February 26 – 28, 2020

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church - Marietta, Georgia


About The Conference

MOVE is a missions conference designed to MOVE leaders to equip the church, engage the lost and embrace the nations. Pastors, church staff and lay leaders who desire to develop and/or expand their missions ministries will have a place to worship with, network with, and learn best practices from national and international missions leaders.


Wednesday, February 27

3:30 pm Registration
5:00 pm Dinner
6:00 pm MOVE Conference Kickoff

Bryant Wright – Johnson Ferry Baptist Church


Thursday, February 28

7:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:30 am Registration
8:30 am Main Session 1

Gordon Fort - International Mission Board
10:15 am Breakout Session 1
11:30 pm Lunch
12:45  pm Breakout Session 2
2:30 pm Breakout Session 3
4:15 pm Main Session 2

Trillia Newbell - Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Main Session 3

Manny Fernandez - World Link Ministries


Friday, March 1

8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am   Main Session 4

Rick Morton - Lifeline Children's Services
9:45 am   Mission Partner Engagement
10:45 am Breakout Session 4
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Main Session 5

Vance Pitman - Hope Church
2:30 pm End of Conference


Bryant Wright

Senior Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church


A successful businessman before answering God's call to ministry, Bryant is a respected Bible teacher, pastor, husband, father and community leader. He is a straightforward communicator who uniquely connects God's unchanging truth with a diverse culture through compelling and creative teaching. He has authored six books, One Minute of Your Time, Another Minute of Your Time, One Minute of Your Day, Seeds of Turmoil, Right from the Heart, and The Stage is Set.

You can find out more about Bryant's resources, listen or view his messages online and download podcasts at Right from The Heart Ministries. Bryant served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from June 2010 – June 2012.


Gordon Fort

Senior Ambassador for the President, International Mission Board


Gordon is Sr. Ambassador for the President, IMB. He received the bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, and the master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX. Gordon grew up in Zimbabwe, one of 5 boys born to medical doctor missionary parents. Gordon, and his wife, Leigh Ann, have served with the IMB since their appointment in 1985, in Botswana as Associate to Area Director for Southern Africa; as regional leader for southern Africa; as vice president for the Office of Overseas Operations; as Sr. Vice President of Prayer Mobilization, and most recently as Senior Ambassador for IMB.

Gordon and Leigh Ann have 4 children, and 3 grandchildren. Gordon delights in serving and encouraging local churches, associations, and state conventions, as well as IMB staff and overseas personnel.


Trillia Newbell

Director of Community Outreach, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC


Trillia Newbell is the author of Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts (2016), Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015), United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity (2014), a children’s book, God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family, and a six-week Bible study on Romans 8, If God is For Us: The Everlasting Truth of Our Great Salvation. She is currently Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Trillia is married to her best friend, Thern, they reside with their two children near Nashville, TN. You can find her at trillianewbell.com and follow her on twitter at @trillianewbell.


Manny Fernandez

President, World Link Ministries


Dr. Manny Fernandez graduated with a Masters in Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1983. He founded World Link Ministries and the European Seminary of Theological Formation and Evangelization in Madrid Spain in 1991. He continues to serve as the president and Chairman of WLM as he oversees the expansion of the ministry which has spread globally. Dr. Manny is a member at First Baptist Church of Dallas. He is married to Glenda and has three children: Manny Jr., Elizabeth and Sarah.


Rick Morton

Vice President of Engagement, Lifeline Children's Services


As Vice President of Engagement, Rick Morton shepherds the ministry’s outreach to individual, church, and organizational ministry partners as well as the ministry’s commitment to publishing resources that aid families and churches in discipling orphans and vulnerable children. Holding both the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Rick taught on the faculty of his alma mater as well as the faculties of Bryan College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served local churches in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He is an accomplished writer and sought after speaker. Most notably, Rick is the co-author of the popular Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-centered Adoption and Orphan Care and the author of KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology.

Rick and his lovely wife Denise have been married for over 26 years, and they have 3 children, all of whom joined their family through international adoption. Rick has also recently gained the title of “Doc” in his new role as a very proud grandpa!


Vance Pitman

Senior/Founding Pastor, Hope Church


Vance responded to God’s call to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2000, as a church plant from First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia.

