2017 Schedule

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Sunday, October 1

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm                                          

Registration
In front of Williams-Branch Center for Biblical Studies

Welcome, Food Trucks, Music
Thelma Gaylord Forum

Singing groups: New Reign and Northeast Church of Christ Singers

7:00 pm

Worship
Hardeman Auditorium

Keynote: Believe! Engaging Faith in a Post-Truth Culture
Phil Brookman

Light & Darkness: A performance of John’s Gospel
Arthur Morton

8:30 pm

Dessert, Coffee, Music
McIntosh Conservatory

Sunset International Bible Institute Reception

Monday Morning:

  • Engaging Faith Sessions (Each session is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with a break in the middle. These sessions are designed for both presentation and interaction, with emphasis on engaging faith in your life and church. Each class host will include others in presentation and dialogue.)

    • Owning Faith: Reimagining the Role of Church and Family in the Faith Journey of Teenagers (Dudley Chancey/Ron Bruner)
    • John for Everyday Disciples (Bill Day)
    • Discipleship for Women (Ashley Weaver)
    • How to Create a Healthy Church Culture (Rusty Tugman/Nathan Mellor)
    • Finding God in Nazareth: Building the Kingdom in Rural America Part 1 (Jim Weaver)
    • Why Isis and Radical Islam is Good News for the Gospel (Dan Bouchelle)
  • Changing Leaders / Leading Change (Dr. Steve Shaffer)
  • Ibaraki: 70 Years of Kingdom Life in Japan (Jim Batten)
  • Engaging Faith Talks Part 1 (A series of 15-minute talks - similar to Ted Talks - centered on ideas about engaging faith in your life, church, and community)
    • Cards of Care as Ministry in the Workplace (Karen King)
      How personal notes and cards to co-workers become opportunities for ministry.
    • The Coming Kingdom: Discovering Jesus in Muslim Strongholds (Chris Shelby)
      Stories of faith, sacrifice and Jesus among emerging believers in unexpected places.
    • Listening as God's Hospitality with Newcomers (Payton Minzenmayer)
      How a church listens to newcomers as the first move of welcome.
    • I Don't Need Church: Making Church Matter to Twenties and Thirties (Trey Talley)

Monday Afternoon:

  • Post-Truth: What is It & Why It Matters (Jim Baird)
  • Engaging Faith Sessions (Each session is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with a break in the middle. These sessions are designed for both presentation and interaction, with emphasis on engaging faith in your life and church. Each class host will include others in presentation and dialogue.)
    • Forming the Faith of Children (Barbara Price)
    • Finding God in Nazareth: Building the Kingdom in Rural America Part 2 (Jim Weaver)
    • The Holy Spirit & Mission in John (Tim Woodroof)
    • The Gospel and Hospitality (Ben Langford)
    • College Students, Faith and Discipleship (Cade Richards)
    • A Church for the Community (Dwayne Case)
  • Engaging Faith Talks Part 2 (A series of 15-minute talks - similar to Ted Talks - centered on ideas about engaging faith in your life, church, and community)
    • A Night to Shine: A Church Participates Sponsors a Prom (Chris Benjamin)
      How a church was blessed in hosting a prom for kids with special needs.
    • From Strangers to Friends (Melissa Testut)
      How facing our religious prejudice turns into God’s hospitality.
    • Showing Up in Times in Suffering (Mel Latorre)
      Being Christ’s presence in times of suffering.
    • Wheelchair Ramps & Hospital Equipment (David Gregersen)
      What began as a community service has grown to a ministry of open doors.
  • Stewardship for Declining Churches: What to Do When a Church is Dying (Mike O'Neal/Scott Lambert)
    Over 400 congregations of the Churches of Christ have closed in the last few years—most with little or no stewardship planning. The Heritage 21 Foundation will share ideas about how the church can address this issue with integrity and dignity.

Special Events:

  • Shepherd’s Hill Breakfast
  • Eastern European Missions Luncheon (Ben Mereness)
  • Women’s Luncheon (Ashley Weaver)
  • Engaging Faith Field Trip to Oklahoma City Inner-City Missions (led by James Waugh)
  • Dinner for Church Leaders & Spouses
    Free - 250 tickets will be available
    Honoring Longterm Ministers in Small Churches
    Guest Speaker: John Knox, Granbury, TX

Navigating the Storm: Resources of HOPE for Church Leaders

A workshop for church leaders. Pre-registration is required ($50 per person includes book, lunch, and resource materials). Limited to 75 church leaders.

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Tuesday, October 3, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

  • Dwelling in the Word (Grady King)
  • Healthy Leaders, Healthy Churches (Phil Ware)
  • Leading Churches in Anxious Times (Tim Woodroof/Jon Mullican)
  • Useful Understandings for a Leadership Group (Doug Peters)
  • A Shepherding Model that Works (Jimmy Adcox)
  • Sustainable Youth Ministry (Greg Anderson)