I am aware that some are of the persuasion that hosting conferences and workshops are passe. I am not saying every AMS needs to do these conferences. I will say that you need to know how God has gifted you and operate out of your spiritual gifts as much as possible. My gifts are administration, exhortation, and shepherding. Therefore, organizing Pastors Conferences, and other conferences and workshops comes relatively easy for me, whereas for others, it would be very difficult. However, if you are not gifted in this area, and yet you see the need to offer what we are talking about, pray and ask the Lord to raise up someone gifted in administration who can help you host a training conference with excellence.
Small Group Bible studies, Sunday School classes, Cell Groups, etc., can be and should be very impactful in making disciples. But there needs to be an intentional effort to do them effectively with excellence, not half-heartedly.
I hope the following articles will encourage you and help equip you. In addition, the Southside Baptist Network is also sponsoring an Equipping the Saints Church Strengthening Conference to
If we as pastors, ministers, and church leaders are going to see significant spiritual renewal and impact for the glory of God, we must be investing in the men in our churches. It seems like that is a lost art.
We live in an age when people are less inclined to join or commit to church, marriage, leadership positions, anything. And if they do, they tend to be nominally committed rather than fully committed and involved.
Below are some ways to counteract that trend when it comes to commitment to church. Thom Rainer, President of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has some helpful insights concerning New Member Classes and other ways to help new members stick.
I’m Ray Gentry, the husband of Debra & father of April & Allison. I serve over 80 congregations on the southside of Atlanta as Associational Mission Strategist of the Southside Baptist Network. I am also the President/CEO of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL). I’ve served Southern Baptist churches & associations in various roles for over 35 years.