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Sharper Conference 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

11:30 am to 4:00 pm
(includes lunch and a free gift for all pre-registered attendees)

Thomasville Road Baptist Church

3131 Thomasville Road

Tallahassee, FL 32308


What is the Sharper Ministry Conference?

The pastors and staff of Thomasville Road Baptist Church are partnering with the Florida Baptist Convention to bring you the Sharper Conference here at TRBC in Tallahassee, FL.  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. The conference is free to all pastors, staff and lay leaders and is being held at 20 different locations throughout the state of Florida. 

Why would I want to come and bring my staff and lay leaders?

Our TRBC church staff doesn't know it all. We don't have it all figured out. We haven't "arrived." But what we can do is listen, offer encouragement, and give you some strategies to tackle some of your challenges in various ministry areas. We strongly encourage you to bring your key church members who volunteer in these areas so that they too can be sharpened and encouraged.

For more information, contact Rachel Graham.

Schedule & Breakout Session Descriptions


11:30 – 12:00 pm – Check in and Network Lunch. Sit at tables with your ministry area.

12:00 – 12:45 pm – Opening Session led by Pastor Curtis Clark

12:45 – 1:00 pm – Transition to breakout sessions

1:00 –  1:45 pm – Breakout Session 1

1:45 – 2:00 pm – Break

2:00 – 2:45 pm – Breakout Session 2

2:45 – 3:00 pm – Break

3:00 – 3:45 pm – Closing Session - Q & A panel discussion, worship and prayer time

3:45 – 4:00 pm – Closing Thoughts/Prayer

Breakout Session Descriptions (unless noted, the same information will be offered in both sessions)

Pastors’ Roundtable - trends and topics in ministry including building trust in your congregation, delegating, barriers to growth, using sermon series effectively, etc.
Led by Curtis Clark, Senior Pastor

All Things Admin – managing budgets and business meetings, maintaining buildings, hiring personnel
Led by Jerry Thornton, Pastor of Administration

Worship Ministry Roundtable – various topics depending on participants, but can include worship philosophy, choir participation, introducing new songs to the congregation, tech issues, and livestreaming.
Led by Jason Pamblanco, Worship Pastor and worship staff

Moving from Milk to Meat – developing small groups and adult ministries so adults can grow and find places to serve.
Led by Steve Vaughan, Missions and Education Pastor  (BREAKOUT SESSION ONE ONLY)

Go and Make Disciples - creating a missions culture in your church
Led by Steve Vaughan, Missions and Education Pastor  (BREAKOUT SESSION TWO ONLY)

Be Our Guest – viewing your church through a visitor’s eyes and learning how to help guests move from guests to church members.
Led by Cindy Wilson, Pastor of Outreach and Member Development

Exploring Other Outreach Resources – social media, website, t-shirts, community involvement (BREAKOUT SESSION TWO ONLY)
Led by Rachel Graham, Church Development Coordinator

Let the Little Children Come – roundtable format with topics to include dealing with trends (divorce situations, grandparents raising grandchildren), preparing children for baptism, nursery security, and how to start a community wide event like a Fall Festival
Led by Dayle Isted, Pastor of Children’s Ministries

Youth Ministry Philosophy and Practice – discipleship, 7 year missions plan, leadership, public school Bible studies, recruiting and training quality youth leaders.
Led by Kevin Hall, Youth Pastor

Reaching the Next Generation – understanding millennials (ages 18-30) and what they value and believe so that you can minister to them effectively
Led by Marty Sloan, College Pastor

Engaging Senior Adults – creative activity and Bible study ideas to keep seniors engaged and connected to your church
Led by Shirley Fleetwood, Senior Adults Ministry Coordinator

Caring With Grace – handling hospital visits, funerals, aging church members and effectively ministering during crisis situations
Led by J.R. Hite, Pastoral Counselor

I’m A Counselor Too? – dealing with difficult counseling situations, how to know when you are in over your head, when to report issues to authorities.
Led by Shelley Todd, Director of Counseling