Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions are organized by the different categories listed below.

Developing Leaders Unreached People Groups Persecuted Church Local Ministry Unity of the Church

Developing Leaders

Case Study: 5 levels of leadership in Church Planting Movements

Lipok Lemtur · Church Planter serving in South Asia

About This Session

In church planting movements, God uses different people in different ways. Some are called to be great evangelists while others are called to be great multipliers. Come and explore the types of leaders that are needed for a movement to function and how God uses them. Hear personal examples of how leaders are developed and empowered to do ministry. Explore these insights from a firsthand perspective from one of the leading practitioners in the field.

Lipok Lemtur

Church Planter serving in South Asia

Lipok Lemtur is married to Asangla. They have a son, Redi. They live in Mumbai, India. A church planter and trainer for the past 17 years.

Utilizing Short-Term Missions to Train, Mobilize, and Develop Leaders to Impact your Church, Community, & the Globe

Larry Ragan · Founder, CULTURELink

About This Session

In this session you will be exposed to an overview of CULTURELink’s short-term mission’s training process. This method develops the practical skills, spiritual heart, and cross-cultural tools of leaders growing them into servants that disciple others. You will leave with an understanding that short-term missions training is more than simply preparing one to go, rather it is discipling them so that they become disciple makers of all nations.

Larry Ragan

Founder, CULTURELink

CULTURELink Inc.’s mission is to make disciples of those who will make disciples of all nations. This ministry provides training and resources to enable churches and organizations to impact others as they effectively serve in cross-cultural settings. CULTURELink emphasizes personal discipleship as well as ministry preparation as it: Equips through seminars and resources; Educates through consulting; and Exposes through short-term trips.

Larry Ragan brings experience from over 50 countries. He has led and/or overseen over 250 international teams. As a result, many have been mobilized for full-time global involvement. Larry Ragan, founder of CULTURELink, began his international experience in the South Pacific. After completing studies in engineering, cross-cultural ministries, and education, he has served as a World Missions Pastor and a Teaching Pastor. Additionally, Larry’s family served as missionaries in Budapest, Hungary. Currently, he ministers fulltime training and consulting with CULTURELink and is an itinerant speaker, nationally and internationally.

Becoming a Good Sending Church

Larry McCrary · Co-Founder, Upstream Collective

About This Session

Do the Missionaries from your church feel that they have been sent well? Do they feel cared for while they are on the field? How about when they return home for furlough or finish their assignment? Are you prepared to receive them back? This workshop will look at The Upstream Collective’s Sending Church elements that will help you mobilize, equip, send and care for your missionaries well.

Larry McCrary

Co-Founder, Upstream Collective

Larry began planting churches in the United States in 1991 and was subsequently part of 8 church plants. After serving with the North America Mission Board, SBC for a time in the area of church planter assessment, he and his family moved to Western Europe in late 2001 and served in both Spain and Germany with the International Mission Board. He has worked in the areas of church planting and mission strategy among Europeans as well in leading efforts among engaging immigrants and refugees who now live in Europe. In 2008 he co-founded The Upstream Collective which is a non-profit devoted to helping churches learn how to equip their members to engage people with the gospel at home and around the world.

He has two Master's degrees; one in Theology and the other in Christian Education. He also holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Missiology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. As Director of Upstream he loves helping churches find creative ways to engage in missional work in their neighborhoods and nations. He is the author of Tradecraft for the Church on Mission and The MarketSpace.

Larry and his wife Susan have been married for 31 years. They currently live in Madrid. Susan is an educational consultant for families with Third Culture Kids. She also has worked in a variety of teaching roles, both helping international people learn English and teaching at an international boarding school. Larry and Susan often speak together to churches and Christian organizations about raising a family in another culture. They have two third-culture kids of their own, Megan and Parker. They wrote a book together called First 30 Daze which helps cross-cultural workers learn to thrive in their new city and live with gospel intentionality.

How to Develop Leaders Who Lead TEAMS (Not Just Manage Ministries)

Edward Paz · Lead Pastor, THEMOVEMENT.CHURCH

About This Session

Join Pastor Edward Paz and Pastor Christopher Stites as they talk about their experience with the 7 key distinctions between ministry leaders and ministry managers.