With a passion for God’s kingdom, he had a vision to launch a church focused on joining in God’s activity locally and globally. Thus was Hope Church born in the fall of 2001 in Las Vegas, NV. From a small group of eighteen adults in a living room, Hope’s fellowship has grown to 4000 people in small groups desiring to connect people to live the life of a Jesus follower. Vance has led Hope to understand that what God is doing is bigger than one church. Since its launch in 2001, Hope Church has sent hundreds out of its fellowship on mission, invested millions of dollars in God’s global activity, and has commissioned more than fifty churches in the Western United States.

As a seasoned church planter in the West, Vance speaks across the country and all over the world from the passion of his apostolic heart to inspire people to join in God’s eternal, redemptive mission of making disciples and multiplying the church among every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.

Vance holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in History and a minor in Business Management from the University of North Alabama, and a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He resides in Henderson, Nevada, with his wife Kristie, and has two sons, two daughters, a son-in-law, and the cutest granddaughter in the world.



Breakout Sessions

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Accelerated Church Planting in the Third World: The Cuba Model

Manny Fernandez

President & CEO - World Link Ministries


Accelerated Church Planting is shaving off decades from the church planting process. The cultural speed of local leadership organized around seven major components can speed up the task, reducing decades of time and financial resources while delivering tremendous staying power to churches planted.


Strategic Prayer for Global Advance

Gordon Fort

Senior Ambassador of the President - International Mission Board


The most under-utilized strategy for advancing the gospel among the global lost, and especially the unreached, unengaged peoples of the world, is prayer—fervent, effectual, powerful prayer.  Prayer penetrates every place where you might not be able to go with your passport.  Strategic prayer calls out laborers into the harvest fields of the world.  It aligns us with the activity of the Holy Spirit.  Let’s explore ways you and your church can become engaged in global advance through strategic praying. 

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Worldview: Its impact on Short-term Missions, Evangelism, and Everyday Life

Larry Ragan

Founder - CULTURELink


In this seminar you will gain an understanding of what worldview is, how Jesus influenced those he touched through their worldview, and how, through better understanding worldview, you can more effectively impact others on short-term mission trips, as well as those around you.

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How to train your church to have Gospel Conversations anytime, anywhere

Lee Taylor

Assistant Pastor for Local Ministries - Johnson Ferry Baptist Church


What comes to mind when you think of evangelism? What if evangelism was as simple as meeting others in the normal rhythms of life and pointing them to Christ in an encouraging and inviting way? Join us for Gospel Conversations Training where you will: learn how to transition everyday conversations to Gospel conversations, practice a simple way to present the Gospel to anyone, anywhere, create a brief, compelling testimony of how Jesus has transformed your life, practice engaging the community with prayer and Gospel conversations, be equipped to train a fellow believer or new disciple to do all of the above!


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Establishing & Growing a missional church Culture

Bryant Wright - Senior Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church


Ricky Wheeler - Executive Pastor, Johnson Ferry Global Ministries


A spring break mission trip in 1992 was transformational for our students and ultimately for the life of the church. This was the beginning of a movement of God. Missions at JF went from just another program of the church to fundamentally who we are. This session will share a glimpse of JF's missions story and a practical view of the foundational elements including organizational and funding structures, role of senior pastor and lessons learned from mistakes that have been critical in creating a missions-centered church.


Stories from the Mission Field

Join a panel of veteran workers from the mission field as they share stories of what God is doing in the areas they serve around the world and how the local church can join in.

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The Role of the Church in Ending Human Trafficking

Kendra Hanson

Institute Services Director - Wellspring Living


This session will prepare church partners in how they can join the fight against human trafficking. We will address risk factors, red flags, and the hope that organizations offer survivors of trafficking, and most importantly, ways that the church can support the mission to end sex trafficking.


What in the world is happening in “NAME”?

John S

Team Strategy Leader - International Mission Board

Something is happening in North Africa/Middle East and it is gathering steam. What has led to this?  What tools are being used?  Where is it heading?  Hear of the amazing work God is doing in this dark place.


How To Reach And Disciple People With Special Needs

Lynn Wilkerson

Special Needs Ministry Minister - Johnson Ferry Baptist Church


Why do you need a special needs ministry? What is this community like and what do they need from the church and Christian organizations? What are the different types of special needs and how do you begin a ministry for the special needs? This topic can be very overwhelming and scary.  It is so complex and hard to decipher if you don’t know what you are doing. Or is it? People with special needs are just like everyone else. There’s a person with a personality under that diagnosis who needs Jesus and friends.  Lynn will show you how easy it is to start a relational ministry to the special needs community.

