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.
A Different Metric for Maturity? - Daniel Im
How do you judge the effectiveness of your ministry? By its size? Number of activities? Quantity of groups? How ethnically diverse it is? In this session, Daniel Im will outline a different metric for maturity from one of the largest research studies on discipleship done to date. You will leave with an implementable plan to move your church towards growth and maturity.
Embracing the Nations Here - Trent Deloach & Jason Lee
Practical ways to serve refugees and immigrants. Look across the global landscape and it is clear that God is working mightily through global migration in multiple directions and the church must stand poised to act with bold faith and sacrificial love. Come learn what the Bible has to say as we discuss refugee and immigrant ministry, discover how they come to America, we look at welcoming the foreigner with Christ-focused compassion and Gospel intentionality, and how you can love and serve them.
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.
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.
Race Matters - Dhati Lewis
If you want to make disciples in America you have to address the issue of race. Come join us as we look into race and discuss why it matters in disciple making!
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.
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!
7 Musts in Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church - Dr. Mark DeYmaz
With nearly twenty years of personal, pastoral, and practical experience in the space, Mark DeYmaz will discuss essential practices, and answer your specific (contextual) questions along the way.
Multiethnic Millennials - Grant Skeldon
There seems to be a millennial malfunction today. Parents are trying to raise them, pastors are trying to reach them, and business leaders are trying to retain them. With the rise of diversity in our nation, and the lack of diversity in our churches, how will the next generation respond? This breakout will focus on bridging the gaps between races and generations in the church.
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
Eating the Elephant in the Room - Milton Campbell
Our nation is divided and to often the pain is so great that to keep peace, we ignore the elephant in the room. How do we address the issues surrounding racism, classism, and the other “isms” in a healthy way? This workshop will explore practical steps toward reconciliation.
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: