SPARK CONFERENCE

AUG 27  |  9:00AM - 3:00PM

2022 GA Baptist

Spark Conference 

AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

COME ENJOY TEACHING & TRAINING

Please join us for the 2022 GA Baptist Spark Conference! They have lined up some of the best ministry leaders to teach and train us through keynote and breakout sessions. 

 

"We've assembled a diverse team of practicing leaders prepared to give you best practices in their field of expertise. Every part of the gathering - from our keynote speakers to our SPARK breakout sessions - has been intentionally designed by our team to equip and inspire leaders. Make plans now to join us online for #SPARKcon2022!"

Registration

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Schedule

9:00 Intro

9:30 Keynote

10:30 Breakouts

11:30 Keynote

12:30 Lunch

1:15 Breakouts

2:15 Keynote

3:00 Close

BREAKOUTS

Collegiate

Engaged, Equipped, and Empowered for Collegiate Ministry led by Beverly Skinner

Level up the young adult ministry in your church by engaging students on the college or university campus in your community. This interactive dialogue will include a veteran BCM campus minister and a church staff member who is a volunteer BCM leader. The discussion will explore how your church can be equipped and empowered for effective ministry on your local college campus.

 

Increase Your Kingdom Impact Through On-Campus Collegiate Ministry led by Arliss Dickerson

Why should your church be engaged in on-campus ministry in your community? Because the college campuses of America are one of our greatest mission fields! With over 40 years of experience partnering with churches through on-campus ministry, Arliss will unpack the why and the how of advancing the gospel on the campus in your community.

 

Discipleship

5 Essentials for a Great Small Group/Sunday School Leader led by Scott Sullivan

Learn five key characteristics of group leaders who excel every week at teaching and leading. This session is packed with practical content to help you take the next step in making disciple makers in a group setting.

 

The Inspired Teacher led by Allen Taylor

Teaching the Bible is a basic, core function of every New Testament church. It affects everything we do. Teaching affects the way we do evangelism, discipleship, ministry, worship, fellowship, prayer, service, relationships – everything. You can’t grow a groups ministry with ineffective teachers. We will consider why we teach, what we teach, how to prepare, how to teach, and how to connect.

 

The Greater Work: Disciple Making Anytime Anywhere led by Bill Wilks

With no church buildings or ministry budgets, Jesus launched a grassroots disciple-making movement that literally turned the world upside down. Regardless of the size or location of your building, join us as we consider how to reignite the disciple-making movement of the early church and build a church without walls through your ministry.

 

Being a Single-Friendly Church led by PJ Dunn

One-third of families are single-parent households. Over half the adults in America today are single adults. Forty percent of marriages end in divorce, and the average age for marriage is now 30 for men and 29 for women. Churches that embraces singles of all backgrounds will be the church that reaches the community. Learn simple and easy ways to connect with singles around you without starting a program or ministry.

 

Building a Culture of Discipleship led by PJ Dunn

What really changes the culture of discipleship in a church? A program? A pastor? Curriculum? Only when we change the culture of discipleship at our church will we see our church make disciples.

 

Directing My Church's Teaching Ministry (Part 1) led by Ken Braddy

Join us to learn essential elements of a strong teaching ministry that makes disciples and leaves a legacy of faith beyond your ministry.

 

Directing My Church's Teaching Ministry (Part 2) led by Ken Braddy

Join us to learn essential elements of a strong teaching ministry that makes disciples and leaves a legacy of faith beyond your ministry.

 

Men’s Ministry That Changes the World led by Ken Adams

In this session, you will learn how to develop a ministry to men in your church that helps men that impacts their community and world.

 

Evangelism

Building Evangelistic Churches led by Brad Marchman 

Every pastor wants to reach more lost people with the gospel. Every pastor wants to see their people actively participating in the in the task of evangelism. This training offers a tool that will help make this a reality for your church by creating a strategic plan for intentional and continuous evangelism. This game plan will also lead your people to be more gospel focused and mobilized to participate in the process. It's a tool that will help you change the culture of your church and have your people looking to impact their community with the gospel.

 

Making Your Events Evangelistic led by Steve Foster

Growing churches prioritize their events and leverage them to produce a harvest by intentionally being evangelistic. Steve will share eight steps in planning an effective evangelistic event that will engage your church members to have evangelistic excitement in reaching lost people with the gospel.