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10 things that will kill your church’s orphan care ministry

Rick Morton

Vice President of Engagement - Lifeline Children’s Services


Over time, we’ve observed 10 common mistakes that can cause Orphan Care ministries within the church to struggle, and even fail. This breakout will share and explain those observations in an effort to help and to stir a discussion about the good things being done to minister well to vulnerable children and their families.


Advancing the Gospel in the Midst of Great Danger


Church Planter Serving in the Middle East

Hear a story of kingdom advance in the midst of religious radicalism. You will be encouraged by Fadi’s story of suffering and a movement of the Holy Spirit through his ministry, resulting in many coming to faith in Jesus Christ and a multiplication of churches in an area extremely hostile to the Gospel where persecution and death are a reality for followers of Jesus.

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Seven Must-have beliefs to become a healthy partnering church of church plants

Edward Paz



In his session, Edward will share the story of how his church partnerships were developed, seven beliefs that his most healthy church partnerships have all had in common, and several mistakes that he and his partnering churches have made that have been detrimental to their relationship.


Reach the People Around You...Begin a Bible Study

Linda Shaffer, Debbie McGoldrick, Joan Parsons



How do you equip Christ followers to reach those around them? Engage and experience a one-page Bible study that is being used on six continents that is doing just that! Come hear stories about community transformation that is taking place through these simple tools. NBS2GO (Neighbor Bible Studies 2 GO) has these Bible studies now available in 25 languages. 


Syrian Refugees: From Despair to HOPE

Camille Melki

CEO/Founder, Heart for Lebanon

The country that was occupied by the Syrian regime for thirty years is now by far the largest refugee host country per capita worldwide. Heart for Lebanon is reaching out to tens of thousands of refugees who once were considered the enemy. In this session we will be learning together, using Lebanon as a model, how to move from a state of despair to hope in Christ and Christ alone.


Transportation to and from MOVE Conference is not provided.

Conference Location

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
955 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30068

Airport Location

Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport

Hotel Location

Atlanta Area Hotels 10 Minute Drive from Johnson Ferry


Registration fees include access to all main sessions and breakout sessions. Meals provided are: Wednesday Dinner, Thursday Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, and Friday Breakfast/Lunch.

Early Bird Registration


Ends December 15th, 2018

Regular Registration


December 16th – February 26, 2019

Day of Conference


February 27, 2019

Active church planters and full-time seminary students, please contact global@jfbc.org for information about discounted rates.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is included in my registration fee?

Registration fees include access to all main sessions and breakout sessions. Six meals are provided: Wednesday – Dinner, Thursday –Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner; Friday – Breakfast/Lunch.

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Who should attend?

The conference is designed for any individual who is passionate about using their ministries and gifts to take the gospel out locally, nationally, and internationally. Pastors, staff leaders and lay leaders who give guidance to missions in their church would all benefit greatly.

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How do I pay my conference fee?

Payments are made through credit or debit cards during the registration process.

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Can I cancel my registration?

We understand that plans sometimes change. While we cannot guarantee a refund, we will do our best to work with specific situations. Please contact global@jfbc.org for questions about canceling your registration.

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What if someone needs to bring a small child or nursing infant?

While families are extremely important to us, we are unable to provide childcare at the conference. Please make alternate arrangements for any childcare needs.

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Where do I park?

When arriving on the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Campus, please use the entrances on Johnson Ferry Road or Woodlawn Drive NE and follow the signs.

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What do I wear to the conference?

Please wear comfortable, casual, weather-appropriate clothing.

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What if I have special needs?

If you have special needs (hearing impaired, handicap access, etc), please contact global@jfbc.org.

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What are topics of the breakout sessions?

A list of topics for breakout sessions is available here.

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How is MOVE Conference connected to Johnson Ferry Baptist Church?

The MOVE Conference is an exciting part of Johnson Ferry’s annual MOVE mission week starting on February 24-March 3.

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If I attend JF, what part of the conference can I attend?

There are several ways you can be a part of the MOVE Conference. You can attend the full mission leaders conference, volunteer or be a part of the JF family events. You can learn more here.

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