Friday, November 1 (AM)

Track 1: Expository Preaching & Teaching

Morning Classes (Choose one)

Dr. Joel Gregory

Class Title

Prunes and Cheese: Thriving in the Highs and Lows of Preaching

Description

This class will speak to specific strategies in the often noted changes of the post-pandemic church. What kinds of approaches and content best treat the new reality of in church life.

Pastor Reginald Taylor

Class Title

Thinking Hermeneutically

Description

This class will explore seven steps for preparing expository sermons.

Dr. Jim E. Allman

Class Title

What is Faith?

Description

What do we mean when we talk about faith?

Dr. David Allen

Class Title

Text-Driven Preaching: What, Why, and How

Description

This workshop wlll define text-driven preaching and then explain why it is the best way to preach. This is followed by practical “how to” from a passage in the book of Hebrew.

Dr. Darrell Hall

Class Title

Speaking Across Generations

Description

Even if churches are predominantly made up of one age group, they are still intergenerational environments. Trying to deliver the same message to Elders, Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials, and Gen Zers can be frustrating. Come and join Dr. Darrell Hall, the author of Speaking Across Generations, as he shares powerful insights on how to communicate more effectively with people of all ages and stages. This session will confirm, comfort, and equip you to share biblical messages in unique generational languages.

Dr. Bartholomew Orr

Class Title

Sermon Illustrations: Connecting with Your Congregation

Description

In this breakout session, Dr. Orr explores the art of selecting and integrating sermon illustrations that resonate with diverse audiences without diluting the core message of the Gospel. Participants will learn how to effectively use analogies, props and real-life examples to enhance understanding and engagement. This session will provide practical tips on tailoring illustrations to match the cultural, generational, and spiritual backgrounds of the congregation, ensuring that each sermon not only informs but also transforms.

Friday, November 1 (AM)

Track 2: Strategies for Church Growth and Development

Morning Classes (Choose one)

Pastor Tommy Cash

Class Title

Empowered to Evangelize: Tools for Modern Missionaries

Description

In this class, participants will learn how to effectively spread their faith using modern evangelism strategies that can help grow their church. Emphasis will be on mastering digital tools, social media outreach, and creating engaging content that resonates across diverse audiences. We’ll explore the nuances of virtual evangelism, the power of personal testimonies online, and how to maintain a vibrant church community in a digital age.

Rev. Jewel London

Class Title

Charting the Course: Strategic Planning for Church Leaders

Description

In today’s dynamic and ever-changing environment, church leaders face unique challenges and opportunities for growth. This breakout session is designed to equip pastors, ministry leaders, and church administrators with the tools and insights needed to develop and implement strategies to guide their congregations toward growth and impactful ministry.

Dr. Timothy Jackson, Jr.

Class Title

Developing and Equipping Secondary Leaders

Description

The role of effective secondary leaders in the church is pivotal for churches of all sizes. Secondary leaders bridge the gap between the pastor and the congregation by nurturing spiritual growth, fostering community, and ensuring the seamless operation of the church at-large. This class will empower pastors and church leaders with the principles and practices needed for secondary leaders to effectively operate in their roles in the life of the church, executing the overall vision of the church.

Mrs. Adrienne Foster

Class Title

“Biblical Principles for Financial Success: A Faith-Based Approach”

Description

Discover how timeless biblical principles can guide you to financial success. This session integrates spiritual insights with practical financial advice, helping you achieve financial wellness through faith-based stewardship.

Friday, November 1 (AM)

Track 3: Leadership and Personal Growth in Ministry

Morning Classes (Choose one)

Pastor Melvin Watkins

Class Title

Rekindling Joy: Strategies to Thrive in Ministry

Description

This course is designed to speak directly to pastors and ministry leaders in general to offer inspiration and practical advice on maintaining their well-being, enthusiasm, and optimism while fulfilling their calling during challenging times.

Dr. Leo H. Davis , Jr

Class Title

Harmonies of Transition: Musical Metamorphosis in Sacred Spaces

Description

This class will explore the transformative power of music within sacred spaces, focusing on the evolution of musical traditions in diverse congregational settings. From crossing cultural borders to embracing new musical landscapes, each chapter delves into different aspects of navigating change and celebrating diversity in worship practices. Readers will learn about harmonizing cultures, finding unity in faith, and crafting new sounds for evolving communities. The book also delves into the challenges of adapting musical styles, fostering relationships across cultural divides, and revitalizing worship through inclusivity. “Harmonies of Transition” offers a rich tapestry of insights on how music can inspire resilience, connection, and renewal in times of transition.

Pastor Earnest & Rev. Roline Thomas

Class Title

How to Manage Your Judas

Description

It appears that Jesus made a leadership mistake by choosing Judas to be on his team. However, a better understanding of scripture teaches us that even Judas played a necessary and important role in the ministry of our Lord. Are you able to get the best out of your Judas moments? This class will discuss how God uses Judas experiences to help you mature and make it to your divine destination.

