2021 Speakers and Workshops Schedule

This year’s workshops are designed to: (1) focus on the conference theme “Differences,” and/or (2) address relevant topics impacting and influencing the Church today. The workshops will deal with the following areas of ministry: Bible & Theology, Care & Counseling, Preaching & Teaching, Outreach & Discipleship, Leadership & Church Management, Legal & Finance, Children/Youth/College Ministries, and Women’s Ministry.

  • Speakers, topics, and room numbers are listed alphabetically (by speaker) for each workshop session.
  • Several of the workshops will be presented twice due to the split lunch schedule.
  • Abstracts for each workshop can also be found in the conference catalogue (receive at check-in).
  • Scan the QR code on the nametag you'll receive at check-in to quickly access this page throughout the conference.

WORKSHOP SESSION I - Monday, 4:00 - 4:45 PM

Capin Crouse (Rob Faulk & Tammara Jongkind)

A Look at What’s Next: Nonprofit Tax and Budget Considerations for Churches

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Join us for a discussion of two key considerations for churches: maintaining your tax-exempt status and preparing an effective budget post-COVID. We’ll provide insight on the latest developments and helpful takeaways you can implement at your church.  
H.B. Charles, Jr. What Expository Preaching is NOT FC 204
David Gibbs III Effectively Leading Your Ministry in 2021-2022: Times Are Rapidly Changing in America SC 202 / 204
Michael Grisanti

The Benefits of Archaeology 

FC 203
  After a brief introduction to the discipline of archaeology, we will consider some important contributions made by archaeology to biblical interpretation (focusing on more recent discoveries).  
Sam Harbin

Basics for Building "Big Idea" Sermons

FC 202

  An introduction to “big idea” expository preaching with demonstrations of how to develop the big idea (main idea) from a biblical passage and how to make the big idea the controlling factor in the sermon.  
Costi Hinn Multi-site Mania – A Closer Look: An Argument Against the Multi-site Model Within a Church FC 209
Miriam Lofquist

Sharpening a Woman’s Ability to Have Biblical Discernment

Upper Room

  This workshop will help you to realize the importance of being spiritually discerning in your life. We are discerning in many areas of our lives, yet often push discernment aside when we are studying the Word of God. We will look at reasons women are not often spiritually discerning and then ways to sharpen spiritual discernment as we encounter truth and lies in our culture.  
Michael Ortiz Connecting the Gospel Cross-Culturally: Practical Applications from John 4 FC 205
  During this workshop, an overview of the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well will be examined. From the John 4 text, numerous aspects of that encounter will be discussed in terms of their practical application for cross-cultural gospel ministries today. This will be an interactive workshop.  
Gavin Peacock

Biblical Sexuality: A Bite Point, A Pastoral Concern, and a Mission Moment

FC 206

  This workshop will address biblical sexuality and pastoral counsel.  
Mike Snavely

Return to Genesis

FC 207

  Genesis comes under more attack than any other book in the Bible. It is understandable that secularists criticize it because of their evolutionary views. However, much more troubling is the question of why so many evangelical Christians avoid its details or dilute the Bible here.  
Owen Strachan 7 Reasons to Destroy the Stronghold of Wokeness SC 206 / 208
  This session will explore the meaning of 2 Cor. 10:3-6 and apply it to the reigning ideology of our age.
 
     
Alex Strauch, Wayne Knowles & Rich Main (panel)

Preparing Men for Eldership

FC 201

  The panel will address (with Q & A) issues such as: Who should serve in the office of elder? How are they chosen? How are they trained?  
Michael Vlach

Supersessionism: Differences Between Dispensational and Covenant Theology

Chapel

  There is much confusion concerning the real differences between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology. This presentation will discuss the key issues that are at the heart of the differences between these two systems.  
Jared Wilson

Leading A Church in Gospel Unity

FC 210

  A call to think differently (call it theological triage): It’s time to recognize that gospel ministry is not just gospel centered teaching/preaching but also gracious leadership and the nurturing of a gracious culture in the church that can serve as an apologetic for gospel-centrality.  

 

WORKSHOP SESSION II - Tuesday, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Barby Bailey

Entering Rest

Upper Room

 

Are you worn out or burned-out serving God? Are you experiencing debilitating stress? We examine selected passages in the New Testament to discover how Jesus gives us rest during stress-filled trials, how Jesus gives us rest from depending on our human effort, and how Jesus gives us rest from weariness in serving Him.

 

Caleb Cruse Youth Ministry on Purpose: The Difference a Purposeful Scope and Sequence Can Make in Your Church’s Youth Ministry FC 201

Faithlife/Logos (Greg Monette)

From Preparation to Proclamation FC 209

 

Discover how Logos can help you see everything a massive digital library says about any biblical passage. Then, study your passage and write your sermon right inside Logos!  

David Gibbs III

Keep Yourself and Your Ministry out of Court Today: What You Need to Know

SC 202 / 204

Peter Goeman

What Is the Difference Between the Hebrew Text and the Septuagint? Why Is This Important?

SC 206 / 208

 

This session will look at the history of the OT text and will show how understanding the difference between the Hebrew OT text and the Greek translation of the OT will help your OT (and NT) understanding of texts.

 

HH Architects (Bruce Woody & Mark Ashcraft)

Planning Your Campus: Differences Across Generations SC 222

 

Architecture speaks. Each generation has a defined set of expectations for the experiences they engage with and the spaces driving them. Let’s discover the most common design considerations for Boomers through GenZ and how it translates to architecture.
 

Sam Harbin

Preaching How the Text Means: Narrative Sermons as Stories

FC 202

 

Instead of “one size fits all” approach to homiletics (one style/format regardless of biblical genre), this workshop proposes a method for building narrative sermons which retain the power of story in delivery.

 

Hal Hays

Different Approaches to Missions FC 207

 

This workshop will explore various approaches to mission work in a post-COVID world with an emphasis on conforming our efforts to fulfill the Great Commission. This will involve identifying the goal of the Great Commission, the role of the missionary in God’s plan for accomplishing the Great Commission and the means for accomplishing a God-honoring work.  

David Levy

Why Don’t Unbelievers Understand the Gospel? FC 210

 

The follow up question, “Why don’t they embrace or respond in faith to the gospel?” The answer to the questions not only revolves around spiritual blindness, common to all unbelievers. It also revolves around what we call “worldview noise” which varies greatly from person to person.  

Alex Strauch

Differences in Church Polity: Who Leads Your Church? Chapel

 

A brief survey of the various models of church governance in evangelical churches today. This session will also look at transitioning from a Deacon-led to Elder-led model.  

Nathan Winters

Left, Right, or Above: The Role of the Church in the Public Arena FC 206

 

The object of this workshop is to walk through the historic role of the church in the world and differences of opinion as to her role in the culture today. The goal is to discuss the biblical role the church should be performing as Salt and Light.  

 

WORKSHOP SESSION III - Tuesday, 12:15 - 1:00 PM

Caleb Cruse

Youth Ministry on Purpose: The Difference a Purposeful Scope and Sequence Can Make in Your Church’s Youth Ministry FC 201

Faithlife/Logos (Greg Monette)

From Preparation to Proclamation FC 209

 

Discover how Logos can help you see everything a massive digital library says about any biblical passage. Then, study your passage and write your sermon right inside Logos!  

Faithlife/Servant Keeper (Jon Haley)

Empowering Church Leaders in a Digital Age FC 204

 

Learn how to train and multiply your church leaders in a digital age—and how technology not only helps but has become essential.  

David Gibbs III

Keep Yourself and Your Ministry out of Court Today: What You Need to Know

SC 202 / 204

Peter Goeman

What Is the Difference Between the Hebrew Text and the Septuagint? Why Is This Important?

SC 206 / 208

 

This session will look at the history of the OT text and will show how understanding the difference between the Hebrew OT text and the Greek translation of the OT will help your OT (and NT) understanding of texts.

 

HH Architects (Bruce Woody & Mark Ashcraft)

Planning Your Campus: Differences Across Generations

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Architecture speaks. Each generation has a defined set of expectations for the experiences they engage with and the spaces driving them. Let’s discover the most common design considerations for Boomers through GenZ and how it translates to architecture.

 

Gary Hallquist & Stephen Pritchett

Goldilocks and the Three Biblical Counselors

FC 210

Paul Scharf

The Geneva Bible: The Source of America's Love for Israel -- How Did it Become Pro-Israel?

