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Pastors’ Conference Workshops

The Pastors’ Conference workshops have been completely revised for the 2018 conference. The Conference Team has worked closely with Moody's faculty to craft workshop tracks that will equip church leaders to face the unique challenges that arise in their church.


Tracks:

Communicating God's Word

 

We live in a postmodern and post-Christian culture, but biblical preaching is necessary and still matters. Our preaching track this year takes into consideration the 21st-century preaching context. We will have workshops on preaching biblical poetry, preaching that speaks to millennial and Generation Z women, how to move from text to sermon in 15 hours, style and imagination in biblical preaching, and more. 

Church Management

 

A pastor's job of managing the church is no easy task. The myriad details can include conflict resolution, selecting board members, and providing healthcare for your staff, which can be overwhelming. These sessions offer practical advice for dealing with these tasks to keep your church running smoothly.

 

Evangelism and Discipleship

 

Many in the church today are losing hope. It feels like the church is losing ground in an increasingly secular, diverse, and polarized environment. Questions abound regarding how we can redemptively engage people in this culturally confusing and constantly shifting ministry environment. In the midst of this uncertainty, there is hope. Moving disciple-making back to the center of the church’s activities remains the best way for the church to fulfill this role.

 

Women's Ministry Leaders

 

The women’s track this year is about going deeper in our understanding of Scripture and how to apply it in speaking and teaching. The three parts of the track will include: proclamation preparation, building a theological foundation, and engaging in pastoral care and growth. 

Youth Ministry

 

The youth ministry track is designed for those who work with youth or oversee those who do.  The varied sessions presented by veteran youth workers will look at strategies for adolescent ministry as well as specific challenges youth workers and students face.  

Media and Technology

 

The average American actively consumes 10+ hours of media each day. That’s precisely why the Church should not only understand media from a biblical perspective, but have theology and practices in place to use it for Christ’s Kingdom.

 

Urban Ministry 

 

How do you minister in the inner city? In particular, how do you minister to a city as complicated and diverse as Chicago? This track will explore that.

 

Spiritual Formation and Self-Care

 

True ministry flows from the inner person (John 7:3–39), and genuine growth involves a strengthening of our spirits (Luke 1:80; Eph. 3:16). This track is designed to allow God to do a work in you that He may freely work through you in your ministry.

 

Small Church Leadership

 

This track is designed for the individual who is pastoring a small to medium-sized church and wants to develop additional skills and insights to pastor well. Most small churches operate with a limited budget, limited volunteers, and limited resources. Small church pastors are normally too busy to think about how to do ministry better. This track will help you develop a strategy that will do just that. 

 

En Español

 

Una iglesia vibrante y eficaz es el sueño de todo pastor. ¿Pero cómo alcanzar este sueño con todas las demandas y retos diarios del ministerio? En los talleres de La Conferencia de Moody Para Pastores, usted aprenderá cómo fortalecer su ministerio de enseñanza, cómo alcanzar a futuras generaciones, y aun cómo ayudar a su congregación a navegar temas sociales claves como la inmigración. Regístrese ya y prepárese a obtener herramientas para un ministerio poderoso y eficaz. ¡No se lo pierda!

 

Bonus Workshops

Two workshops that you will not want to miss! These workshops touch on issues for all churches of all sizes and demographics. Both take place when no other activities are happening. 

Sponsored Workshops

Hear from Pastors’ Conference sponsors on various topics relating to their ministries and how their products can better help your church and ministry.


 

Communicating God's Word

Style and Imagination in Biblical Preaching
Winfred Neely

This workshop will help biblical preachers move from exposition to application. They will learn how to use questions that generate concrete and detailed applications, helping listeners understand what the truth looks like in their contemporary lives.

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

The Use of Illustrations and Examples in Biblical Preaching
Winfred Neely

This workshop will help biblical communicators improve their choice and use of words in expository preaching and show them how to use their imaginations and how to appeal to the imagination of their listeners in biblical preaching.

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

From Passage to Pulpit in 12 Hours (or less)
David Giese

Sunday comes every four days! This workshop helps you squeeze every drop of productivity out of every minute in your sermon preparation process. Harnessing the preaching calendar, budgeting your time in the journey from passage to pulpit, scheduling your work week, and the benefits of preaching teams (as avialable) are four areas this worskhop explores toward one end: stewarding time. Biblically deep and culturally relevant preaching can be done in 12 hours (or less). Come and see how. 

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

Biblical Preaching that speaks to Millennial and Generation Z Women
Bex Rowlands- Christ Community Church

Millenial and Generation Z make up over half of the US' current population and at least half of that population is female. We can't ignore it...today's young women carry incredible influence in our society. But what about in our churches? Does our preaching speak to this rising generation of women? How do we effectively communicate Biblical truth to an increasingly post-Christian female demographic?

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

Watch the Preacher Sing and Dance: How Poetic Preaching Moves Us
Kerwin Rodriguez and Emmanuel Padilla

Preaching beautifully often feels like a privilege and a gift not afforded to us. Preparation time is limited and we aren't natural poets, so we neglect the poetry of Scripture. Join us as we explore biblical poetry, how it informs our preaching, and is a gift to the Church. Together we will learn how to use the power of poetic preaching to move our hearts and form our spirits. 

Thursday, May 24 2:00 p.m.

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Church management

Top Legal Issues Impacting Ministries Today: What You Need to Know
Janet Stiven

America's rapidly changing culture and litigous society means that churches and other ministries are increasingly focused on emerging legal issues and their impact on church policies. Join us as we exlore how ministries can act preemptively to guard against legal risks in ministry by developing and consistently enforcing clear policies, including policies related to children's ministries, child abuse prevention, pastoral counseling, employment, facilties use, embezzelment prevention, and copyrights associated with music, photos, and social media use in ministry. We will also discuss the importance of seeking professional legal assistance to assist in key areas of policy development and legal risk management and how to strategically and cost effectively use outside attorneys.

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Administrative Systems in a Small Church
Eric Moore

This session will look at different systems that a small church can implement to help run the operations of the church smoothly. Many small churches struggle because the pastor refuses to accept the fact that the church is both an organism (the body of Christ) and an organization (non-profit entity). This session will look at practical ways to organize and implement structures that will help with the efficiency of your ministry and free the pastor to foucs on caring for his flock.

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

Relationships with Difficult People
Mike Milco 

Difficult people seem to show up everywhere in the landscape of life, especially in the church. During this seminar you will be given tools to help understand and respond to these types of people in Biblical and healthy relational ways. Even if you are aftraid of conflict, this seminar will help you feel more confident in approaching and dealing with difficult people.

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

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Evangelism And Discipleship

From Foreign to Familiar: Churches Reaching Millenials
Beth Seversen

Learn the pathways young adults are following to faith in Christ. We will discuss the approaches effective churches are using that are reaching and keeping millennials to serve young adults' pre-conversion process.

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Optimizing Missional Impact in the Local Church
Mark Seversen

While it may be true that God gives the church mission so that we might join him in transforming the world, it is also true that God gave the church mission to transform the church. Regretfully, "mission" easily becomes a ubiquitous word or marginalized endeavor. This seminar will address the challenges currently facing our churches and highlight five practical steps churches are taking to optimize the impact of mission for the good of the whole church. Brunner was right when he said, "Mission is the church's cause and life. The church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning."

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

"If Jesus is the Answer, What's the Question?" Evangelism in an Age of Skepticism
Jonathan Brooks

We often find ourselves trying to convince people of their need for God. If we are honest, we are often trying to give them a solution to a problem they don't even know they have! What would happen if we began to think differently about our responsibility to our neighbors, so they would begin to ask us questions? By looking at the first three times the gospel message is shared in the book of Acts, we will discuss the evangelistic strategy used by the early church and adapt it for our current context. 

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

Equipping Young Leaders to Live Missionally and Moving Disciple Making to the Center of Church Life
Craig Hendrickson

Almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus unleashed a movement by making disciples. Yet often we move disciple-making to the periphery of church life. Reaching, equipping, and sending followers of Christ gets replaced with programs and services focused on meeting the needs of the already converted. In this workshop, we will learn how to unleash a movement by moving disciple-making back to the center of our communal life. We will learn some practical tips as we explore Jesus' approach to disciple-making in the Gospels.

Thursday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.

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Women's Ministry Leaders

How to Prepare a Message or Devotional Part 1
Rosalie de Rosset

Every time we speak in public about our Christian experience, teach the Scripture or present a devotional talk, it is important that we use the Word of God to undergird what we say. Learning a basic method of choosing a Scriptural passage, studying it, and knowing how to outline it, give the speaker security, organization, and a solid foundation in the Word.