Mrs. Vicki Cox

Class Title

More Than a Calling: Part I – Building Your Church Leadership Team

Description

Develop a Leadership Team that is called by God and focused on the needs of the congregation and the Church Mission. Part I of this course will aid in evaluating how your church selects leaders and the role leader fulfil in ministry.

Friday, November 1 (PM)

Track 1: Expository Preaching & Teaching

Afternoon Classes (Choose one)

Dr. Joel Gregory

Class Title

Windows for your Sermon House: Illustrations that Sparkle

Description

As never before in a short attention span world sermons demand illustrative material that is fresh, believable, and relevant. Joel will share an approach to illustrating that you can use this very next Sunday that will add luster to your preaching.

Dr. Jim Allman

Class Title

What Does It Mean to Live by Faith?

Description

This session will highlight OT people who lived (or didn’t) by faith to help Christians know what living by faith means.

Dr. Claybon Lea

Class Title

Intentional Discipleship

Description

A commitment to discipleship is deliberate and ​sacrificial. We will explore guidance from the word on how to carry this out in our ministries.

Dr. Tyshawn Gardner

Class Title

Preaching for the Hurting

Description

This workshop will explore a methodology for preachers and pastors to craft effective sermons that speak to people affected by trauma, hurt, and who are dealing with major personal, family, and ecclesial pain. Participants will learn to develop a hermeneutical and homiletical lens for preaching through their own pain and for preaching to those in pain.

Friday, November 1 (PM)

Track 2: Strategies for Church Growth and Development

Afternoon Classes (Choose one)

Dr. Stephane Cole

Class Title

Church Trauma an Invisible Hurdle to Church Growth

Description

This class we will define Church Trauma and the symptoms. We will also discuss the groups most affected today due to Church Trauma and how do we create an environment that is healthy for healing Church Trauma.

Pastor Floyd Lee III “Tre”

Class Title

Discipling The Millennial Generation Inside and Outside the Church

Description

This class purpose is to discuss strategies and methods to help build a proper young adult ministry for all church sizes that can save a generation that is leaving the church or sometimes overlooked. The message never changes but our methods can! (Mark 2:22)

Rev. Jewel London

Class Title

Charting the Course: Strategic Planning for Church Leaders

Description

In today’s dynamic and ever-changing environment, church leaders face unique challenges and opportunities for growth. This breakout session is designed to equip pastors, ministry leaders, and church administrators with the tools and insights needed to develop and implement strategies to guide their congregations toward growth and impactful ministry.”

Dr. Bartholomew Orr

Class Title

How To Lead and Manage Through Change

Description

Change is a constant in any dynamic church environment, and leading through it requires both vision and adaptability. In this session, Dr. Orr will discuss the challenges and opportunities that change presents within church leadership. Attendees will learn strategies for anticipating and managing change, ways to communicate effectively with stakeholders, and how to inspire and empower teams to embrace new directions. This session is crucial for leaders looking to foster a culture of innovation and resilience in their ministries.

Friday, November 1 (PM)

Track 3: Leadership and Personal Growth in Ministry

Afternoon Classes (Choose one)

Pastor Melvin Watkins

Class Title

Rekindling Joy: Strategies to Thrive in Ministry

Description

This course is designed to speak directly to pastors and ministry leaders in general to offer inspiration and practical advice on maintaining their well-being, enthusiasm, and optimism while fulfilling their calling during challenging times.

Pastor Terry Anderson

Class Title

Leadership During Times of Transition

Description

Nailing down a definite “how to” model of leadership is hard because the practice of the art is always under examination. Everything around us is constantly changing. Change is the river in which we swim. Sometimes the current is strong and swift. At other times swift transitions leave us unprepared. Swift transitions and transitions of any kind require leadership. In this class, I hope to give attention to how transactional leadership works during times of transition.

Rev Muriel Taylor

Class Title

The Doctrine of Prayer – What If?

Description

Prayer is the oxygen and life-giving force to our very existence. It is the power behind our every thought and well being. This class will demonstrate how prayer works on our behalf and also note some of the reasons why our prayers seem to go unanswered.

Saturday, November 2 (AM)

Track 1: Expository Preaching & Teaching

Morning Classes (Choose one)

Pastor Reginald Taylor

Class Title

Thinking Hermeneutically

Description

This class will explore ways to prepare, produce, and present expository messages using various sermon forms.

Dr. Claybon Lea

Class Title

Intentional Discipleship

Description

A commitment to discipleship is deliberate and ​sacrificial. We will explore guidance from the word on how to carry this out in our ministries.

Dr. David Allen

Class Title

Preaching Hebrews

Description

This workshop will cover how to preach a series of sermons on Hebrews. Included will be help on background, structure, theological issues, etc.