FC 203

 

The explanatory notes in the Geneva Bible clearly proclaimed that God still has a future for Israel, and thus influenced the theology of generations of the English-speaking world toward Zionism. But why and how did the notes come to include this position? Join us as we follow this historical quest to the next level of understanding.

 

Mike Snavely

The Horror of the Flood

FC 207

 

Understanding the flood (the purpose, causes, aftermath and evidence) is very important to an understanding of a biblically sound creation model. This workshop covers these elements of the flood event, and also includes a video & PowerPoint of the “Hydroplate Theory” – a biblically accurate and scientifically feasible portrayal of the event.

 

Mark Tatlock & Robb P.

Sending Expatriates or Empowering Nationals? What is More Effective?

Chapel

 

For years churches have wrestled with the thorny issue whether to support and send American missionaries to the foreign fields or empower (and support with our resources/funds) nationals who can reach/disciple their people.

 

Nathan Winters

Left, Right, or Above: The Role of the Church in the Public Arena

FC 206

 

The object of this workshop is to walk through the historic role of the church in the world and differences of opinion as to her role in the culture today. The goal is to discuss the biblical role the church should be performing as Salt and Light.

 

 

WORKSHOP SESSION IV - Tuesday, 3:30 - 4:15 PM

Mark Bailey, Larry Pettegrew, Tim Sigler, Michael Vlach (panel)

Dispensationalism & Covenantalism: The Issues of Distinction & Debate

Chapel

Richard Bargas

Fundamentalism, Modernism, and the Dangerous Middle

FC 202

 

Must doctrinal distinctions be set aside for the sake of Christian unity? This seminar will seek to demonstrate the danger of ecumenism as a solution to sharp doctrinal differences.

 

Eric Bargerhuff A Different Genre: Parables as Illustrations of Kingdom Realities FC 204
  Parables are simple but can be challenging, especially if they are read incorrectly. But Jesus used these to teach principles about the kingdom of the world, the intermediate kingdom, and the Messianic kingdom. Knowing the difference is important, as is knowing that these were designed to hide truth from unbelievers and to inform and encourage the hearts of true believers.  

Doug Bookman

Differences and Details in the Gospels Are Important

FC 210

 

A brief response to the tendency in the evangelical world (indeed, in the community of confessional inerrantists) to boldly embrace critical methodologies which eviscerate the historical reliability - and thus the authority - of the NT Gospels.

 

Dave Burggraff

The Historical Adam: Was He Real and How Long Ago Did He Live?

FC 206

 

Is belief in a historical Adam and Eve compatible with the scientific evidence? This century-old public debate has just received a different twist this month by one of evangelical’s renowned apologists – and it’s troubling for inerrantists. This workshop will ask, What claim does the Bible actually make about Adam and Eve and how does that comport with the new apologetic for scientific compatibility?

 

David Fletcher

Differences in Staff Leadership

SC 206 / 208

 

This workshop explores the different styles of leadership of a church staff. Some churches have a SP-XP leadership team, others have a core team of leaders with several people with “executive” or “lead” roles over ministry, operations, finance, and strategy. What is the difference between the vision creator and vision communicator? What is the role of the preaching pastor in the next decade? How are our seminaries preparing leaders for new roles of leadership in the church? Let’s explore those models and see which one might be best for your church.

 

Peter Goeman

Baptism – What’s the Difference between Paedobaptists and Credobaptists?

FC 203

 

This session will look at the difference between the Paedobaptist and the Credobaptist positions with special attention paid to the reformed presbyterian view of baptism, which differs significantly from the Lutheran or Catholic approach.

 

Michael Grisanti

The Limitations of Archaeology

FC 207

 

Since archaeological evidence (unearthed scientifically) requires interpretation (a more subjective endeavor), we will consider a few limitations to applying archaeological discoveries to biblical interpretation.

 

Elaine Harbin

Differing Without Dividing: Living Together When We Disagree Upper Room

 

Differences become divisive when we treat non-essentials (issues which do not affect our understanding of the gospel) like gospel essentials, or when we insist that others must see things exactly the way that we do. This workshop suggests possible underlying causes of such thinking and explores biblical principles for building strong gospel relationships in spite of our differences.  