 

Evangelizing Without Memorizing led by Matt Queen

Typically, if someone wants to learn how to evangelize, they are taught to memorize a script or outline. However, some people find it difficult to memorize in general. Add on trying to keep straight what they are to say in the middle of a conversation, and you've got a struggle. This training will help believers learn how to share the gospel with a new technique – no memorizing required!

 

Georgia Baptist Women

The Leadership Pivot: Embracing Your Strengths led by Connie Dixon

It’s common to only focus on weaknesses and areas of improvement when assessing your own leadership skills and style. But what would happen if you made a pivot toward your strengths? Join in and learn how to embrace your leadership strengths and take them to the next level.

 

Trends Affecting Ministry to Women led by Kelly King

There is no secret that the past two years have affected everyone, including those who are ministering to women. What trends will affect the way you lead in the coming year? How are you connecting with women in the local church and addressing the most pressing needs? This session doesn't provide all the answers, but we'll look at ways you can be prepared for the changing ministry landscape.

 

Missions

Multicultural Ministry vs Multiethnic Outreach led by Mark Hearn

Author of "Technicolor and Hearing in Technicolor" Mark explores how members of his congregation experienced the joys, struggles, and triumphs of being a part of a multi-ethnic church. This provides a glimpse of the nature of a church that reflects its community. He also differentiates multicultural ministry from multi-site ethnic church planting.

 

Next Gen

Reaching the Next Generation with the Gospel led by Shane Pruitt

In this session, we will learn about the next generation and best practices to reach them with the gospel. We will also discuss current trends and how this generation is responding to the gospel in ways indicate that they are not the future of the church but are the church now.

 

Preaching the Bible in a Changing Culture led by Andy Blanks

Our world has changed. The pandemic has reshaped every aspect of our culture, including the rhythms surrounding our faith. When preaching the Bible to teenagers, some best-practices are timeless and unchanging. And there are also new variables that must be considered. In this session, Andy will walk youth workers through the non-negotiables of effectively preaching the Word to students in a culture that is radically changing around us.

 

Next Gen - Kids

Ages and Stages Discipleship for Home and Church led by Landry Holmes

Today’s parents feel ill-equipped to spiritually train and educate their preschoolers and elementary-aged kids. Based on the principle that preschoolers and kids learn and comprehend concepts differently as they grow in maturity, we will look at how to provide an age-suitable discipleship approach at home and at church.

 

Babysitter or Disciple Maker led by Landry Holmes

Most preschoolers have yet to trust Jesus as their Savior and Lord, which is the first step in becoming His disciple. However, God can use us to build foundations for discipleship in the lives of preschoolers. Let’s learn to be disciple makers, rather than babysitters.

 

The Fruit of the Spirit Isn't a Coconut led by Jenni Carter

When kids hear the churchy words "Fruit of the Spirit," do they think of apples, oranges, and coconuts? Maybe! In this session, leaders will learn valuable ways to share about the work of the Holy Spirit in words that will make sense to boys and girls.

 

Pastor Wellness

Reclaiming Your Physical Health led by David Smith

Many years of ministry stress and neglect of my health took a toll on me that was much greater than I realized. Reclaiming my physical health provided a fresh focus and renewed energy for God’s calling on my life. Join this session as we discuss how to reclaim your physical health.

 

I Never Joined the Circus, So How Do I Keep the Plates Spinning: The Joys and Challenges of Bi-Vocational Ministry led by Cory Thomas

Paul himself was skilled at Spinning Plates through his employment as a tent maker and yet preached the gospel with fervency. I am sure he had many setbacks and lots of victories. Bi-vocational ministry is tough but can be extremely rewarding. With every challenge God always brings about joy. In this session, both will be examined and experiences shared to not only give insight but encouragement as well to all who serve bi-vocationally.

 

Sticking the Stories of the Bible led by Kyle Walker

Every preacher loves a good three-point outline! However, have you ever had that nagging feeling that your outline didn’t quite do the biblical story justice? The stories of the Bible can be challenging to capture and communicate in a sermon. They have a way of defying our tried and true outlines. This breakout session will provide insights and tactics for sticking (landing) the stories of the Bible in your sermons. Letting the story drive the sermon is possible and this breakout will show you how.

