National Capital Christian Education Conference 2017
Partial Listing of Workshop Sessions (as of 10/29/16)

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Ministers’ Summit

Friday, January 27 - 11:30 am – 3 pm at First Baptist Church of Glenarden (rooms 224-225)

The Exegetical Process –

Dr James R Love, Sr

A generation ago, the great preacher Phillip Brooks, said " preaching is truth communicated through personality." The backbone of preaching is the ability to master the exegetical process. In other words, if you don't have the skills to interpret the text of scripture then you probably won't have much to say when you preach! Exegesis is the art and the science of interpretation. In this session the participants will be introduced to the exegetical process. The basic question that will be addressed in this session is "how is the text to be interpreted?”

How to Let the Message Find You –

Pastor Tim Seay

This session will address the essential practice and discipline of engaging your eyes, ear, and heart to perceive what God wants to say through you as a Biblical communicator. You provide Him a canvas and He will paint a masterful picture!

Leading Your Congregation through Preaching –

Dr Doug Fombelle

Why is it important for you to preach and to teach your mission and vision regularly in Sunday sermons? We will begin with a brief overview of core elements of Transformational Leadership Theory. Then we will explore why regularly preaching your specific mission and vision for your church is necessary for a healthy congregational life.

Saturday, January 28 – 9 am – 10:15 pm at Charles Herbert Flowers High School

Pastor John K Jenkins, Sr

Friday, January 27 Focus Workshop Sessions


5:45-6:45 pm A Biblical Design for Manhood – Kris Dolberry (Lifeway)
Manhood is like fire. When it stays within the boundaries for which it was intended, it will warm families, churches, and communities. But like fire, when it moves outside of those boundaries, it will burn those institutions to the ground. This workshop will explore God's design for Biblical manhood and how God uses it to bring about flourishing in His created order.
8:45-9:45 pm Just Show Up! – Rex Tignor
Many men today are being hit hard by life, they are trying to go at it alone and are being picked off. What would it look like if you “just showed up” and came alongside of other men, meeting them for a cup of coffee once a week, walking through life with them. In this equipping session, we will give you the tools on how to walk into a man’s life while the others are walking out.


5:45-6:45 pm What Meal Have You Prepared to Serve? – Monique Johnson
Often times we think we're serving the body of Christ a special meal from the Lord when in actuality the food that we're serving is spoiled. This session will help you to get rid of the things in your life that are holding you back from giving your best.
8:45-9:45 pm I Don’t Want to Be a Spiritually Bulimic Woman Anymore! – Monique Johnson
This session will teach you how to balance receiving from the Lord and sharing what He has given you for you and what is to be shared with the world.

Excellence in Leadership

5:45-6:45 pm Closed Doors, Open Windows – Jevon Billups
Excellent leadership often comes at a painful cost. Many of our greatest leaders have led fiercely and presented well publicly yet wrestled privately in secrecy and silence. This course will provide emerging leaders and thriving leaders with nuggets of wisdom of healthy leadership in spite of crisis and conflict, variable income, compassion fatigue, poor personal stewardship and waning devotion.
8:45-9:45 pm TBD

Children’s Ministry

5:45-6:45 pm Bible Skills Are Not Boring! – Landry Holmes (Lifeway)
Bible skills are not boring, but the way we teach them can be! Let’s talk about Bible skills children need to learn and discover fun ways to teach them those skills.
8:45-9:45 pm Growing in God’s Word – Landry Holmes (Lifeway)
As children grow, their understanding of foundation Biblical truths grows with them. We will discover how to systematically teach children in an age-appropriate way.


5:45-6:45 pm Tips for Building Disciples by the Numbers – David Apple (Lifeway)
Do you want to help your Sunday School or church ministry reach more people? Sure you do! There are several strategies we need to remember if we will connect more people through our church. This session will help you rediscover and remember strategies that make a difference.
8:45-9:45 pm Tips for Teaching God’s Word to Adults – David Apple (Lifeway)
We get to teach the same message as Jesus through our church and ministry! He demonstrated the power of God as He taught His word. This workshop will help you discover ten tips for power-filled Bible teaching. It will also help you identify and develop skills for leading Bible study groups for adults.

