Elevate Workshops

Dr. Lawless will be speaking twice, once for pastors only and then in the main session for everyone. All other workshops will be held twice, once at 9:30 and again at 10:30. Consider bringing enough people from your church to take advantage of each workshop being offered.


Dr. Chuck Lawless, Professor of Evangelism and Missions, Dean of Doctoral Studies, and Vice-President for Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary; Team Leader for Theological Education Strategists for the International Mission Board

Pastors Only Session and Main Session

Dr. Lawless will discuss with our pastors why membership matters. They will take a look at growing churches with effective membership classes and assimilation strategies. Based on a study of 75+ churches around the country.

In the main session, Dr. Lawless will discuss what it takes to become a Great Commission Church, a church that reaches non-believers, disciples new believers, and reproduces itself through church multiplication.

Dr. Tim Smith, Groups and Faith Development Specialist, Georgia Baptist Mission Board

Proven Steps to Revitalizing your Sunday School/Small Groups Ministry

Sunday School is one of the greatest tools we have for reaching the lost and equipping the saints. However, many of our churches struggle in this area of ministry. Whether your church has traditional Sunday School or Small Groups that meet throughout the week, there are simple, proven steps you can take to increase participation and improve the effectiveness of this vital ministry. This workshop is recommended for Pastors, Education Ministers, Sunday School directors, Discipleship leaders, and anyone involved in small groups of any kind.

During this session you will be introduced the upcoming Sunday School Mentoring Partnership with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board and the Centennial Baptist Association.  This is a three-year process to lead your church to grow and be healthy.  The Sunday School Mentoring Partnership is proven process with over 400 churches finishing the process and 70% of them experiencing growth.


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Dr. Ken Ellis, Pastor, Northeast Community Church, Norcross, GA

Becoming Relevant to your Community

Many churches have become aware of their responsibility to minister to persons who are spiritually lost and hurting within their community.  However, some churches need assistance in developing a plan to have an effective ministry to Share Christ while Meeting Needs.  This seminar will help guide the local church in that planning process and help to develop relevant ministries to reach their local community.

Mrs. Maria Brannen, Kids Groups and Faith Development, Georgia Baptist Mission Board

Connecting Children to the Bible

According to LifeWay research, “The biggest predictor of spiritual health as young adults is whether they read the Bible regularly as kids.”  Join us for some fun, practical and intentional ways we can connect Kids to God’s Word at church and home.

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Dr. Jason Loudermilk, Mission Strategist, West Metro Baptist Association

Seeking God's Purpose for your Church

An overview of the strategic planning process for the local church, including benefits of the process and examples of churches and ministries that have been revitalized in part by becoming strategically focused on their mission, values, purpose, goals, and priorities.

Dr. Steve Parr, Vice-President of Staff Coordination and Development, Georgia Baptist Mission Board

Reaching and Keeping the Next Generation

In this workshop you will learn a unique strategy for reaching the next generation as well as insight on what keeps kids connected to church into their adult lives.


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Rev. Trent DeLoach, Pastor, Clarkston International Bible Church; North American Mission Board Send Relief Missionary and Director of the Send Relief Ministry Center, Clarkston, GA

Stepping Toward the Foreigner: Practical Ways to Serve Refugees

Come learn what the Bible has to say about refugee ministry, discover how they come to America, and how you can love and serve them. This workshop will give insight into how the church sets the example on how to love those who are hurting.

Mrs. Mary Laughman, Georgia WMU State Prayer Coordinator

Women's Ministry Roundtable

Along with Angela Brown, Women's Ministry Director for the Centennial Baptist Association, Mary will facilitate a roundtable discussion on the challenges facing women's ministry. A specific focus will be on how to reach across generational lines to reach women of all ages.

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Rev. Keith Johnson, Music Pastor, Mountain View Baptist Church, Thomaston

Music Ministry Roundtable

One of the greatest challenges facing churches today is how to create an atmosphere for worship that ministers to every segment of their church family. Join with others involved in music ministry to discuss how to bridge the gaps and remain focused on the goal of worship.