Those who attend Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions related to various areas of ministry. Sessions will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Koury Convention Center from 3:15-4 p.m. and from 4:15-5 p.m.

A Biblical Perspective on Immigration
Amaury Santos, BSCNC Hispanic strategy coordinator
Larry Phillips, BSCNC immigrant ministries strategist
3:15-4 p.m.  •  Olympia
There has been much discussion and debate on the issue of immigration, but what does the Bible say? This breakout will explore practical applications to immigration services and ministries from a biblical point of view. This session will be conducted in English.

A Biblical Perspective on Immigration (Spanish)
Amaury Santos, BSCNC Hispanic strategy coordinator
Larry Phillips, BSCNC immigrant ministries strategist
4:15-5 p.m.  •  Olympia
There has been much discussion and debate on the issue of immigration, but what does the Bible say? This breakout will explore practical applications to immigration services and ministries from a biblical point of view. This session will be conducted in Spanish.

An Overview of Basic Pastoral Counseling​ for Anxiety-Depression
Brad Hambrick, pastor of counseling, Summit Church, Durham
4:15-5 p.m.  •  Cedar C
Anxiety and depression are the “common cold” of emotional experience for people. There are many questions about how to provide the most effective pastoral care for your members who experience various levels of life disruption from these difficult emotions. In this breakout, we’ll give you an overview of basic pastoral care for anxiety and depression and provide resources that your members can use to create an effective community of care for one another.

Bridges Out of Poverty: Rediscovering God’s Heart for the Poor
Dan Collison, BSCNC strategy coordinator (Charlotte)
3:15-4 p.m.  •  Bear Creek
This session will introduce a comprehensive approach to understanding and alleviating poverty as part of a disciple-making strategy.

Changing Lives through Personal Involvement in Missions
N.C. Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission Staff
3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.  •  Turnberry
Your church can be involved in missions locally, across the state and around the world. Missions involvement not only changes the lives of your church members, but also the lives of people in your community and world. Come discover numerous mission projects that your church can be involved in, such as disaster relief, medical missions, mission camps, and state, national and international partnerships.

Creating a Word and Deed Ministry Among Your Immigrant Neighbors
Jonathan Derbyshire, contractor, Office of Great Commission Partnerships
3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.  •   Heritage A
Do your ministry activities fit into an overarching disciple-making strategy? How do you get from simply befriending and serving your immigrant neighbors to sharing the good news of the gospel, making disciples and gathering new churches? How do you leverage ministry activities, such as English as a second language, citizenship and welcoming refugees, to initiate Bible studies that result in groups of believers and communities of faith?

Faith at Home in Every Ministry
Mark Smith, senior consultant, BSCNC Family Evangelism and Discipleship
3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.  •  Oak B
Come learn how to strategically equip and encourage the parents and grandparents of your congregation to be disciple-makers of their homes. In this breakout, you will learn how to integrate the Faith at Home disciple-making culture into your preaching, Sunday School/small group, adult, senior adult, youth and children’s ministries. By the end of the breakout, you will have a renewed confidence and be better prepared to live out Deuteronomy 6:7 and Ephesians 4:12 in your church.

How to Keep Your Bible Study Group from Losing Its First Love
Rick Hughes, senior consultant, BSCNC Sunday School and Small Groups
3:15-4 p.m.  •  Colony C
Sometimes in our Bible study groups, we get so busy doing good things that we abandon the best thing — love for Jesus. This session will offer practical principles on returning to your first love.

Life Communities
Steve Clark, pastor, New Life Authentic Christian Community
Conover 4:15-5 p.m.  •  Cedar A
Many churches operate on a “come and see” model rather than with a “go and serve” mindset. What if we could empower every family in the congregation to use their sphere of influence to reach their friends and neighbors for Christ? Come learn more about missional communities and how they can be used to impact and reach your neighborhood.

Millennial Parents: Understanding, Equipping and Empowering Gen Y Parents
Cheryl Markland, senior consultant, BSCNC Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship
4:15-5 p.m.  •  Pinehurst

Millennial parents engage with life and the church in unique ways. Come and receive insights into this generation that will help you and other church leaders engage in ministry with millennial parents in the local church.

Myth-busters: Debunking Online Giving Myths
Lauren Kastner, sales team leader, Kindrid
Becky Torre Sauer, marketing team leader, Kindrid
3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.  •  Oak C
Myths, confusion, questions and fear often cloud thinking and perspective regarding online giving. Learn from a myth-buster that will bring clarity and simplicity to this uncharted territory for some and complex issue for others. Walk away with practical handles to take the next step in leading your church to this new frontier for stewardship.

Prayer that Transforms: Acts 3:19
Michael Barrett, pastor, Pleasant Garden Baptist Church
Bud Parrish, interim pastor & chaplain, Greensboro Fire Department
3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.  •  Heritage B
Participants will examine biblically and practically how God is calling His people across North Carolina to return to Him in brokenness, holiness and mission as pastors and prayer leaders share stories of God’s transforming work in churches and communities through “one-accord” prayer.

Principles for Multihousing Ministry
Brian Norris, Joe Maye, K.O. Grissett, contractors, Office of Great Commission Partnerships
3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.  •  Cedar B
Nearly 95 percent of the people who live in luxury apartments, gated communities, government housing communities, trailer parks and other multihousing communities are unchurched. While there is no “one-size-fits-all” model for disciple-making among the different multihousing communities in our state, there are proven principles that can be used as your church seeks to begin a multihousing ministry. During this breakout, you will learn those principles.

Reaching College Students Lab
Collegiate Partnerships Team
3:15-5:45 p.m.  •  Cedar C
There are approximately 1.1 million college students in North Carolina who don’t know Jesus. If you have a desire to change that reality but don’t know where to start, this lab is for you. The Collegiate Partnerships Team will teach you the first steps in engaging a college campus with the gospel and then take you to a nearby university and walk with you as you practice these steps so you can return home and get started on a college campus near you. Note: This lab will take approximately 2.5 hours and require walking. A Chick-fil-A meal will be provided. (Limited to the first 30 participants.)

Religious Liberty in the 21st Century: What Every Church Leader Needs to Know
Michael J. Allison, vice president, chief counsel & secretary, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance
Steve Case, assistant vice president & senior corporate counsel, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance
3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.  •   Auditorium 1
As legal attacks on religious liberty abound, churches must protect and prepare themselves. Learn about the latest threats to our churches and denominational entities, how to protect the church from employment and facilities use lawsuits, and where all of this may be headed in the coming years.

Revitalization Like You’ve Never Seen Before
Panel discussion moderated by Lonnie Reynolds, senior consultant, BSCNC Church Health and Revitalization
3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.  •  Colony B
Existing churches and new church plants need the same thing to impact their area for Christ — each other! Join this panel discussion to learn how seasoned pastors are partnering with church planters to change the face of revitalization in North Carolina.

Rising Above Foyer Feedback: The Art of Objective Sermon Evaluation
Jim Shaddix, professor of preaching, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.  •  Colony A
This session will explore ways pastors can receive helpful feedback on their sermons so they can grow in their preaching. Specific subjects will include: how to be intentional in getting feedback, putting together sermon evaluation teams, finding and equipping objective people, and using helpful tools.

Sending Churches
Mark Gray
, team leader, BSCNC Church Planting,
Mike Pittman, pastor, Vertical Church, Lumberton,
Marcus Redding, BSCNC contractor
3:15-4 p.m.  •  Cedar A
Any size church can become a “sending church.” Churches that partner with new churches are positively impacted by increases in attendance, tithes and offerings, and mission giving. Becoming a sending church is one of the most effective ways to impact lostness through disciple-making. This session will discuss steps to partnering with a new church to positively impact both the sending church and the new church in ways that many are won to Christ.

Speaking the Truth: Women Using Everyday Conversations to Share the Gospel
Ashley Allen, senior consultant, BSCNC Embrace Women’s Evangelism and Discipleship
3:15-4 p.m.  •  Pinehurst
This breakout session will offer practical and hands-on ways to equip women to engage other women in gospel conversations that are natural for casual encounters or lengthy conversations. Whether it is a family member or someone you meet in the store, learn ways to use everyday encounters to share nuggets of the gospel.

The Church Renewal Journey
Bob & Phyllis Foy, North American Mission Board Service Corps – Church Renewal Journey
4:15-5 p.m.  •  Bear Creek
In this breakout, you will learn a discipling process for awakening and equipping your church laity to impact their communities for Christ.

The Heart of Disciple-Making: How the Great Commandment Fuels the Great Commission
Brian Upshaw, team leader, BSCNC Disciple-Making Team
4:15-5 p.m.  •  Colony C
There is a lot of talk about the methods and the tools for making disciples, and that is a good thing. Yet, with all of the training and equipping, there is still a hesitancy to engage in sharing the gospel and making disciples. Have sincere, but misplaced, motives caused this reluctance? In this session, we will explore a practical way to help motivate disciples to make disciples by seeing how the Great Commandment fuels everything in the life of a disciple.

With: A Disciple-Making Relationship
George Robinson, associate professor, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Josh Reed, senior consultant, BSCNC Adult Evangelism and Discipleship
3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.  •  Oak A
This breakout is designed to give you a window into a current disciple-making relationship. You will learn four key principles of disciple-making (inspiration, equipping, training and mobilization) and hear examples of each in the context of a normal relationship. The goal is that each participant will be inspired to be and make disciples to the glory of God.