Dr. Bartholomew Orr

Class Title

Sermon Prep: Crafting a Dynamic Preaching Guide

Description

Dr. Orr delves into the essentials of sermon preparation, demonstrating how to develop a structured preaching guide that flows seamlessly and resonates deeply with any church congregation. This session will explore Dr. Orr’s own method of a Daily Devotional Reading plan to demonstrate how the Holy Spirit can move even in our long-term planning

Dr. Tyshawn Gardner

Class Title

Preaching for the Hurting

Description

This workshop will explore a methodology for preachers and pastors to craft effective sermons that speak to people affected by trauma, hurt, and who are dealing with major personal, family, and ecclesial pain. Participants will learn to develop a hermeneutical and homiletical lens for preaching through their own pain and for preaching to those in pain.

Saturday, November 2 (AM)

Track 2: Strategies for Church Growth and Development

Morning Classes (Choose one)

Pastor Tommy Cash

Class Title

Reviving the Spirit: Activating Your Church in Community Renewal

Description

This session focuses on transforming faith into action within our communities, particularly through initiatives that address social issues and promote spiritual revival. We’ll explore how to mobilize your church to make a tangible impact in your local area, such as through community service, social justice efforts, and partnerships with local organizations. Attendees will learn to identify community needs, organize impactful projects, and engage congregations in sustained efforts that reflect the love and teachings of Christ.

Pastor Floyd Lee III “Tre”

Class Title

Discipling The Millinial Generation Inside and Outside the Church Part 2

Description

This class purpose is to discuss strategies and methods to help build a proper young adult ministry for all church sizes that can save a generation that is leaving the church or sometimes overlooked. The message never changes but our methods can! (Mark 2:22)

Dr. Timothy Jackson, Jr.

Class Title

Developing and Equipping Secondary Leaders

Description

The role of effective secondary leaders in the church is pivotal for churches of all sizes. Secondary leaders bridge the gap between the pastor and the congregation by nurturing spiritual growth, fostering community, and ensuring the seamless operation of the church at-large. This class will empower pastors and church leaders with the principles and practices needed for secondary leaders to effectively operate in their roles in the life of the church, executing the overall vision of the church.

Mrs. Adrienne Foster

Class Title

“Biblical Principles for Financial Success: A Faith-Based Approach”

Description

Discover how timeless biblical principles can guide you to financial success. This session integrates spiritual insights with practical financial advice, helping you achieve financial wellness through faith-based stewardship.

Saturday, November 2 (AM)

Track 3: Leadership and Personal Growth in Ministry

Morning Classes (Choose one)

Dr. Stephane Cole

Class Title

Share Your Platform and Share Your Load

Description

This class leaders will be encouraged to share their platform and influence. We will discuss how sharing your platform lightens your load and increases your influence and reach. This class will equip Leaders, Pastors, and Teachers with practical tools to assist them in sharing their platform and influence.

Dr. Leo H. Davis , Jr

Class Title

Harmonies of Transition: Musical Metamorphosis in Sacred Spaces

Description

This class will explore the transformative power of music within sacred spaces, focusing on the evolution of musical traditions in diverse congregational settings. From crossing cultural borders to embracing new musical landscapes, each chapter delves into different aspects of navigating change and celebrating diversity in worship practices. Readers will learn about harmonizing cultures, finding unity in faith, and crafting new sounds for evolving communities. The book also delves into the challenges of adapting musical styles, fostering relationships across cultural divides, and revitalizing worship through inclusivity. “Harmonies of Transition” offers a rich tapestry of insights on how music can inspire resilience, connection, and renewal in times of transition.

Pastor Earnest & Rev. Roline Thomas

Class Title

Dealing with Church Hurt

Description

Church is supposed to be a place of safety and community. It is a place where you can let down your guard, worship and serve. No one expects to be attacked in holy places. Unfortunately, this is what happens when church leaders and/or church members break and wound you emotionally and spiritually? Let’s look at how you can recover from church hurt and move forward.

Dr Darrell Hall

Class Title

The Homiletic Chef: Developing a Sermon Menu to Nourish the Generations

Description

How do family cooks prepare great feasts to feed everyone regardless of their age, stage, or palate? Trying to cook up sermons to nourish Elders, Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials, and Gen Zers can be frustrating. Come and join Dr. Darrell Hall, the author of Speaking Across Generations, as he shares powerful insights on how to develop a sermonic menu to feed all ages and stages. This session will confirm, comfort, and equip you to share biblical messages in unique generational languages and plan your preaching to include every generational palate.

First Lady Loie Watkins

Class Title 

Leading Ladies: Becoming The Best You – Pastor Wives only

Description

God uses our flaws, fears, strengths and faith to shape and evolve us into the leading ladies whom He has created us to be. As we trust and depend on God, He will lead, guide and direct us to become our best while reaching our fullest potential. This session is to provide you with encouragement and insights to help you evaluate your personal attributes and reflect on your unique calling in ministry. Go forth as the leading lady you were destined to be!

Mrs. Vicki Cox

Class Title

More Than a Calling: Part II – The Expectation Gap

Description

Develop a Leadership Team that is called by God and focused on the needs of the congregation and the Church Mission. Part II of this course will discuss how Conflict can BUILD and GROW Ministry. Don’t run from Conflict embrace it!