Texas Baptist Educator’s Retreat

April 18-20, 2016

Make Your Groups Matter

Church staff leaders with responsibilities for Bible study, discipleship and executive leadership will gain valuable ministry insight and encouragement/connection with colleagues from across the state. Every year this event gets high marks for networking as well as personal and professional development.


T Bar M Resort
2549 Highway 46 West
New Braunfels, TX 78132


Rick Howerton

Rick has one passion, to see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is presently pursuing this passion as the Small Group and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources. Rick has authored or co-authored multiple books, studies, and leader training resources including A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic, Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual, The Gospel and the Truth: Living the Message of Jesus, Small Group Life Ministry Manual: A New Approach to Small Groups, Redeeming the Tears: a Journey Through Grief and Loss, Small Group Life: Kingdom, Small Group Kickoff Retreat: Experiential Training for Small Group Leaders, and Great Beginnings: Your First Small Group Study. Rick’s varied ministry experiences as an collegiate minister, small group pastor, teaching pastor, elder, full-time trainer and church consultant, as well as having been a successful church planter gives him a perspective of church life that is all-encompassing and multi-dimensional. Rick is a highly sought after communicator and trainer.

David Francis

As Director of Sunday School, David Francis is the leader for this program ministry for Southern Baptists nationally. Prior to his current LifeWay assignment, Francis served as Associate Director of the Church Leadership Group, then Director of Regional Operations. Before joining LifeWay in 1997, Francis was Associate Pastor and Minister of Education at First Baptist Church, Garland, Texas, where he served 13 years. While attending Southwestern Seminary (Master of Arts in Religious Education, 1983), he served Kiestwood Baptist Church in Dallas for two years as Minister of Education and Administration.

Called to vocational ministry and ordained as a deacon while serving in the United States Air Force (1972-77), Francis is a graduate of Baylor University (B.A., Business Administration and Religion, 1980). David and wife Vickie have been married 40 years, and have three sons and five grandchildren. They attend First Baptist Church Hendersonville, TN where they teach a Pre-K class and attend a new adult class.

Francis is the author of twelve LifeWay resources: Spiritual Gifts: A Practical Guide to How God Works through You , The Five-Step Formula for Sunday School Growth, The 3D Sunday School, I-6: A Six-Lane Strategy Toward an Inviting Sunday School, The Discover Triad-Three Facets of a Dynamic Sunday School Class, Connect 3: The Power of One Sunday School Class, Great Expectations: Planting Seeds for Sunday School Growth, Transformational Class: Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School, Missionary Sunday School: One Mission. His Story. Every Person, Extreme Sunday School Challenge: Engaging Our World Through New Groups, 3 Roles for Guiding Groups and Countdown: Launching & Leading Transformational Groups.


Starts Monday at 5:00 p.m. and ends Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.


Check back soon for more information.


Keith Lowry
(214) 828-5206

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