Edward Paz

Lead Pastor, THEMOVEMENT.CHURCH

Edward Paz was born and raised in the Bay Area and has been married to his wife Rebekah for 15 years. In 2013, Edward planted THEMOVEMENT.CHURCH, and over the last six years, God has moved mightily in the church to reach Oakland with the gospel. In September 2020, they will plant another church in Oakland to carry on their mission of overwhelming Oakland with love.

In addition to pastoring his local church, Edward enjoys training and encouraging church planters within the Send Network, Acts 29, and the City to City Bay Area Church Planter Incubator. He also recently started Oakland Church Planters, a group of planters from various denominations committed to unity through mutual encouragement and prayer.

Unreached People Groups

One Size Doesn’t Always Fit All: Sharing the Gospel Among Different Worldviews

Chris White · Associate, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

About This Session

Have you ever been frustrated in sharing the Gospel in what you think is a clear, concise way only to be met with a lack of understanding? It’s possible that you were clear and concise, but that the recipient of the Gospel message didn’t understand because the Gospel message is foreign to their worldview. In this session you’ll gain a basic understanding of worldview, and how to take worldview into account when sharing the Gospel among different cultures and religions.

Chris White

Associate, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

Chris has a passion for seeing all people groups in all the nations reached with the Gospel! Chris received his Master of Divinity with a specialization in Christian Apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017 and is currently a ministry associate on staff in Global Ministries at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. Chris has traveled throughout the world teaching, training, and mobilizing others to take their part in the Great Commission. Chris lives in Roswell Georgia with his wife and three kids.

Engaging Unreached People Groups in a Local Context

Grant Haynes · Director, Global Frontier Missions

About This Session

Come learn more from the director of Global Frontier Missions about how you and your church can get involved with the many international students, refugees, and immigrants that are coming to this country. With over 14% of the US being foreign born and over 360 unreached people groups living within our borders, ministering to internationals is a strategic way to help fulfill the Great Commission. Now more than ever, it is crucial for our churches to embrace the foreigners among us, know how to share Good News with people from diverse backgrounds, and make disciples of Jesus among people from different cultural and religious backgrounds. This workshop will provide practical tips to mobilize your church as well as expose you to tools and resources to help reach out to the many Muslim, Hindus, Buddhists, and others that are coming to America.

Grant Haynes

Director, Global Frontier Missions

Grant Haynes founded Global Frontier Missions in 2000 while church planting among indigenous groups in southern Mexico. His passion is to see as many individuals and churches as possible praying, giving, welcoming, and going to the least reached people groups of the earth. Grant spent 14 years serving in Oaxaca, Mexico with his wife and three children church planting, hosting short-term mission groups, running an indigenous Bible school, and starting a missionary training school for North Americans. Grant now serves in Clarkston, GA, known as the most diverse square mile in America, reaching refugees from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Somalia, Ethiopia, and many other nations.

Reaching Unreached Peoples: Current Realities and Practical Methods

Wilson Geisler · Director of Global Research, IMB

About This Session

This breakout session will provide the current global people group realities, as well as a brief discussion of practical tools for engaging unreached people groups in the six core components of the missionary task: Entry, Evangelism, Disciple-making, Church Formation, Leadership Development and Multiplication, and Exiting & Entrusting the work to indigenous churches and leaders. Links to useful disciple-making and church planting resources will be provided, and the session will also include a time of Q&A.

Wilson Geisler

Director of Global Research, IMB

A church planting and leadership trainer with over 13 years of field experience with IMB in South Asia and Northern Africa and the Middle East. Wilson is currently the Director of Global Research for the IMB.

Women Serving Among the Unreached - Panel Discussion

Various Speakers

About This Session

Come hear stories from missionaries who are working amidst persecuted people. You’ll hear how their experiences shape them and be encouraged by the way God is working through persecution among his believers.

Eyewitness to a Church Planting Movement

Bradley Bell

About This Session

Bradley Bell found himself in the middle of a Church Planting Movement as a young missionary in Africa. Bradley will detail how this CPM unfolded, stories of miracles that occurred, and lessons learned, both positive and negative.