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

How to Prepare a Message or Devotional Part 2
Rosalie de Rosset

Every time we speak in public about our Christian experience, teach the Scripture or present a devotional talk, it is important that we use the Word of God to undergird what we say. Learning a basic method of choosing a Scriptural passage, studying it, and knowing how to outline it, give the speaker security, organization, and a solid foundation in the Word.

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

Me—A Theologian?
Laurie Norris

In this interactive workshop, we will consider how each one of us is a theologian and what it means to think theologically as women. We will discuss the nature of theology and its relationship to Scripture. Not least, we will consider together how theology impacts every part of our lives and how we might practically and more holistically integrate theology within these various spheres of life. 

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

The Power of Story—Biblical and Personal—in Mentoring Women
Jen Underwood

We are wired to love a good story. God knows this and gave us the best story ever, a story in which He continually loves and reaches out to and rescues us and eventually sacrifices Himself for us. The best story is filled with smaller stories and when we tell these to each other, they impact our lives and hearts. In this workshop, you will learn how to tell biblical stories in mentoring situations in ways that naturally help those being mentored see themselves and their own stories in light of God's great narrative.

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

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youth ministry 

How to Develop a Teenager Spiritually
Greg Speck

We all want to see our teenages grow to be devoted followers of Jesus Christ. What can we do to help them become what Christ has created them to be? We will talk about 5 steps we can take with every teen to help them grow up spiritually.

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Equipping or Entertaining?
Bob MacRae

Too many youth "ministries" seem to be focusing on offering studnets a fun time. What should be the purpose of youth ministry? How can you tell the difference between a ministry focused on entertaining students with those purposed to equip students to be fully devoted disciples?

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

Mistakes that Youth Pastors Make
Greg Speck

We all make our rookie mistakes as youth pastors. What are some of the most common mistakes we make in youth ministry? Seeing them can help us to avoid them, which means less trauma for us and those around us. 

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

Walking with a Student Through Pain and Addiction
Tim Downey and Bobby Jackson

We know from pages of Scripture that pain and heartache are an unfortunate reality in this sin-stained world in which we live in. Life can be hard for adolescents as they seek to navigate through the difficulties they face. Students are often hurt by people, parents, and friends. They can make poor choices and do things that they have never thought they would do to numb the pain of everyday life. What if our ministries could provide a place of healing, hope, and transformation for students with pain? Come and hear about how one Student Ministry in Chicago charted a different course towards wholeness for students with pain.

Thursday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.

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Media and Technology

Rethinking Sunday Morning Media
David MacKay

Join me as we explore the intersection of technology and worship, seeking to understand a biblical methodology for the practices we've taken for granted.

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Social Media and the Church: It's Complicated
Elizabeth Doogan

So your church has a Facebook page. Now what? Should you stay on track with trending topics, or stick to using it for your chili cook-off? There’s a method to the madness of social media, and can be a great tool for your ministry. Learn to use it to reach your community and care for your congregation.

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

Reaching Millenials: The Needs of a New Generation
Panel Discussion

Ten years ago, knowing the latest hit and hosting a lock-in was the recipe for successfully connection with youth. Now, between BuzzFeed, dabbing, and Snapchat, it's hard to keep up. You want to reach twenty-somethings, and they long for connection. This session will help equip you to minister to younger generations. 

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

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Urban ministry

Neighborhood Mapping
John Fuder

Implementing and maintaining a relevant, contextualized, church-based ministry requires an intentional, persistent process of diagnosing or analyzing your community. This workshop presents a step-by-step strategy to 'exegete' (examine) a neighborhood, discover needs/assets, and design or adopt viable, sustaining ministry in that community for Kingdom impact.

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

White Awake
Daniel Hill

When it comes to the Biblical call for reconciliation, white Christians in particular often feel lots of confusion. When we look at other groups of color, we see them as having culture - but when it comes to our own we often feel a sense of void. This workshop will explore the diffrence between culture and race, their relationship to whiteness, and the underlying, moral dilemma that sustains it. By growing in understanding in both personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity, this workshop will bring a new perspective on being white and alos empower each person to become and agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world. 

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

Serving in Hurting Communities
Mike Milco

This seminar will give you the tools to become more aware of how to best help those who suffer from the various traumas people experience in our hurting communities. No matter where you live, the effects of trauma are visible. The events of life reshape the person, impact the family and find their way in the church. During this seminar, pastors and ministry leaders will be encouraged to think and explore ways the gospel can intersect with the emotional and spiritual issues many people face.