Marriage and Family

5:45-6:45 pm TBD
8:45-9:45 pm Keeping Satan Out of Your Guest Room – Michael and Erin Whitmer
In Ephesians 4:27, Paul tells us not to give the devil a foothold. But in marriage, in the midst of conflict, we sometimes not only give the devil a foothold, we set him up in our guest room, with the best linens and the best guest treatment. In this session we will talk about the common pitfalls that result in giving Satan a comfortable place in our marriage, and how to communicate effectively to strengthen your marriage and evict your unwanted guest.

Plenary session scheduled for 7-8:30 pm, to include praise and worship and message from Pastor John K Jenkins, Sr

Saturday, January 28 Workshops

Bible Content

9-10:15 am Faith
Choice Nwachuku
This workshop will shed light on Hebrews 11 (“Without faith it is impossible to please God …) What is faith and what kind pleases God? Small, medium or great faith? Is it when we see the manifestation or not? This workshop will empower the believer’s walk of faith.

11 am – 12:15 pm The Gospel in the Feasts of Israel
David Liebman
This workshop focuses on the seven chief Old Testament holidays or feasts. You will learn the purpose of these celebrations both then and now. Learn how the coming of Jesus fulfilled those feasts and gave them a larger meaning.

12:30-1:45 pm Christ in the Passover
David Liebman
This workshop and demonstration uses visual aids to paint a picture of how Jesus fulfilled the Feast of Sukkot (also known as the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles). We will explain the traditional and Christological significance of this holiday. Jesus’ claims to be the light of the world and the living water are brought into perspective as the meaning of this holiday unfolds.

Evangelism and Discipleship

9-10:15 am How to Witness
David Liebman
(A Jewish evangelism seminar) We have found that if you can witness to a Jewish person, you can witness to just about anybody! You will glean valuable tips on presenting the Gospel to Jewish friends and “not so Jewish” friends alike. You will gain insight into various objections to the Gospel as well as conversation techniques and understanding Jewish sensitivities.

11 am-12:15 pm Discipleship: When Counseling Becomes Discipleship
Bob Tome
Counseling individuals and families brings many challenges. However, there is a point when counseling blends into discipleship. At this point, there are great opportunities to help people grow in the Lord and develop a strong spiritual foundation. Join me for this session as you move people from clinical/biblical counseling to discipleship.

12:30-1:145 pm Destination Disciple: The Journey toward Life Transformation
Stephanie Edge (Lifeway)
Spiritual growth occurs incrementally and over a lifetime (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). Examine the life of
Christ and how He led believers toward life change. Learn practical steps to apply Jesus’ model of discipleship in order to challenge others to become faithful followers of Christ.

2-3:15 pm Foxhole Faith
Erin Whitmer
Dwight D. Eisenhower declared in a 1954 broadcast that "there are no atheists in the foxholes." This notion that men turn instinctively to God in moments of trial, weakness and fear is powerful. Biblically, God has used some of his most broken and terrified people for his ministry. When Erin Whitmer's baby nearly died eight years ago, she had only foxhole faith, only prayers mustered out of desperation to a God she had largely ignored. But God granted a tiny mercy that lead to the resurrection of not only her faith, but her family's. In this session we'll talk about why the foxhole prayer is so powerful and how it can lead to strong warriors for Christ.

Expressing Worship through the Creative Arts

9-10:15 am TBD

11 am-12:15 pm Expressing Worship through Dance
Lydia Michelle Melton

12:30-1:45 pm Expressing Worship through the Poetic Spoken Word

2-3:15 pm Relevant Worship for Youth and Young Adults
Curtis Thomas
Today’s youth and young adults are filling the clubs week in and week out but the church pews are empty. Learn how to compel them to come in as the Bible says in Luke 14:23. This session will incorporate the use of 3G (Gospel GoGo) music.


9-10:15 am The Credit Bureaus: Can We Believe Their Report?

11 am-12:15 pm Investing Matters

12:30-1:145 pm Do You Have Assurance and Insurance?
Carl Reeder

2-3:15 pm I’m Not Rich But I’m Planning Not to Be Broke!
Deborah Love


9-10:15 am Attitude Makes the Difference
Jevon Billups
Throughout the Bible we see over and over again instances of great hospitality followed by blessings and miracles. The presence and power of God can be felt through expressions of compassion and genuine fellowship. This workshop will provide insight and information that will help participants examine the motivations of servant leadership. Whether a communal meal, lodging guests, or wholesome entertainment. having a positive, healthy and hospitable attitude towards new acquaintances has a major impact on relationship building and effectively spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

11 am-12:15 pm The Heart of Leadership: Personal Principles for Leading and Finishing Well
Stephanie Edge (Lifeway)
Great leaders aspire to lead and to finish well! Successful leadership happens one decision, one step, and one day at a time. Explore practical personal leadership principles to help you lead and finish well such as prioritizing family, overcoming obstacles, managing stress, and most importantly maintaining a vital relationship with God.

