1. Cultivating Multi-ethnic Worship Communities – Mark Barneycastle, Josh Davis, Abraham Deng, Jaewoo Kim
Multi-ethnic worship is beyond one-time experiences, quotas, and songs in different languages. Come consider the common characteristics of healthy diverse worshipping communities that are united around Jesus and not a particular style or language. Bring your questions to our diverse teaching team.
2. A Look at First Baptist Church Duluth – Todd Jones, Keith Murdock, Abioye Tela
The staff of First Baptist Church Duluth share experiences of leading a church from “traditional” monoethnic programs to a ministry that reaches a multi-ethnic community. We will share what worked, what did not, and what is still in process. Participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions.
3. Reaching East Asian Neighbors – Jeremy Sin
This workshop shares the unique features of East Asian culture and provides practical ways to build relationships and steps to share Christ with them.
4. The Challenges of Multicultural Children’s Ministry – SoYoung Lee, Jan Langston, Charlotte Kumar
Learning to build bridges that develop an inclusive spiritual environment for children to grow in faith.
5. Unmasking Unconscious Biases: Who do you say that I am? – Kim Schofield
Unconscious biases are the automatic (positive or negative) mental shortcuts used to process information, influence decisions and manifest in our behavior. These biases impact our relationship with God, self, and others.
6. Technicolor: The Practices, Pitfalls, and Price of Transition – Mark Hearn
For nearly a decade the city of Duluth, GA has been a “majority-minority” city. Come learn how a formerly homogenous church has embraced transition to become a faith community with 41 nations worshipping together.
7. Crossing Language Barriers – Mark Barneycastle, Joy Goodman, Seung Hee Rhe
Language affects virtually every aspect of life, making it one of the most difficult barriers to overcome in multi-ethnic ministry. Each language, however, is part of the beautiful cultural mosaic God has painted over this planet – which means that with every barrier is an opportunity. Come join us for a conversation on interpretation, translation, second-language learning, and more!
8. Disruption - Mark DeYmaz
Check back soon for details about this workshop.
9. Loving our Muslim neighbors, “A practical approach to sharing the Gospel with Muslims.” – Aslam Masih
Understanding your Muslim neighbor – How? Biblical Principles of sharing the Gospel with Muslims. (Jesus and Paul’s model) Personal experiences of sharing the Gospel with Muslims and learned Principles. Q & A
10. Transformational Communities – Tito Ruiz
In order to see transformation in our communities, transformation must come from within first, and loving all peoples from every language, culture and background is a first step. During this workshop we will be learning together what it means to make a lifetime commitment to love our community, our city and all peoples within it.
OPTIONAL HALF-DAY SEMINAR WITH MARK DEYMAZ AND MARK HEARN*:
Friday February 16 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (lunch included) - Join these experienced practitioners for practical instruction and personal interaction that will provide both general and specific principles to help you become more strategic and intentional in transitioning an otherwise homogeneous church to one that better reflects the community, indeed, the kingdom of God, in order to advance a credible witness of God's love for all people, the very gospel itself, in an increasingly diverse and painfully polarized society.
* This is an optional seminar that will take place the day after the conference. Please make sure you sign-up separately when registering for the conference, by clicking on the button below: