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Sharper Conference 2018

Thursday, February 22 - 11:30 am - 4 pm

Thanks to all that made Sharper 2018 a success and thank YOU to those that came and dedicated time to grow your ministry! We pray that God blessed your time and continues to bless your churches as you share His message of salvation! Check back for more information regarding Sharper 2019.


The demands of ministry can be grueling. Invest the time in yourself to sharpen your tools as a ministry leader. A day of strengthening as ministry peer groups come together to gain fresh perspectives from fellow ministry leaders.

Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges of the day pull you in multiple directions. The dullness takes its toll – forcing us to work harder to maintain the same level of effectiveness as we minister to our congregation and our staff.

Breakout Options

Pastor’s Round Table Discussion 

Pastoring a church of any size is an enormously important and complicated responsibility. Pastor Curtis Clark will lead a discussion of strategies for leading your church through change, tackling sacred cows, building congregational trust, getting unstuck and encouraging people to give.   In addition, leading your church to be involved in and committed to missions will only work if the Senior Pastor strongly supports this calling of the church.  Pastor Curtis Clark will lead a discussion on how to prioritize missions giving and involvement no matter the size of your church. 

Pastor’s Wives Round Table Discussion and Fellowship – 11:30 – 12:45

Martha Clark, wife of Pastor Curtis Clark, is looking forward to spending time during lunch with other pastor wives as they sit around the table and encourage and learn from each other. Sign up separately for the Pastor’s Wives Breakout Group if you are able to attend that as well.

Reaching Millennials and College Students

Marty Sloan will lead a discussion about some ways to engage young adults and college students, in missions. He will discuss the importance of short and long-term missions, the questions students are asking, and needs that can be met by your church.

Leadership

There is a constant need to identify and develop new leadership for the ministry and mission of our church.  Steve Vaughan will lead a discussion on identifying leadership and training new and old leadership both for ministry within the church, but also for our outreach to the community and the world.

Children and Preschool

Having a dynamic and safe children’s/preschool ministry is one of the most important tools for reaching families and evangelizing the next generation.  Dayle Isted will lead a discussion on effective children’s and preschool ministries. Bring your ideas on getting young families involved. We will also discuss the importance of having a missions component in children’s activities.

Making Members or Making Great Commission Disciples?

Is the goal of outreach to add more church members? Or is it to reach people with the Gospel so they can be transformed into Great Commission Disciples? This session will focus on how the goal of our discipleship approach impacts our strategy for outreach and church membership. Dr. Cindy Wilson will discuss specific strategies and processes for reaching newcomers, creating an inviting atmosphere, following up with guests, and assimilating new members, but all with the goal of transforming lives into Great Commission Disciples of Jesus Christ.

Worship Round Table Discussion

Our fallen world needs to know and worship the one true God, and the Christian mission is to make disciples who will worship Him by faith in Jesus Christ.  Until Christ’s return, earthly worship will exist as we make known the name of Jesus Christ in praise and adoration.  The psalmist said, “many will see it [our new songs/hymns of praise] and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”   With a firm understanding of our role in spreading the fame and glory of God, worship leaders are called to excellence in song selection, musical/technical preparation, and service planning.  We’ll take a look at the “why” of worship as well as the “how” of these practical areas for growth in the life of a church’s worship ministry.

Youth

How do you reach and equip this generation of teenagers, and adult volunteers to follow Jesus? Kevin Hall will discuss ways to develop mission minded teenagers and adults who identify with Jesus, serve Him throughout the year, and lead others to do the same.

Supporting our Communities

Our communities are full of people experiencing crises which can open them to the Good News of the Gospel.  Dr. Shelley Todd will lead a discussion about how to help during crisis. This will include ideas about counseling ministries and other support ministries which can reach the unchurched in your community.

Prayer: A Source of Pleasure, Peace, & Passion for the Pastor's Wife

Martha Clark will lead this time devoted to guided prayer (together) and alone. Often the thing needed most is to be still and be with God. Especially as pastor's wives it is necessary to take time to rest in the spirit and spend time communing with God so we have the pleasure, peace and passion as a woman and a pastor's wife. While we will share some time together this will be more of a time of doing than talking about doing. A guide will allow you to customize a time of prayer for yourself, your husband, your ministry, your children, your church and whatever you want to talk with the Lord about. I hope the guide will be helpful for you in the future as well.