12:30-1:45 pm Developing the Leaders Around You
Dr. Doug Fombelle
Healthy churches train leaders to lead well. What is your strategy for preparing your leaders to serve your vision throughout the entire breadth and depth of your congregation or ministry? We will consider both the content and strategic approaches to leadership development.
2-3:15 pm Re-Energizing Leaders
James Davis
Every day ministry leaders are leaving the church due to burnout. The symptoms include neglect of families, spouses and other responsibilities. This workshop explores several daily practices that can help leaders to avoid burnout. Participants will learn how to: recapture unseized time; identify the seven thieves of joy; identify the signs of running on empty; and balance and manage time.

Marriage and Family

9-10:15 am Equipping the Saints for the Ministry of Marriage
Jerome and Roberta Bright
As a church leader or layman, have you ever felt “burned out”? So many things to do, so many people to reach, but not enough time to do it all. If this is your scenario, then this is the workshop for you! The ministry of marriage is the foundation that represents Christ and His love for the Church (the Body of Christ). In this workshop, you will be equipped and empowered by God’s grace to fulfill one of the greatest ministries of all, ministry in our homes. Workshop participants will learn how: to bring balance and stability into their marital relationship; to keep the lines of communication open; and to recognize the “little foxes” that spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15).

11 am-12:15 pm
Peyton and Martha Gray

12:30-1:45 pm
Sherman and Precious Nelson

2-3:15 pm
Jendayo and Kellie Grady

Ministry to Children

9-10:15 am Guiding Children to Think Biblically
Landry Holmes (Lifeway)
Learning and thinking go hand-in-hand. We will discover activities to use with children that will help them think through Bible stories and make applications to their own lives.

11 am-12:15 pm Creating a Bible-Rich Environment for Children
Landry Holmes (Lifeway)
When children participate in Bible study, the Bible should take a prominent role in the teaching-learning environment. Let’s consider ways to create a Bible-rich experience in each Bible study session for children.

12:30-1:45 pm Choosing Kingdom-Focused Curriculum for Children
Landry Holmes (Lifeway)
You have a lot of needs and choices related to curriculum resources. We will discuss what to look for in curriculum, as well as how to evaluate and choose the curriculum that is right for your church.

2-3:15 pm How to Engage Children with a Christian Worldview
Beverly Carroll
What do you believe? What do children believe? This workshop will equip you with a strategy for training children to live in a world that is increasingly unchristian. Learn to build solid Biblical F.E.N.C.E.S. around children in your family and in the church.

Ministry to Men

9-10:15 am Essentials of Ministry to Men
Kris Dolberry (Lifeway)
Statistics tell us that when a man is reached, 93% of the time, the family follows. Yet, in many churches, ministry to men is nothing more than a pancake breakfast, a wild game dinner, and a Bible study thrown in for good measure. This workshop will practically explore the the essentials every church must build into its rhythms to start or strengthen its ministry to men.

11 am-12:15 pm Building Effective Groups for Men
Jack Eaton
In this session you will learn why men want to meet and the steps to building lasting groups. We will go over in detail, where to meet, the time frame and the rules that keep it alive!

12:30-1:45 pm Reaching Millennial Men
Kris Dolberry (Lifeway)
Much has been said about reaching the Millennial generation. Statistics show that millennial men are the least churched demographic in society. Drawing from years of experience pastoring congregations made up of a high percentage of millennials, Kris will offer practical expertise, share oft-made mistakes, and provide proven steps every church can take to improve your efforts in reaching millennial men.

2-3:15 pm Boot Camp for Men
Jack Eaton
Several years ago a group of men got together to meet one night a week. We will go over the evolution of this in detail and discuss how this can be easily replicated by using a simple model. If you have attempted to start or have been part of a group that did not last, then this is the session for you!

Men – Personal Growth

9-10:15 am Living Out of the Rut
Rex Tignor
If your vehicle has ever been stuck in a rut, you know how frustrating it can be. You move a few feet forward and then slip back again. Sometimes life is no different. We can get mired in ruts, which ultimately rob us of our God-given potential and destiny. In this equipping session, we will look at some helpful ways that will move us out of the ruts that rob us of all that God has planned for our lives.