 

Start Strong in Retirement led by Shawn Rick and Dorrough Wells

We're not just building a foundation for a few years; we're building for a lifetime. This session is designed to help you: Know the difference between a 401(k) and a 403(b) Understand retirement contribution options Identify an appropriate savings and investment approach.

 

Unleashing Leadership from the Inside Out led by Jason Britt

As pastors and church leaders, God has given us everything we need when it comes to leadership and influence by entrusting us with His people. Come hear the story of how God unleashed a new work at Bethlehem Church when the people joined in the mission to reach those who weren't in the church. We'll look at practical tips on empowering volunteer leaders, principles for unleashing a culture of leadership within the church, and encouragement along the way in your revitalization efforts.

 

Public Affairs

Sexual Abuse Risk: Changes in the Landscape led by Greg Love

Child sexual abuse is traumatic; mishandling an abuse allegation can compound the trauma. How a ministry handles an outcry can have a tremendous impact on an abuse victim/survivor – both good and bad. Gregory Love will discuss the importance of correctly handling an abuse allegation – current outcries and historical allegations. The session will also address the fear most ministries have related to ‘false allegations’.

 

Religious Liberty: Be Strong and Courageous led by Kelvin Cochran

Religious liberty cases continue to abound for Alliance Defending Freedom. Believers are becoming increasingly bold in living out their faith. However, too many are yet passive and silent for fear of worldly consequences. This presentation celebrates the brave and encourages others to be strong and courageous.

 

Worship & Music

Better Sundays Begin on Monday led by David Manner

Implementing a collaborative process of analyzing worship services or planning for upcoming services requires a deep level of humility, trust, and shared accountability. It also requires selfless leaders who are willing to sacrifice their own ideas and interests for the greater worshiping good of the congregation. Better Sundays Begin on Mondays offers foundational worship considerations to help leadership teams ask questions evaluatively rather than defensively.

 

Creating LifeLong Worshippers: Why Next Gen Worship? led by Teri Van Duyn

One of the most asked questions in worship and music ministry today is this: How do we get more young people involved? One way is to start encouraging the youngest people in our congregation to live a life of worship. Teri has done this for many years at the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. In this breakout, you will learn how to create a ministry to our younger generations to help them engage in the worship and music ministries of our local churches. Come see how to create passion in the youngest members of your church to use their talents in your church.

 

Mission Georgia

How to Build Relationships With the Nations in Your City led by Lori McDaniel

We have God-appointed opportunities in our country to build relationships with foreigners, and the Bible has a lot to say about it. We are afraid, uncertain what to say, or don’t know how to get past “hello” to an ongoing conversation. Building relationships with people from other nations is not difficult once we know where to begin.

 

Are You a Light, or Just Lightning? led by Taylor Field

Join Taylor, a Send Relief Missionary who has worked with vulnerable people in under-resourced communities for almost 40 years, as he shares the five things he wished that he had understood about serving communities when he started.

 

Church Security

Making and Keeping Our Churches Safe led by Ben O'Neal

We will be discussing how to start a security program in your church. If you have one already, we'll look at how to improve your existing team. We will discuss behaviors and indicators and what types of responsibilities will be needed to effectively protect a church and their congregations. We will also discuss what Georgia law says about carrying weapons in church.

 

Church Planting, Replanting & Revitalization

Key Habits of a Healthy Church Planter led by Rolando Castro

What is the common ground for successful church planters? Do you know if you are on the path of a healthy church plant or not? This breakout will describe the best practices or habits church planters can develop regardless of their location, denominational affiliation, or ethnic background.

 

Foundations of Church Revitalization led by Kenneth Priest

We will define church revitalization and its sub-categories of church replanting, mergers and acquisitions, and spiritual renewal. Foundational steps will be provided on developing and launching a revitalization process in your church.

 

Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief: Being Part of Something Larger Than Yourself led by Dwain Carter 

Disaster is inevitable and the local church is uniquely positioned to meet this challenge purposefully.Join this breakout to learn how to do evangelism and discipleship by engaging in Disaster Relief.

 

Associational Missions

Associational Leadership: The Struggle is Real led by Bob Bumgarner

If your last 24 months have been anything like most of us, you have been reminded that holding a position of leadership is not the same thing as leading. In our time together, we will consider five helpful tools that can increase your value as an associational leader.