SEMINARS

We offer 60+ hours of practical youth ministry training in our five breakout blocks. Click on any of the broad topics below to see a list of some of the specific breakout sessions that we offered at Conclave last year! Don’t worry – we offer MP3 audio recordings onsite for any of the sessions that you are unable to make!

  • Gen Z: Church Innovations and Experiences
    Dive into the most recent research and understanding of the youngest and largest American generation. You will optimistically hear and discuss the seeds that need to be planted today that will give root to good ministry later. The church has a great and innovative opportunity to reach Gen Z like no other generation before.
    Leader: David Evans, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, Franklin, TN
    Room: 2

    Why Did They Stay? – Provoking Lifelong Faith in Teenagers
    A national study of young adults who grew up in church and “stayed” instead of “strayed” produced some intriguing results and tangible advice that all youth workers must know.
    Leader:  Steve Parr, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Duluth, GA
    Room: 7

    Leading Girls to Know and Love God’s Word
    When teenage girls understand the importance of knowing God’s Word, it changes everything. The Bible is foundational to our lives, but are we leading girls in a way that they want to know and understand it? Let’s talk about some creative ways to engage girls in the Word of God
    Leader: Mary Margaret Collingsworth, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, TN
    Room: 8

    Witnessing:  How to Have a Spiritual Conversation with Students!
    All of us desire to see students maturing in their faith but what if faith is never their own?  Learn how to help students grow by developing the ability to have gospel conversations from one who has taught and shared the gospel with thousands of students.
    Leader: Jon Deans, Great Exchange Ministry, Watkinsville, GA
    Room: 9

    “Church Vs. ______”
    How to encourage students (and parents) to make spiritual growth a priority in their busy lives filled with so many extracurricular activities.
    Leader: Tim Wildsmith, Nashville First Baptist Church, Nashville, TN
    Room: 10

    Sold or Sent? The Life of Joseph as a Model for Challenging Students to Missional Faith
    Students are often presented with the idea that their future is like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, but the reality is that many of their choices are illusions, and much in life is beyond their control. Joseph, despite his amazing dreams, was betrayed by his family and sold into slavery. His story climaxes, not in misery but in mission, led by God to become a savior of a whole kingdom as well as his family. The one great choice we have is: will I be sold or sent
    Leader: George Siler, International Missions Board, Richmond, VA
    Room: 11

    Reaching Students in Today’s Fast Changing Culture
    You will gain an understanding about the culture and the students we are called to reach so we can more effectively impact them with the gospel (see them saved), baptized and discipled.
    leader: Jeff Lovingood, Cleveland FBC, Cleveland, TN
    Room: 16

    Training Students to Read the Bible Well 
    Learn a simple, sticky method for helping students understand the Bible and apply it to their lives using the Seven Arrows for Bible Reading.
    Leader: Matt Rogers: The Church at Cherrydale, Greenville, SC
    Room: 17

    It Takes a Village… or a Church!
    Ministry is not a do-it-yourself project! Learn how to develop a strategy that effectively recruits and trains volunteers.  You will leave with practical steps to build your own team and multiply your ministry to students!
    Leader: Jason Salyer: East Maryville Baptist Church, Maryville, TN
    Room: 18

    Missing Pieces: The Fatherless Journey – “Ministering to the Fatherless”
    More than 1:4 are growing up fatherless. Ministering to an adolescent with a missing family relationship can be challenging. We will overview ways to minister to the fatherless that have experienced divorce, death, or absent fathers within their family. We will highlight mentoring as a way to confront the fatherless journey for teenagers as we disciple them to embrace Jesus.
    leader: Jody Dean: New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA 
    Room: 19

  • The OIKOS Principle.  “How Our Small Church Baptized 45 Students in 10 Months” 
    On average, each of us have 8 to 15 people who God has supernaturally and strategically placed in our relational world. God’s plan is to use each of us to show His love to those 8 to 15 people.  OIKOS is not a program or event, but a Biblical way to view the world around us. The OIKOS principle is one that Jesus designed, modeled, and taught for one purpose; to change the world.  Stop challenging your students to change THE world, and show them how to change THEIR world
    Leader: Tom Mercer, High Desert Church, Victorville, CA
    Room: 3

    Train Your Leaders to Teach Like Jesus: Part 1
    The latest educational insights into how we learn only serve to magnify how spectacular Jesus was in His teaching ministry. This seminar highlights the Master’s approach to teaching–concepts that you can learn in order to grow as a transformational teacher. Participants will be challenged to rethink their approach to teaching and learning through the lens of the Gospels. As you imitate Jesus, you will be prepared to equip other teachers in your ministry.
    Leader: Ken Coley, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
    Room: 12

