Do you feel equipped to serve those struggling with mental illness? You and your faith community can make a difference. It’s as simple as knowing the 4Rs: RECOGNIZE the signs of a mental illness, REFER those struggling with a disorder to professional care, RELATE to individuals and families in distress, and RESTORE lives through a supportive healing community. In this workshop, Dr. Stanford will outline the 4Rs and provide participants with practical tools to engage and serve those struggling with mental illness in your community.
Are you called to serve marginalized people in your community? Are you leading a ministry and want to see long-term transformation in the community and your church? This 3.5-hour workshop will equip you with practical tools to assist you in moving your ministry from relief to development. You will leave with a biblical framework as a guide. With that as the framework, various ministries will be highlighted from congregations that have chosen to minister holistically to the needs of the people in their communities through relief, rehabilitation, and development. You will learn how to take steps for your ministry to move towards a empowerment-based ministry.
Remember the Prisoner: Creating Effective Prison Ministries
Rickie Bradshaw, Church Consultant, Union Baptist Association
This workshop will equip attendees to train volunteers and utilize discipleship models for prison ministries in order to encourage life transformation both behind bars and beyond.
Community Partnerships for the Common Good
Marilyn Lee, Executive Director, Loving Houston Bryant Lee, Pastor, Higher Expectations Church Elmo Johnson, Pastor, Rose of Sharon Baptist Church Moderated by Tamiko Jones, Executive Director, WMU Texas
Whether a church has 5,000 members or 25, every congregation has an opportunity to be a catalyst for positive change in its community. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of ways that a church can positively impact its community regardless of the number of attendees or financial budget.
Dr. Gaynor Yancey, Professor, Diana Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University
From acts of mercy, such as giving a cup of cold water to a thirsty sojourner to teaching throngs of followers who longed to hear as much as they could about a new kind of love, Jesus gave the example of what we, as his followers, were to do when we came into this deep transformational relationship with God through agape love. This workshop will focus on concepts that influence us about how we serve others.
Shelter: Creating Effective Ministries for Our Homeless Neighbors
Parris Patrick, Pastor, Agape Community Baptist Church
While the number of homeless persons has declined in Texas over the last few years, the church still challenges in caring for our neighbors who lack stable housing. Ministries need a strategy to reach our homeless neighbors. Every context is different, but the goal is the same, to show others to love of Jesus.This workshop is designed to help churches develop approaches for ministry to the homeless.
Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Doing Community Ministry in Small-town Texas
Dr. Eric Black, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Covington
There are unique challenges to doing community ministry in rural, small town Texas this workshop is designed to give attendees ideas and practical tools for engaging in ministry in their unique context.
The ABCs of Creating a Literacy Ministry at Your Church
Lester Meriwether, Executive Director, Literacy ConneXus
Imagine being a stranger: a refugee, immigrant, or international and not knowing the language or culture. Now picture yourself as a difference maker, a relationship builder, an English teacher. This workshop will give attendees the basics for starting and maintaining a literacy ministry.
Community Transformation: Foundation for Community Ministry
Ali Corona, Hunger & Care Specialist, Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission
This workshop will equip Christians with core values and practical tools to minister to their local communities. As the body of Christ, the church has been charged with the glorious mandate to “bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, and to set the captives free” (Isaiah 61: 1, NRSV). Churches can fulfill this call by actively engaging in community ministry in their local context.
When Helping Hurts
Dr. Steve Corbett, Professor, Calvin College
Do you have an interest in global outreach? Have you wondered about the impact of short-term mission trips? Are you on the outreach team or mission committee at your church? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. Attendees will learn how to help alleviate poverty through effective engagement in global communities.
Freedom for the Captives: Ministry to Human Trafficking Victims
Julie Waters, Executive Director, Free the Captives
Come and learn about Free the Captives, an innovative ministry to teenage human trafficking victims. Workshop attendees will learn how to engage with nonprofits, law enforcement, and government agencies to identify and care for teenage sex trafficking victims.
Preaching Ethics in a Culture of Chaos
Delvin Atchison, Director, Great Commission Team, Texas Baptists
This workshop will deal with the important role of preaching as the church addresses ethical issues in today’s society. Preaching on ethics is part of the biblical testimony and of Christian history. This session will offer practical suggestions on how preachers and pastors may prophetically speak and model the Christian ethic. Clarity will be given on how the church can use Micah 6:8 to challenge unChristian cultural assumptions.
Renewing Your Mind: Fighting Pornography in the Church
Leigh Kohler, President, Freedom Church Alliance
In 2007, Nielsen/NetRatings found that about 13 million American women click on pornographic sites each month. According to a recent study from Proven Men Ministries, about 64 percent of men in the United States view pornography at least monthly. Facing such staggering numbers, how should the church respond? This workshop will provide attendees with tools to combat porn in the pews.
Obergefell: Addressing Same Sex Relationships with Truth & Grace Steve Wells, Pastor, South Main Baptist Church
This workshop will help participants grapple with the challenge to churches that is presented by the growing cultural acceptance of same-sex relationships. It will help people understand what the Bible says on issues related to this subject and the importance of faithfully representing Christ as we relate to those who may disagree.
Same Kind of Different As Me: A Multi-ethnic Vision for the Body of Christ
Anyra Cano-Valencia, Youth Pastor, Iglesia Bautista Victorio en Cristo Ikki Soma, Pastor, City of Refuge Presbyterian Church Scott Venable, Pastor, Northwood Church Faitth Brooks, Social Media Coordinator, Be the Bridge to Racial Unity Moderated by Nigel Robinson, Marketing Consultant, Texas Baptists
Ferguson. Dallas. Charlottesville. Racial issues continue to be in the news and continue to divide Americans, exposing divisions within the church. Rather than ignoring the news, this workshop will help leaders actively engage in racial reconciliation in their communities and churches. Attendees will learn how they can advocate for racial unity in their churches and begin to model God’s heart for unity in their local context.
Gender Identity: Beyond Bathrooms
Katie Swafford, Director of Counseling, Texas Baptists
Learn from a licensed professional counselor about gender identity. This workshop will cover the basic terminology and knowledge of gender identity to help the participant increase his or her understanding of gender identity as a whole. Specific consideration will be given to the transgender aspect of gender identity through discussion of three cultural lenses by which to view the topic, current research, and suggestions for developing compassionate relationships.
Climate Change and the Christian Witness
Dr.Micah Green, Professor, Texas A&M University
This workshop will cover the sometimes thorny topic of climate change. Participants will discuss the problem of climate change, how to show that unusual climate change is already happening, how this is connected with greenhouse gas emissions, how Christians can respond to this issue in a way that promotes the gospel and shows love to others.
Seeking Shalom in the City: Gentrification and Urban Missions
Bryant Lee,Pastor, Higher Expectations Church Blake Thomas, Bridge Builders Coordinator, Forge for Families
This workshop will cover ways to bring the shalom of God in the midst of racial tensions and the redevelopment of urban communities. Attendees will learn what it means to seek the welfare of the city in view of the gospel in a way that serves a diversifying community and honors longtime residents.
Courageous Conversations in a Culture of Chaos
Elizabeth Bierdryski, South Texas Regional Coordinator, Texas Baptists
Creating a space for deep listening where difficult cultural conversations can take place using asset-based community development paradigms and tactics. Experience how a newly developed field guide to neighboring can help you engage your community at new levels and with intentionality. “Good Neighbor” is a tool designed for Christians to form and strengthen relationships with neighbors, generate forums for meaningful conversation, and launch a community into action together.
Loving Your Muslim Neighbor
Sally Hinzie, Church Consultant, Union Baptist Association
This workshop is designed to lead you to a deeper understanding of the values, perspectives, and worldview of your Muslim neighbors. You can better understand the differences and what may create barriers and bridges in your conversations about your faith.
Living Ethically in a Culture of Chaos
Ferrell Foster, Director of Ethics and Justice, Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission
Living in today's cultural environment of rapid change presents special challenges for Christians. This workshop will give some practical anchor points for living a Christ-honoring life. It is designed specifically for younger adults and those new to Christian faith or for those communicating with this segment of the Christian community.
Addiction and the Church: How Can Your Church Respond to Opioid Crisis?
Dr. Dennis Sansom, Professor, Samford University
This session will analyze the physical, social, and spiritual dimensions of the opioid crisis (and addiction in general) and discuss ways for a congregation to respond to it. Participants will learn 1) the path of addiction, 2) the perverse-demonic causes of addiction, 3) medical ways to respond, and 4) the necessity of the spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting.
Caring for All God’s Children: How Churches and Christians Can Support Public Education
Dr. Ruth Turley, Professor, Rice University
This workshop will focus on the shared importance of public schools and churches in community life. Participants will learn how churches can partner with public schools and engage in education reform efforts in low income communities.