Bradley Bell

Lead Pastor at Antioch Church and Director of Content at The Upstream Collective

Bradley Bell is a former missionary who serves as the Lead Pastor at Antioch Church and the Director of Content at The Upstream Collective. He has authored The Sending Church Defined and Receiving Sent Ones During Reentry, and writes at BrokenMissiology.com. He lives among the diverse community of south Louisville, Kentucky with his wife Katie and daughters Elisabeth, Charlotte, and Anneliese.

Persecuted Church

The DNA of the Resurrection

Nik Ripken · Nik Ripken Ministries

About This Session

The beliefs and practices, modeled by Believers in Persecution, that shape us in our walk with Jesus as we cross the street and the oceans with the Gospel. They model for us what the DNA of the Resurrection must look like.

Nik Ripken

Nik Ripken Ministries

Nik and his wife Ruth are mission veterans of 35 years with the International Mission Board, SBC, having served in Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Germany, Ethiopia and the Middle East. Nik has a BA in Religion and History and Masters and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Seminary. They have done extensive research among believers living in the midst of persecution in over 70 countries. Several books have been written to share the stories and lessons from these amazing believers. Nik and Ruth spend their time teaching in churches, schools and with mission organizations through Nik Ripken Ministries. Nik and Ruth are the parents of three sons, two amazing daughter–in–loves and a fantastic grandson.

Satan and His Partners in Persecution Revealed

Nik Ripken · Nik Ripken Ministries

About This Session

The Holy Spirit reveals to us how witness and church planting unfolds in environments where persecution is seen as normal. It is imperative to understand how Satan consistently operates through human agents and societal structures. Naming the top four persecutors of the church throughout Christian History is tantamount to turning barriers into bridges.

Nik Ripken

Nik Ripken Ministries

Nik and his wife Ruth are mission veterans of 35 years with the International Mission Board, SBC, having served in Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Germany, Ethiopia and the Middle East. Nik has a BA in Religion and History and Masters and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Seminary. They have done extensive research among believers living in the midst of persecution in over 70 countries. Several books have been written to share the stories and lessons from these amazing believers. Nik and Ruth spend their time teaching in churches, schools and with mission organizations through Nik Ripken Ministries. Nik and Ruth are the parents of three sons, two amazing daughter–in–loves and a fantastic grandson.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Ruth Ripken · Nik Ripken Ministries

About This Session

Perhaps the hardest work that Jesus ever did was in prayer as He surrendered to the will of His Father. Prayer is vital in the life of followers of Christ. We often talk about prayer but fail to spend time “doing prayer.” It is hard work and a biblically mandated lifeline for Believers in Persecution. Believers in Persecution share that the debt they can never repay is the debt of prayer that we offered for them during their time of persecution. How do we pray for our family in persecution when they can’t pray for themselves? Let’s make the investment in their lives as we take time to pray for our brothers and sisters.

Ruth Ripken

Nik Ripken Ministries

Ruth and her husband, Nik are mission veterans of 35 years with the International Mission Board, SBC, having served in Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Germany, Ethiopia and the Middle East. Currently they are directing and serving with Nik Ripken Ministries (NRM).

Ruth has a BA and Masters in Education and she taught school while Nik pastored before they went overseas.

Along with her husband, they have done extensive research among believers living in the midst of persecution in over 70 countries. This research has been shared in numerous articles and three books, The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected and The Insanity of Obedience: Walking With Jesus in Tough Places. They spend their time sharing the truths they have learned from these believers in persecution with churches, schools, and mission organizations.

One of Ruth’s greatest joys is spending time with Muslim women, listening to their story and seeing how God can break into their lives. Another blessing is helping women across the US connect and fall in love with the nations in their midst.

Nik and Ruth are the parents of three sons, two wonderful daughter-in-loves and an amazing grandson.

Local Ministry

The Missionary on My Street

Anne Brady · Associate, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

About This Session

What if there is more to neighboring than we realize? Gain practical ideas to help you and those you lead engage in “loving our neighbors” where we live work and play. You could be the Gospel answer to those living on your street!