Tuesday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.

 

Spiritual formation/ self-care

How to Resurrect a Dead Prayer Life
William Thrasher

D.L. Moody said, "I had rather teach one person to pray than ten men to preach." This workshop not only encourages one to pray, but introduces one to a clean explanation of the Spiritual dynamic that lead one into developing and sustaining a meaningful prayer life. Knowing the importance of prayer may only discourage you. This workshop explains how to get beyond this discouragement and get to victorious prayer. Sooner or later seeking to develop the discipline of prayer leads to failure. This failure leads to a lack of expectancy in prayer. This workshop gives hope and direction to transform this failure into victorious praying. 

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Finishing Strong in Your Life and Ministry 
Harry Shields

Moses, the great patriarch of Israel, cried out to God, "Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts." The reality is that all of us have less time than we ever had before. Many of us have fewer days in pastoral ministry than ever before! Since this is the case, we would be wise to implement strategies that will help us to conclude full-time ministry with grace and prodcutivity. This workshop is designed to assist pastors contemplating retirement to plan now with "the end in mind".  

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

The Most Neglected Spiritual Discipline in the Church
Karl Clauson

There is one essential discipline that can blow life into our lives and those we lead. Trying to pray, fast, study, et.al., will only heap frustration on the life of a disciple until we get our life aligned with God and deal a blow to sin - it's essential. Get God's vision for how to cling to what is good and take hold of abundant life. 

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

Understanding and Connecting to the Emerging Generation of Millennials in their Spiritual Life

In this workshop we'll consider some of the spiritual challenges facing the emerging generation (millenials), including issues that tend to divide the generations. We'll also see that, though the challenges are real, the opportunities for growth are great and evidence of the Lord's work leads to an optimistic view of the future of the Church.  

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

Guard Yourself and Others in Living a Life of Purity in a Polluted Culture
James Elwell

This session is specifically designed for men in ministry and leadership. The aim is to inform, inspire and train men to follow Jesus in the area of sexual purity. Daily, we are faced with a barrage of images, words and innuendos that can entice our hearts away from God's intentions for our sexuality. Drawing on his personal experience, research, and ministry to hundreds of men caught in sexual failures, Jim will present principlas and tools that lead to personal healing, protection and ministry to others. The workshop will cast a vision for a Christ centered life of sexual purity and purpose. (Men Only)- No filiming is allowed in this session.  

Thursday, May 24 2:00 p.m.

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Small Church Leadership

Closing the Back Door: Practices that Will Make it Hard for Your Guests Not to Stick Around
Richard Tatina

How do we care for those who visit our churches in such a way that they are the most likely to stick around? Much of it has to do with how we treat them before and after they enter our churches. This workshop will explore simple, practical ideas to help your church close your back door and retain your first-time guests.  

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Leaving the Large Church's Shadow: Ordinary Means and Realistic Expectations
Eric Redmond

This workshop will address issues of church growth within the context of the expectations of a congregation--expectations often generated by comparisons of small churches to larger churches. The discussion will consider the role of the Protestant Reformers' "ordinary means of grace" for maturity and a small-sized congregation's effective witness in society

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

Rehab for the Church's Apathy Towards the Affluent
Will Pareja

What mentality should the local church have whose immediate mission field has gentrified or become smitten with "affluenza"? Let's recover together in this session the sufficiency of the whole Gospel for small church, big church, rich 'hoods, suburbia or inner city.  

Thursday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.

Conflict: Cover it Up or Bring it Up?
Tim Downey

Daily life is filled with conflict. From the benign to the destructive, our lives and ministries are continually faced with difficult conversations, attitudes, and decisions. Sometimes we resolve it and all is well, other times we ignore it hoping it will go away. How we as leaders address conflict in our homes and churches ultimately impacts the trajectory of both. This workshop will discuss a biblical approach to godly, redemptive conflict management. 

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

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En Espanol

Preaching for the Latino Church
Kerwin Rodriguez

 

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

Multigenerational Ministry in Immigrant Communities
Danny Martinez

La clave es entender la cultura de las comunidades inmigrantes, específicamente las comunidades Latinas, para atraer la primera y segunda generaciones. Estamos perdiendo a nuestros jóvenes en las Iglesias predominantes de la primera generación y la brecha se expande aún más. Entablaremos conversaciones de las consideraciones importantes de ministrar y fortalecer la familia de Dios y la Iglesia inmigrante.

