Sessions

2.0 Sermons:  Preparing & Preaching Sermons That Say More In Less Time
Presenter: Dr. Joel Greggory

Studies show the greatest amount of a pastor’s time is devoted to sermon preparation. Unfortunately, many pastors are bi-vocational and/or wear multiple hats and struggle to find the time they desire to fully prepare their sermons. Sadly, sermon preparation often becomes a last minute daunting task instead of a rewarding process that produces a beautifully proclaimed life-changing message. Kiss late night cram studying good-by as you learn a profoundly simple process of sermon preparation that will save you time and allow you to preach more confidently week after week.

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Balancing Your Ministry, Marriage, and Mantle
Presenter: Pastor Ricky Temple

The demands of part-time and vocational ministry can tilt the balance scales downward in a leader’s life. Often this downward spiral impacts the pastor/leader’s marriage and family life most. A mega-ministry requires a mega-marriage and healthy leader. Find out best practices to balance your call to your family, local church and greater kingdom assignment.

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Beyond 5 Star:  Creating a Culture of Excellence
Presenter: Dr. Chris Bowen

Few things affect how people perceive your church more than excellence & organizational culture. These two things are what make your shopping, traveling, dinning and other experiences either painful or pleasant. You can change how people perceive and receive from your ministry. In this session you’ll gain practical insight on how to become a cultural catalyst of excellence in your church.

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Church Growth: Strategies for Leading a Vibrant, Healthy & Growing Church
Presenter:  Dr. Don Brawley III

With well over 80% of US churches plateaued or declining in attendance and only 1%-3% growing from new conversions… revitalization and church growth isn’t optional. Scripture teaches one plants, another waters, but God gives the increase. Thus God and His people play critical roles in church growth, health, and church revitalization. Church health & growth isn’t a solo responsibility but a ministry team challenge. Go at it alone and you will fail.  If church growth were basketball, the coach would be God giving directives to his point guard, the pastor.  The pastor is responsible for “setting it up” so the team scores souls. Learn how to strategically “set it up” for church revitalization & growth.

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Coaching to Recruit and Retain Ministry Volunteers
Presenter: Pastor Jeffrey Smith

In a culture saturated with consumerism, where people are focused on getting rather than giving, spectating rather than participating and being served rather than serving, you’ll unlock a multi-faceted approach to turning consumers into active ministry contributors. You’ll recruit more volunteers, grow your ministry teams, prevent burnout, and raise up an army of servant leaders in God’s kingdom.

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Expanding Your Influence
Presenter: Bishop Tudor Bismark

In God’s Kingdom, the pathway from your dream to your destination always includes other influencers.  Whether ministry, business, or entrepreneurship you’ll never reach your full kingdom potential alone. However, God has strategically positioned key influencers in your life to open doors for you, provide direction, and to draw out what He’s placed within you.  Even more, you have an assignment to fulfill in someone else’s dream for God’s Kingdom. Discover how to identify the people in your life God has positioned to usher you into your destiny and how to assume your role in influencing others in fulfilling theirs.

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Financial Fitness: Building a Healthy Church Budget for Today & Tomorrow
Presenter: Pastor Lee Jenkins

Healthy sustainable ministries require healthy budgets. Your budget determines how much resources you allocate to visionary initiatives, ministry programs, facilities, salaries, etc. Overcommit to one area and you’ll be unhealthy in another area and ultimately unhealthy in every area. Find out how much to allocate to each area and how to budget for your future while fully operating in the present.

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How to Develop Your Digital Donor Base
Presenter: Dr. Marty Baker

More decisions are made in front of a screen than in front of a platform. Well over 60% of Americans pay their bills using some type of digital platform. These same people would gladly donate to your ministry regularly (Monday- Sunday) if you make it a no brainer for them. Discover why a giving option on your website isn’t enough. Find out how your giving system is limiting the number of donors who give, the amount they give and what you can do about it. This session will show you how to develop consistent donors who give on a regular and reoccurring basis, despite inclement weather, travel and even during the so-called summer giving slump months.

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Branding YOU, Inc: How to Market & Brand Yourself, Ministry, & Business for Growth
Presenter: Robin M, Ware

Today, more than ever, churchgoers have several options of how they experience church (online, t.v., onsite, etc.) and even more options regarding which ministry they chose to identify themselves with. Branding is all about your corporate/ministry identity. A weak or “bad” brand results in low morale and church decline. A strong brand builds moral, creates community, and increases growth. In fact, ministries with strong brands are people magnets. This session will give you practical tools to help you identify and build a lasting brand that consistently attracts those you’re called to serve to you.

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LeaderShift: The Power of Possibility
Presenter: Dr. Don Brawley III

You’re just one move, one shift, & one decision away from where you could be! However, if you don’t think and act strategically it can cost you unnecessary loss of time, resources, and even heartache. Find out the specific questions you need to ask before making your move and how to lead the change you desire so you get where you want faster.

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Leadership Pain: Practical Steps to Your Next Level
Presenter: Dr. Samuel R. Chand

The bad news is that pain is an inevitable part of life and leadership. The good news is that God doesn’t waste a hurt! Every past painful experience carries the DNA you need for future success. Find out how best to use your painful on-the-job leadership training to grow into your next level of influence.

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Maximizing Your Leadership Capacity
Presenter- Bishop Dale C. Bronner

Everything operates based on how it handles one thing, it’s capacity. Computers have a processing capacity, theaters have seating capacity, and cabinets have storage capacity. Leaders have capacity too; however, many leaders never maximize it because they get bogged down doing all the work! Resultantly, they have untapped potential, un-nurtured ability, and under-utilized capacity. In this session you’ll be empowered to maximize your leadership capacity so you experience less frustration and greater results.

