LOUISVILLE, Ky. –It’s back-to-school time for Kentucky Baptists looking to sharpen ministry skills and get equipped for the coming year.
Registration for the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s premier church leader training conference, Equip 2016, is now open.
The popular biennial event features more than 30 Southern Baptist experts in such fields as discipleship, evangelism and Sunday school.
Church leaders, staff and volunteers will gain valuable insight in how to lead effective ministry programs for preschool/children, youth and women. Other classes to explore include worship/music, church finances, security and revitalization.
Conferences run from Aug. 15 through Aug. 30 and will be hosted by 8 Kentucky Baptist churches.
- 15, Fitzpatrick Baptist Church, Prestonsburg
- 16, First Baptist Church, Russell
- 18, Parkway Baptist Church, Bardstown
- 22, Beacon Hill Baptist Church, Somerset
- 23, Calvary Baptist Church, Glasgow
- 25, First Baptist Church, Walton
- 29, Twelve Oaks Baptist Church, Paducah
- 30, Edgewood Baptist Church, Hopkinsville
To register, visit www.kybaptist.org/equip. The cost is $10 per person with a maximum fee of $50 per church.
Conference class list
Children’s Ministry Curriculum — Choosing a curriculum for your children’s ministry can be overwhelming. Let us help you select the best resources to help children and parents grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Safety and Security in Children’s Ministry — Keeping children safe in our church is our number one priority. We’ll share best practices for having a safe and secure Children’s Ministry that every parent feels good about.
Handling Money in the Church — Continuing through both conference hours, this conference is primarily for church treasurers, financial secretaries, and others who handle any part of church finances. Led by Don Spencer, CFP®, Director of the Church Financial Benefits Department of the KBC, the main focus will be on protecting a church’s financial integrity with appropriate internal controls, how to structure and report compensation for ministers and church employees, and issues regarding the handling of charitable contributions.
No Destination = Lack of Discipleship — Many leaders and churches are immobilized due to lack of a discipleship picture or definition. Defining what a disciple looks like clarifies your target and destination and helps you develop a plan for moving in that direction.
Steps Toward a Personal Discipleship Lifestyle —Does your discipleship lifestyle include these six elements: Jesus, intentionality, relationships, Bible, journey, and multiplication? Answer six questions to start discipling someone this year with confidence using practical ideas for these discipleship lifestyle elements.
Life Story—Learn how you can confidently share the story of your life in Jesus so that others may come to know Him too.
LIFEproject—Use this evangelism strategy to guide your church through a prayerful process resulting in the engagement of one or more community affinity groups with the Gospel.
Breaking Barriers in Smaller Churches — As smaller churches seek to experience greater health and growth, they often experience barriers that can result in plateau or decline. Learn the top ten barriers in churches of 100 or less in worship attendance and identify ways to address each of them. You will receive a resource that will help you evaluate your own church in light of the top ten barriers and plan for next steps in addressing them.
Developing a Security Plan for Your Church — This session will raise the awareness of church security issues for the small church, equip leaders to develop a church security team, and implement a basic security plan.
Sunday School Adult Teachers
Four Great Expectations — Expect new people every week. Prepare the room and your members to make great first impressions. Care enough to follow up with every guest. Expect people to say yes when you ask them to enroll, to prepare, to serve, to pray, and to try new things.
Developing a Ten Most Wanted List — Focus your class efforts to reach out. Enlist an outreach leader. Lead the class to pray for lost and unenrolled people. Ask your class to suggest potential members. Pray, love, and care for those on your top ten to lead them to join!
Sunday School Directors
Turn Guests into Members — LEAD YOUR TEACHERS AND CLASSES TO… Identify, pray for, and invite guests (lost and unenrolled people). Expect guests every week. Welcome them and lead them to have great first impressions. Teach them to follow up and care for guests consistently.
Four Foundational Principles — (1) Organize to care for every member. (2) Invite and expect guests and new members. Keep your group open relationally and with your curriculum choice. (3) Add more people to your ministry, fellowship, and prayer list. Enrollment PLUS care equals attendance. (4) Add more leaders to grow existing classes by expanding the span of care.
Evangelistically Focused Women’s Ministry — Women’s ministry can be an effective catalyst to help reach entire families for Christ. Set your church ministry foundation to enlist and equip Christ-followers who will engage others in your church, community, and beyond.
Revitalize Your Faith and Ministry Through Conflict Reconciliation — As women leaders we experience emotions that need to be guided by the Holy Spirit in order to glorify God. Recognize and practice reconciliatory habits to reflect Christ’s love and forgiveness.
WORSHIP AND MUSIC
Do’s and Don’ts of Music Ministry — If you are like most Music Ministers, there are things you wish someone had told you before you began serving in music ministry. For example, don’t select hymns during Sunday School! Learn basic truths that will help you become the best worship leader you can be.
Resources for Music Ministry & Open Forum — Come and experience new resources you can use in music ministry. Bring worship and music related questions for discussion.
Recruiting, Training, and Maintaining Volunteers — How do we effectively recruit and equip leaders (volunteers) for in-depth and long-term ministry? Come to this session and learn biblical principles to help your ministry team be strong and healthy.
Twelve24: Every Student, Every Campus, Every Church — The 12-24 age group is one of the most unreached generations ever. The Twelve24 Initiative is aimed at helping Kentucky Baptist churches help every student on every campus encounter Christ. Find out how your church can be part of impacting this generation for Christ through Twelve24.