Recovering Rahab: Ending the Sexual Exploitation of Women through Public Policy
Jamey Carruthers, Senior Staff Attorney, Children at Risk
Children at Risk will present a workshop on addressing sexual exploitation and demand through public policy. This workshop will feature an introduction to the concept of demand reduction and a look at cutting edge demand-reduction tactics being employed in the Greater Houston Area and across the state. Additionally, attendees will get a summary of the relevant laws that went into effect in September 2017, a preview of Children at Risk’s 2019 legislative agenda, and information on how to have your voice heard at the federal, state and local levels.
Break Every Chain: How the Church Can Support Criminal Justice Reform
Tiana Sanford, Prosecutor, Montgomery County Shakira Pumphrey, Director, Just Liberty Doug Smith, Policy Analyst, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition Moderated by Josh Minatrea, Director of Communications, Texas Baptists
This workshop will examine whether Christians have a role to play in the national conversation about criminal justice reform. Participants will learn about innovative community prosecution models, barriers to effective rehabilitation of ex-offenders, and promising reform initiatives at local, state, and federal levels.
#WokeChurch: Public Justice and the Church
Eric Mason, Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia
This workshop will deal with the importance of justice in Scripture and why it also is important today. Participants will learn what the Bible says about justice and how injustice today is often not noticed by people because of their cultural perspectives and how this can be changed.
Mobilizing Your Church for Christian Advocacy
Kathryn Freeman, Director of Public Policy, Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission
This workshop will focus on how congregations can demonstrate Christ’s care and concern for the lost, while also advocating for the common good through advocacy. Participants will get the opportunity to learn about a pioneering model for Christian advocacy, while also getting practical tips and strategies for engaging in advocacy in their local context.
The Stranger Among Us: A Christian Approach to Immigration Policy
Jenny Yang, Vice President of Advocacy, World Relief
While we are having a national conversation about immigrants and immigration, it is important for Christians to understand what the Bible says and how it might apply. This workshop will examine the biblical principles around caring for immigrants and how we can apply to our lives today.
Our First Freedom: Key Issues in Religious Liberty
John Litzler, Legal Consultant, Texas Baptists
Attendees will learn a brief history of the Baptist contribution to the First Amendment protection of religious freedom. This workshop will discuss the state of religious liberty in America today and will cover every Supreme Court decision on religious liberty since 2014. This will include a factual overview and prediction of the ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case currently before the Supreme Court.
Public Service Confidential: A Conversation with Two Elected Officials
Rep. Alma Allen (D-Houston) Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Houston) Moderated by Ferrell Foster, Director of Ethics and Justice, Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission
This workshop features a moderated conversation with two state representatives -- Rep. Tom Oliverson and Rep. Alma Allen. It is designed to help attendees learn more about public service from an insider’s view, what makes for effective communications with elected officials, and the role of faith in public life.
Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: How Advocacy Can Help End Abortion
Carol Shattuck, President, Collaboration for Children Mary Whitehurst, Center Director, Austin LifeCare Dr. Fred Smith, Professor, Houston Graduate School of Theology Moderated by Dr. Ben Raimer, Senior Vice President for Health Policy & Legislative Affairs, UTMB, Galveston
To be pro-life is to believe and promote the human dignity of both babies and moms. This workshop is designed to help attendees see how access to healthcare, affordable child care and a support system make a big difference in helping mothers choose life.
Movilizando a tu Iglesia para la Defensa Cristiana
Anyra Cano Valencia, Youth Pastor, Iglesia Bautista Victorio en Cristo
Este taller se enfocará en como cada congregación puede mostrar cuidado e interés de Cristo por los perdidos, al mismo tiempo que abogan por el bien común. Cada participante tendrá la oportunidad de aprender del modelo pionero para la defensa cristiana, y al mismo tiempo recibirá consejos prácticos y estrategias de cómo ser parte del apoyo en cuanto a su contexto local.
Fe y Educación
Girien Salazar, Deputy Director of Faith and Education Coalition, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Este taller se enfocará en compartir la importancia de la educación que asegura el futuro de nuestros niños. Cada participante aprenderá como las iglesias pueden trabajar junto con las familias para promover la educación y abogar por los esfuerzos de la reforma educativa.
Incorporando la Ética y la Justicia desde el Púlpito
Dr. Rolando Aguirre, President, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas
Este taller tratará con la importancia de la predicación a medida que la iglesia aborda los temas éticos en la sociedad actual. El predicar acerca de la ética es parte del testimonio bíblico y de la historia cristiana. Esta sesión ofrecerá sugerencias practicas acerca de cómo los predicadores y pastores pueden hablar y modelar proféticamente la ética cristiana. Se hablará claramente en como la iglesia podrá usar Miqueas 6:8 para desafiar la suposición cultural no-cristiana.