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Millennial Influencers
Panelists- Kirstie Bronner, Kristie Bronner, Brandon Brawley, and Chantelle Brawley

Did you know the largest generation in US history and globally are poised to lead? Already they are influencing everything from social norms to the world you work, serve, and live.  During this panel discussion, the Bronner and Brawley young-adult Millennial Generation children discuss attracting, engaging, and unleashing the largest generation on the planet to fulfill their kingdom assignment in entrepreneurship/business, leadership, and ministry.

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Never Chase a Paycheck Again: Creating Multiple Streams of Income
Presenter: Dr. Robert Watkins

Are you ready to live your passion? Are you tired of just making “ends me meet?” Tired of living from check to check? If so, this session is for you! This session will provide you with practical ways to increase your income so you can fulfill your destiny. Ecclesiastes 11:2 says, to “invest in seven, yes eight ventures for you do not know what evil may come upon the land (NIV). Regardless of your current status, discover 8 income streams to fund your kingdom assignment.

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Pastors Wives: Managing Expectations & Balancing Roles
Presenters: Michelle McKinney Hammond / Pastor Mona Brawley

If anyone is “all things to all people” it’s the pastor’s wife. She’s wife to her husband, mom to her children, and often everything to those within her church. She’s one woman with many roles and even more expectations. This session will help you regain your personal focus, set appropriate boundaries, and better manage the expectations people place on you.

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Protecting Your Church’s Influence from Lawsuits
Presenter: Dr. Richard Hammer

Your ministry is only as good as its name. Unfortunately, many ministries and businesses close each year because they fall victim to frivolous lawsuits that drain their human and financial resources. Others suffer demise because they don’t know the law and thereby  inadvertently increase their risk of demise once they break it. In light of the ever-growing secularization of Western nations and the recent US Supreme Court rulings churches must intentionally protect themselves from avoidable damages. This session will teach you what you need to do to protect your church’s influence today and vision for tomorrow.

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Social Media Evangelism: Secrets and tips to engaging your people in 21st Century Evangelism
Presenter: Robin Ware

Christians are called to be “fishers of men”. If men are fish that represent souls then the internet and social media are the closest ponds! With the average American spending approximately 20 minutes daily on Facebook alone, Christian leaders must rethink where and how they and their people evangelize.

Train your team to become ‘digital evangelists’ for the Kingdom while they’re online. This best practices session will review major do’s and don’ts to guarantee online success, increase your followers and ensure your members use the technology of the day to expand God’s influence and eternal Kingdom.

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Stop Selling and Starting Relating
Presenter:  Coach Tony Rodriguez

Do you have a business, product, service or ministry that you know is valuable but struggle communicating its value to prospective clients or members? Worry no more. You don’t have to reduce yourself or others to the awkward feelings that generally accompany “selling”. In fact, you don’t have to sell at all but you do need to relate with your prospects in genuine ways while you communicate the value of your services or products. Learn how to relate with people in meaningful ways that will make your business, services or ministry irresistible.

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The Pastor and His Leaders: Closing the Growth Gap
Presenter: Dr. John Posey

Team building principle # 1 “You can only run as fast as the slowest person”. Most veteran pastors have experience with the “growth gap” that often develops between pastors and their leaders. Sometimes, after being placed into a position, a leader sits back and enjoys the benefits of the position. He/she simply stops growing. When, you as the pastor, keep growing yet your leaders don’t, the gap only widens. This behavior saps the motivation out of your people as they follow the leaders you appointed. See the problem? In this session you’ll gain specific strategies to close the gap that’s been slowing you down so together you can increase your pace and realize your vision.

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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Entrepreneurship
Presenter: Kurinn Wright and Dr. Rhonda Anderson
Got a dream business that you want God to use as a tool to influence others and increase your income? Shorten your learning curve by one yea, avoid wasted time, save money and energy.  This pre-conference session will give you practical tools and strategies for social media, networking, marketing, business planning and more that will enable you to increase your influence, income, and impact in business for years to come.

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The Power of Passionate Intention: Positioning & Preparing for a 2.0 Anointing
Presenter: Dr. Mark Chironna

The greatest leaders, the most influential people, have one thing in common, passion! However, passion alone isn’t enough. Passion needs direction, intention, and action. Be inspired as you embrace the Elisha principle and receive a 2.0 anointing! Gain practical steps to set your personal potential into motion as you increase your kingdom influence for God.

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Urban Influencers:  Holistic Ministry & The Power of Partnerships, within an Urban Context
Presenter: Pastor David K. Brawley

It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child; but, it takes a church to raise a village! Urban churches, small or large, can exponentially increase their community influence thought the power of strategic partnerships with other local organizations. Find out how churches are connecting with their communities in creative ways that increase their influence, serve the greater good, and change lives. Your ministry can very well be the next church to raise its urban village!

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Bonus:  Writing & Publishing Your First Book
Presenter/Panelist- Dr. Samuel R. Chand, Dr. Don Brawley III, Martijn Van Tilborgh, Debbie Chand

There’s nothing like the feeling of holding your very own completed and published book in your hand. One of the fastest ways to increase your influence is by writing a book. Many people dream of publishing a book but get stuck in the process. They have an idea but don’t know how to start or get stuck and haven’t finished it. This session will give you the information and tools you need to write your first book, get it published, and effectively market it.