Thursday, May 24 2:00 p.m.

Creando Cultura: Manejando la herramienta mas poderosa del ministro.
Emanuel Padilla

Creando Cultura: Manejando la herramienta más poderosa del ministro
Abstracto: Creando cultura y ambiente es una de las responsabilidades más importante de cualquier pastor o líder. Sin embargo, es un tema entre los mas ignorados. En esta sesión, asistentes obtendrán un modelo de analizar la cultura de su congregación y herramientas para crear una cultura saludable. Juntos veremos ejemplos de como la cultura afecta nuestros ministerios y aprenderemos como manipular cultura para servir nuestra misión como pastores.

Thursday, May 24 9:45 a.m.

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Bonus Workshops

10 Ways God Provides When the Paycheck Isn’t Big Enough
Brian Kluth: National Director of the National Association of Evangelicals. 

This Bible-based, God-centered message has been well received. At five Free Methodist conferences, this message was the #1 rated message our of seven keynote messages. Includes six free months of post-conference training online on pastoral finances.

Thursday, May 24, 3:30 p.m.

Discipleship or Bust: Equipping for the Work of the Ministry in a Sexually and Gender Expressive Age
Panel of Licensed Clinicians and those walking out of gay/transgender identities.

The transformational journey of the gender "atypical" and sexually addicted is a revelation to the entire Church of the power of Jesus and His Gospel. This panel is populated by men and women who are walking the arduous path out of gay/transgender identities and by licensed clinicians who will offer hopeful and practical insight and instruction for ministering among the addicted and to those who identify as transgender or gay/lesbian. Story, steps, and resources for the local church. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2:00 p.m.

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Sponsored Workshops 

Transforming Presence
Presented by: Moody Publishers
Daniel Hendersen

An accessible look at the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and how instead of trying to transform our lives from the outside in, we are being renewed from the inside out through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

A Model for Local Leadership
Presented by: Biblical Eldership Resources

Chuck Gianotti

Using the online materials of Bilbical Eldership Resources, this presentation will show how local church pastors and elders can develop and set up a Bible-driven, practical, and sustainable training program for potential elders and spiritual leaders as well as building up existing leaders. "Passing the baton of leadership from one generations of elders to the next".

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

Navigating the Law in a Changing Culture
Presented by: Alliance Defending Freedom 

J.D. Mesnard

In today's culture, churches face changing laws that can affect and limit their ministries. This workshop provides an overview of those cultural and legal challenges and offers one practical step churches must take to successfully navigate these new and treacherous legal waters. 

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

Who is She? Debunking Myths about the Woman Who Seeks to Have an Abortion
Presented by: Caris Pregnancy Counseling and Resources

Monique Schlichtman

Our response as a church to women facing unplanned pregnancy begins with us first knowing who she is. Who is the woman likely to face an unplanned pregnancy and what can we do to ensure that our response to her is one of grace and compassion instead of judgement and shame? This interactive workshop will engage you in a conversation and give you some practical ways of getting involved in the issue of unplanned pregnancy and abortion. 

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

Increasing Bible Engagement in your Church
Presented By: Tyndale House

Keith Williams- Senior Editor, Bibles

Bibles are ubiquitous in our churches in both print and digital formats, but research indicates that this hasn't led to increased Bible literacy. What can we do about this? Join us for a conversation about the barriers your congregation faces to growing Bible literacy and how Bible publishers can help by creating tools that will help you address them. 

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

Vital Signs- Assessing our Spiritual Health, the Christian, the Church, and the Pastors
Presented by: Village Missions

David Hernandez

How do we access the overall spiritual health of ourselves and the churches we serve? This seminar helps us use the practical tools of 5 Spiritual Vital Signs and the SWOT analysis grid to discern the direction of our lives and ministry. Using 5 vital signs seen in the book of Acts and the New Testament and explaining the SWOT evaluation tool, we can better understand the trajectory of our ministry, and how we can improve areas of weakness and continue to grow in our strengths. 

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

How To Combat Divorce in Your Church
Presented by: Love and Respect Ministries

Matt Loehr

Divorce is rampant in our churches today and it's time we do something different to strengthen and protect marriages and families. In this workshop you will discover a revolutionary process to help couples in crisis. Implementing this process that utilizes biblical principles to identify core heart issues you will begin to see a shift in the condition of marriages in your church and community. This is a workshop you don't want to miss. 

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.


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