Erwin Lutzer

Distinguishing Between the Language of Propaganda and the Language of Truth FC 209

 

In this seminar we will highlight seven ways that language is manipulated to promote propaganda. Then we will contrast this with a biblical view of language and remind ourselves that amid the cacophony of voicers, we must return to the voice of God in His Word to give us the light we need.
 

Gavin Peacock

Equipping Men to Lead in the Home and Church SC 202 / 204

 

Theological and practical encouragement for developing biblical husbands and fathers.
 

Alex Strauch, Wayne Knowles & Rich Main

Personal Holiness in the Life of an Elder FC 201

 

The panel will discuss (and Q & A) the character and conduct of someone chosen to serve as an elder: Discussing a life separated/set apart for the role of shepherd. How to practically guard your heart.  

Thrivent (Chris Lewis)

Are You Paying Too Much? SC 222

 

Your church may be leaving significant savings on the table that could be used for accelerating ministry expansion, adding staff or reducing overall debt. Church debt represents a significant part of a ministry’s budget—even so, churches do not naturally think about obtaining periodic bids to determine if they can reduce this expense. Join us as we discuss current market opportunities and techniques to identify if your ministry is paying too much.  

 

WORKSHOP SESSION V - Wednesday, 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Barby Bailey

Seeking Security

Upper Room

 

Does it feel like your world is spinning out of control? Are you feeling unsettled and insecure? We examine Psalm 23 to discover the importance of keeping our eyes on the One leading us through this precarious life, the necessity of finding all our security needs in Him, and the importance of living like we’re fully treasured and wholly loved by our Shepherd.

 

Eric Bargerhuff A Different Kind of Grief – Ministry in a Pandemic FC 204
  The Pandemic has laid a heavy burden on many aspects of life, one of which is how we grieve and are required to grieve in ways never before experienced. Understanding grief, its processes, the essential nature of the church, and the practical ways we can minister to the flock during this unusual time is a necessary topic for all pastors and ministry leaders to consider.  

Philip Burggraff & Peter Goeman

Gen. 6 – Who Are the Sons of God? Old and New Testament Perspectives on a Controversial Text

Chapel

 

This workshop will examine one of the most controversial passages in Scripture and discuss the many different views held by evangelicals today. The two speakers will help us gain insights and answers from Old and New Testament scriptures.

 

Faithlife/Servant Keeper (Jon Haley)

Empowering Church Leaders in a Digital Age

FC 207

 

Learn how to train and multiply your church leaders in a digital age—and how technology not only helps but has become essential.

 

David Gibbs III

Protecting Your Ministry from Allegations of Abuse (of all varieties)

SC 202 / 204

HH Architects (Bruce Woody & Mark Ashcraft)

Planning Your Campus: Differences Across Generations SC 222

 

Architecture speaks. Each generation has a defined set of expectations for the experiences they engage with and the spaces driving them. Let’s discover the most common design considerations for Boomers through GenZ and how it translates to architecture.
 

Sam Harbin

Preaching through Differences Without Dividing: Dealing with Differences in the Pulpit

FC 210

 

Though overused, the adjective "unprecedented" certainly describes the season we are experiencing in the broader culture and within our churches.  Pastoral burnout levels are elevating as strong opinions over non-essentials polarize congregations against others and against church leaders.  This workshop suggests underlying causes for this divisiveness and explores strategies for addressing these underlying causes in the pulpit ministry.

 

Les Lofquist

Differences: Small Town / Rural Churches

SC 206 / 208

 

Small town, rural churches are markedly different from their counterparts in urban / suburban centers. This workshop will explore those differences and provide some strategic solutions for understanding and reaching people in town and country settings.

 

Alex Strauch, Wayne Knowles & Rich Main

Practical Aspects of Being an Elder

FC 201

 

What differences do we see in the church today regarding elder board structure? Elder “team” structures? Authority of elders and the various elder teams? How can we best work together in unity as an elder team? What to do if an elder “stumbles,” etc.

 

Mark Tatlock & Robb P.

Modern Advancement: A Different Missionary Method for Our Day – Sending Traditional Workers vs. Sending Marketplace Ministers

FC 209

Bruce Ware

Jesus Facing Temptation and Growing in Obedience as a Man

FC 206

 

Jesus not only saved us by his death, but he also showed us how to live in a sinful world. We can and should learn from Jesus how he faced temptations and look to him for how to live faithful and obedient life.