    “Unraveling Gender Confusion” Session 1 – Males
    We live in a world of gender confusion and fluidity. Our culture has separated gender and sex. Ministering to individuals in an already difficult age of confusion has become more complex when we seem unable to answer the most basic question of personal identity, “Who am I, really?”  Gain insight and understanding into this difficult and often divisive topic from a ministry that has been redemptively journeying with sexually confused and marginalized individuals for more than two decades.”
    Leader: Ricky Chelette, Living Hope Ministries, Arlington, TX
    Room: 13

    Creating a Church That Loves and Values Teenagers
    Some say that teenagers can detect whether they’re valued within 15 minutes of entering a church. Whether teenagers are drawn to your church and whether they stay—depends in part on the general mindset the congregation has toward them. This session will present practical strategies for building love and respect toward teenagers by all ages of adults, including the eldest ones
    Leader: Richard Ross, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX.
    Room: 14

    Having All Without Losing It…
    An honest discussion of what life in ministry looks like as it relates to being married, having a family, raising kids and doing all the other stuff that goes along with leading in the church. Learn some practical and Biblical guidelines for balancing life in this crazy world.
    Leader: Rachel Lovingood, Cleveland FBC, Cleveland, TN
    Room: 15

  • Lunch and Learn (For in Their First Few Years of Ministry)
    Are you in your first few years of youth ministry? Join Chris Trent, author of “Consider This: A Youth Minister’s Guide to Longevity”. This will be an interactive lunch and learn format to discuss concepts you can implement to think about ministry for the long haul.
    Leader: Chris Trent, Johnsons Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta
    Room: 3

    Passing the Torch! (For The Veteran Student Pastor)
    Your students are maturing spiritually with parents that are active and engaged.  Your leadership team is wonderfully committed and very well trained.  There may even be a few interns in your ministry, flexing some new “leadership muscles.”  But, what about the next generation of student ministers?  Are you ensuring they are ready to build on your life’s work?   Join in the conversation about what may just be your best season of ministry.
    Leader: Larry Lawrence, Jonesboro FBC, Jonesboro, GA
    Room: 4

     

  • The OIKOS Principle.  “How Our Small Church Baptized 45 Students in 10 Months” 
    On average, each of us have 8 to 15 people who God has supernaturally and strategically placed in our relational world. God’s plan is to use each of us to show His love to those 8 to 15 people.  OIKOS is not a program or event, but a Biblical way to view the world around us. The OIKOS principle is one that Jesus designed, modeled, and taught for one purpose; to change the world.  Stop challenging your students to change THE world, and show them how to change THEIR world
    Leader: Tom Mercer, High Desert Church, Victorville, CA
    Room: 3

    Train Your Leaders to Teach Like Jesus: Part 2
    Throughout the Gospels Jesus engages his listeners. This seminar examines His approaches to different audiences in different settings and highlights active learning techniques that we can all use. Participants will be actively engaged as these teaching techniques are modeled during this seminar. You will leave with new skills to pass on to your Bible teachers
    Leader: Ken Coley, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
    Room: 12

    “Unraveling Gender Confusion” Session 2 – Females
    We live in a world of gender confusion and fluidity. Our culture has separated gender and sex. Ministering to individuals in an already difficult age of confusion has become more complex when we seem unable to answer the most basic question of personal identity, “Who am I, really?”  Gain insight and understanding into this difficult and often divisive topic from a ministry that has been redemptively journeying with sexually confused and marginalized individuals for more than two decades.”
    Leader: Ricky Chelette, Living Hope Ministries, Arlington, TX
    Room: 13

    Maturing as a Youth Pastor
    Student ministry as a proverbial “stepping stone” is fading into history. The emerging model of student ministry most consistent with Scripture and most supported by solid research—is best led by youth pastors with age and maturity. This session will present strategies for becoming more effective and thus more valuable in student ministry over the decades. Like fine Baptist grape juice, youth pastors only improve with age.
    Leader: Richard Ross, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX.
    Room: 14

    For WIVES Only  (Part 1)
    Enjoy time with other ministry wives and be encouraged that you are not alone as you walk this journey of life in ministry. Hear from an experienced ministry wife and Bible teacher about some practical things she has learned along the way that might benefit you as well.
    Leader: Rachel Lovingood, Cleveland FBC, Cleveland, TN
    Room: 15

    Gen Z: Church Innovations and Experiences
    Dive into the most recent research and understanding of the youngest and largest American generation. You will optimistically hear and discuss the seeds that need to be planted today that will give root to good ministry later. The church has a great and innovative opportunity to reach Gen Z like no other generation before.
    Leader: David Evans, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, Brentwood, TN
    Room: 2

    Training Students to Read the Bible Well
    Learn a simple, sticky method for helping students understand the Bible and apply it to their lives using the Seven Arrows for Bible Reading.
    Leader: Matt Rogers, The Church at Cherrydale, Greenville, SC
    Room: 7 

    Leading Girls to Know and Love God’s Word
    When teenage girls understand the importance of knowing God’s Word, it changes everything. The Bible is foundational to our lives, but are we leading girls in a way that they want to know and understand it? Let’s talk about some creative ways to engage girls in the Word of God
    Leader: Mary Margaret Collingsworth: LifeWay Christian Resources,  Nashville, TN
    Room: 8

    Parent Ministry: From a Non-existing Ministry to an Equipping Ministry
    If a healthy parent ministry is as important as the church says it is, then the effort given must be serious. How does a student ministry move from the “good idea” thought of for healthy parent ministry, to one that truly equips parents in discipling their children? The partnership of the local church and the home must be one that catches the vision together and moves through the process together.
    Leader: Ricky Lindsay, Plant City FBC, Plant City, FL
    Room: 9

    Crisis Center-Your Church’s Address
    Students and their families need incredible influence through durable and substantial support, encouragement, and guidance when they encounter ordinary and intense family and student crises.  Come experience how to offer security and assistance during tough times.
    leader: Tony Rankin, Nashville FBC, Nashville, TN
    Room: 10

    Student Ministry in a Larger Context
    leader: Kelly Knouse: FL
    Room: 11

  • Community, Not Competition
    Some of your greatest people-assets in ministry work at churches in your area, but you’ll never know it until you stop trying to build your brand and focus on the Kingdom work. Learn how networking with other youth pastors through solid relationships can deepen your effectiveness in reaching your community and building better disciples.
    Leader: Justin McAlpin, Westmeade Baptist Church,  Decatur, AL
    Room: 2

    Discipleship that Crushes Complacency
    Can we create a culture of change that consistently influences students to have higher expectations in our ministry? Let’s discuss what we want our students to look like when they graduate, and how we can produce a student ministry that brings lasting results through hands-on Discipleship.
    Leader: Stuart Sasser, Philadelphia Baptist Church, Deville, LA
    Room: 7

    Reaching Students in Today’s Fast Changing Culture
    You will gain an understanding about the culture and the students we are called to reach so we can more effectively impact them with the gospel (see them saved), baptized and discipled.
    leader: Jeff Lovingood: Cleveland FBC, Cleveland, TN
    Room: 8

    How NOT to get FIRED – And What to do When You Do!
    As a youth pastor, there is a special fraternity in which members can say, “I have been FIRED!” This is a tough situation and many people believe that is you get fired, then it is the end of your ministry. Not so, my friend – it is the beginning of you realizing somethings only taught during these situations.  After being in this predicament myself, I have been able to learn and apply principles to not only avoid this again, but excel in ministry for the future.
    Leader: Robert Mullins: Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Elmore, AL
    Room: 9

    I Don’t Want to Live!
    Suicide has become more than a horrific word to use for a critical incident at the local high school.  It is also a thought and choice considered by an increasing number of students who seem to have everything going for them.  Learn how to address the suicidal thoughts and feelings from students who feel life is not worth living before they begin plans for dying. 
    Leader: Tony Rankin, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, Brentwood, TN
    Room: 10

    Large Church Student Ministry Roundtable
    Leader:
    Kelly Knouse: FL
    Room: 11

    Creating Spiritual Conversations
    Even though parents are the primary disciple-makers in the home, many are reactionary rather than intentional when it comes to spiritual conversations.  Our job as leaders is to equip parents to not outsource spirituality. Let’s discuss some tools & ways to create a healthy culture that partners with parents, engaging them in Gospel conversations at home.
    Leader: Patrick Gillen, Simpsonville FBC, Simpsonville, SC
    Room: 16

    Missing Pieces: The Fatherless Journey – “Ministering to the Fatherless”
    More than 1:4 are growing up fatherless. Ministering to an adolescent with a missing family relationship can be challenging. We will overview ways to minister to the fatherless that have experienced divorce, death, or absent fathers within their family. We will highlight mentoring as a way to confront the fatherless journey for teenagers as we disciple them to embrace Jesus. 
    Leader: Jody Dean, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA 
    Room: 17

    Social Media Meets Ministry
    Why, how and what do I need to understand about social media to reach students better? Let’s talk about the practical aspects of where social media and ministry meet.
    Leader: Emily Hamilton: Southside Baptist Church, Gadsden, AL
    Room: 18

    For WIVES Only  (Part 2)
    Enjoy time with other ministry wives and be encouraged that you are not alone as you walk this journey of life in ministry. Hear from an experienced ministry wife and Bible teacher about some practical things she has learned along the way that might benefit you as well.
    Leader: Rachel Lovingood, Cleveland FBC, Cleveland, TN
    Room: 15

  • It Takes a Village… or a Church!
    Ministry is not a do-it-yourself project! Learn how to develop a strategy that effectively recruits and trains volunteers.  You will leave with practical steps to build your own team and multiply your ministry to students!
    Leader: Jason Salyer, East Maryville Baptist Church, Maryville, TN
    Room: 2

    Discipleship that Crushes Complacency
    Can we create a culture of change that consistently influences students to have higher expectations in our ministry? Let’s discuss what we want our students to look like when they graduate, and how we can produce a student ministry that brings lasting results through hands-on Discipleship.
    Leader: Stuart Sasser. Philadelphia Baptist Church, Deville, LA
    Room: 7

    Social Media Meets Ministry
    Why, how and what do I need to understand about social media to reach students better? Let’s talk about the practical aspects of where social media and ministry meet. 
    Leader: Emily Hamilton, Southside Baptist Church, Gadsden, AL
    Room: 8

    Crisis Center-Your Church’s Address
    Students and their families need incredible influence through durable and substantial support, encouragement, and guidance when they encounter ordinary and intense family and student crises.  Come experience how to offer security and assistance during tough times.
    Leader: Tony Rankin, Nashville FBC, Nashville, TN
    Room: 9

    Community, Not Competition
    Some of your greatest people-assets in ministry work at churches in your area, but you’ll never know it until you stop trying to build your brand and focus on the Kingdom work. Learn how networking with other youth pastors through solid relationships can deepen your effectiveness in reaching your community and building better disciples.
    Leader: Justin McAlpin, Westmeade Baptist Church, Decatur, AL
    Room: 10

    Teaching the Bible to Students
    This breakout for youth leaders will address how to teach the Bible to students. The way we personally study and teach the Word to this impressionable age group is crucially important.  We will look at a framework for teaching that not only informs, but leads students to transformative truths, as well as 7 practical tips for teaching and message delivery to this generation of students.
    Leader: Spencer Davis, Red Oak Baptist Church, Andrews, NC
    Room: 11

    Scorecard: How Do We Know We Are Developing Teenagers Into Disciples?
    We keep score of baptisms, budgets and people in the seats. Is that the best way of measuring growth? Come see how we need to change the score in youth ministry to developing fully devoted followers of Christ.
    Leader: Merrie Johnson, North Carolina Baptist Convention, Raleigh, NC
    Room: 16

    Creating Spiritual Conversations
    Even though parents are the primary disciple-makers in the home, many are reactionary rather than intentional when it comes to spiritual conversations.  Our job as leaders is to equip parents to not outsource spirituality. Let’s discuss some tools & ways to create a healthy culture that partners with parents, engaging them in Gospel conversations at home.
    Leader: Patrick Gillen, Simpsonville FBC, Simpsonville, SC
    Room: 17

    How NOT to get FIRED – (And what to do when you do!)
    As a youth pastor, there is a special fraternity in which members can say, “I have been FIRED!” This is a tough situation and many people believe that is you get fired, then it is the end of your ministry. Not so, my friend – it is the beginning of you realizing somethings only taught during these situations.  After being in this predicament myself, I have been able to learn and apply principles to not only avoid this again, but excel in ministry for the future.
    Leader: Robert Mullins, Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Elmore, AL
    Room: 18

    Parent Ministry: From a Non-existing Ministry to an Equipping Ministry
    If a healthy parent ministry is as important as the church says it is, then the effort given must be serious. How does a student ministry move from the “good idea” thought of for healthy parent ministry, to one that truly equips parents in discipling their children? The partnership of the local church and the home must be one that catches the vision together and moves through the process together.
    Leader: Ricky Lindsay, Plant City FBC, Plant City, FL
    Room: 19