Anne Brady

Associate, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

Anne has been on staff since 2012 and currently works with local ministry partners and schools to help meet needs in the community. Anne connects people with serving opportunities outside the church and encourages believers in gospel conversations where they live, work, and play. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Human Services with a minor in Psychology from Carson Newman University. She and her husband, Michael, have been married since 1995 and have 2 teenagers.

Cookies & Coffee: How You Can Fight Sex Trafficking in Your Community

Tina Williford · Co-Founder/Director, The Table on Delk

About This Session

Can you make or answer a phone call? Can you drink a beverage? Can you cook or bake? Learn how everyday activities can become effective means to ending sex trafficking. This session will educate you on risk factors, red flags, and will highlight the many different avenues available for people to engage in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation.

Tina Williford

Co-Founder/Director, The Table on Delk

Tina is the Co-Founder and Director of The Table on Delk. Started in 2017, The Table serves women and children who are currently, or at risk of, being sexually exploited out of motels on Delk Road and I75 (exit 261) in Marietta. Guests are offered free meals, a safe place to hang out, and are connected to resources that they might not know about. Prior to The Table, Tina volunteered with other first touch ministries serving at-risk individuals, victims, and survivors of sexual exploitation. She has done street outreach, safe house mentoring, recovery program identification and screening, jail ministry, and long term mentoring.

Tina and her husband, Scott, live in Marietta and have four grown children and two grandchildren.

Short Term Missions and Youth Ministry: How investing in the next generation can shape the future of your church

Chris Trent · Student Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

About This Session

In this breakout we’ll talk about what we’re doing now in our youth ministry and how you can help your teenagers experience missions that will impact your entire church. We’ll also talk about establishing a vision for the church, fundraising, short term mission options and other ideas important to establishing a mission culture in your youth ministry. Johnson Ferry has been greatly impacted by short term missions through our youth ministry. We’d love to share what we’ve learned from that trip to Mexico back in the early years of our church.

Chris Trent

Student Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

Chris is the Student Pastor at Johnson Ferry Baptist in Marietta, Georgia He’s served at Johnson Ferry for over 15 years with his wife, Wendy and two teenage kids, Dillon and Abby. He is also the co-host of the Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast and author of Consider This: A Youth Minister’s Guide to Longevity.

Unity of the Church

Known by Our Love

Dhati Lewis · Lead Pastor, Blueprint Church

About This Session

Join us for a practical discussion on both personal and corporate ways to grow in unity in your local church so that you can truly become a church known by your love.

Dhati Lewis

Lead Pastor, Blueprint Church

Dhati Lewis is the Lead Pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia and the Vice President of Send Network with the North American Mission Board. He earned his Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary and most recently received his Doctorate of Ministry in Great Commission Mobilization from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is most passionate about making disciples, equipping urban leaders, and loving his family. On any given day you might find Dhati changing a plan, coaching his kids in basketball, or strategizing on a whiteboard. Dhati has seven beautiful children and is married to Angie, a discerning woman who empowers and encourages him to live fully out of his identity in Christ. He is the author of both the Bible Study and book Among Wolves: Disciple Making in the City as well as Advocates: The Narrow Path to Racial Reconciliation.

Best Practices for Partnering with Ethnic Churches in North America

Trent DeLoach · Lead Pastor, Clarkston International Bible Church

About This Session

Churches throughout North America have incredible opportunities to partner with ethnic churches to strengthen and expand their global impact. This breakout will cover best practices with sharing space with ethnic churches and how to partner together for Kingdom ministry. Dr. Trent DeLoach has over a decade of experience partnering with ethnic churches and his current church, Clarkston International Bible Church, shares space with 5 ethnic congregations.

Trent DeLoach

Lead Pastor, Clarkston International Bible Church

Trent is passionate about reaching the nations that God is bringing to North America. He has worked among refugees for over 15 years. He currently serves as the lead pastor at Clarkston International Bible Church, in Atlanta, GA. He also serves as a missionary with the Send Relief Ministry Center in Clarkston. Over 1,000 refugees are resettled in Clarkston each year. The community is known as the most ethnically diverse square mile in America. Trent is married to Elizabeth and they have four energetic children. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Missiology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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