11 am-12:15 pm The Disciple’s Path
Kris Dolberry (Lifeway)
If you focus on growing your church numerically you may or may not make disciples. But, if your focus is making disciples, you get church growth every time. This workshop will provide 4 essentials necessary for your church to offer a clear, discernable path of spiritual growth to Christians on the journey to becoming mature in Christ

12:30-1:45 pm Living Your Life to the Fullest
Rex Tignor
Do you feel like you’re “sleep-walking” through life? If so, you are not alone; sad to say, many will live and die never to experience all God has planned for their life. Satan wants you to live your life in a box, but God wants you to live a full life. In this equipping session, we will look at 5 W's that will help you live your life to the fullest.

2-3:15 pm Telling Your Story
Rex Tignor
I don’t mean where you grew up, went to school, got your first job, etc. I mean what’s your STORY? Your story deals with real life. Every day God is writing an amazing story called life, and your story can affect and often times inspire others to make a change in their life. In this equipping session, we will talk about how to develop your story and how to tell it under 2 minutes in a way that can impact the lives of others.

Ministry to Women

9-10:15 am Beginning a Women’s Ministry
Stephanie Edge (Lifeway)
Where do you start when God calls you to minister to women? Discuss important steps in planning and implementing a well-balanced ministry or revamping an existing ministry. Learn how women’s ministry can reach and disciple women for Christ as well as benefit the body of local believers.
9-10:15 am Baggage Claim (The Parable of the Mustard Seed, Part 1)
Erin Whitmer
The disciples carried baggage. Not toothbrushes and travel pillows, but deep baggage that comes with the human spirit. They believed in someone greater than themselves, and yet they struggled with all the hang-ups that we get snagged on: doubt, fear, and confusion of whether their senses were playing tricks on them. It shouldn’t surprise us then that the disciples’ hang-ups sometimes prevented them from accomplishing what they set out to do, including healing a young boy in the parable of the mustard seed. They had God walking in front of them and couldn't even muster up the faith of a mustard seed, so, you might think, what chance is there for the rest of us? In this session we'll unpack some of the baggage that keeps us from using our God-given gifts and accomplishing our God-given goals, while letting our own mustard seed faith take root.

11 am-12:15 pm Woman of Valor: Pray, Praise and Fight!
Cheryl Torain
This workshop will deal with women and their God-given role of influence. This influence is empowered by her relationship with Christ and her impact on the people in her sphere of life.
11 am-12:15 pm Mountain Mover (The Parable of the Mustard Seed, Part 2)
Erin Whitmer
Jesus tells us that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed we can move mountains. The faith is up to us; God moves the mountain. But what happens when God moves our mountain from one place to the next? The ground shifts beneath us. We might fall down or lose our perspective. While having a transformative faith can sometimes be painful as God shifts the land beneath our feet, the little earthquakes are part of God's plan for us. In this session we will discover how to recognize when God is moving your mountain and how you can stand firm in faith and trust God's movement in your life.
12:30-1:45 pm Torn Between Two Lovers
Cheryl Torain
The transformed woman versus the conformed woman: her choices have labeled her past, but they have not defined her future in Jesus Christ and the plans that He has for her.

12:30-1:45 pm Not on My Watch, I Got You!
Angelia Rowe Garner
The objective of this workshop is to reveal to women the intentional strategies that will result in the cultivation of REAL and HEALTHY sisterly relationships. #sistHERhood

2-3:15 pm Life on Life: Mentoring Women
Kathy Bruce
Do you have a heart to see women come to Christ and grow in their faith? In this session, you will be equipped with Scripture, ideas, resources and personal examples that will assist you In forging successful mentoring relationships with women that nurture a deep hunger for God by doing life together.

2-3:15 pm “I Won’t Take ‘No’ for an Answer!” How to Let Go When God Says “No!”
Michele Tapp Roseman
How do you explain the times when God’s answer is clearly a “no”? This workshop will offer women seven steps for handling the unexpected “no’” that God gives in response to our prayers. These specific steps are extracted from the word R-E-L-E-A-S-E and will be covered during the session.

Ministry to Young Adults

9-10:15 am Nurturing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
Thomas Brackeen
Many churches have not prepared young adults to take over when their ministry season is over. Learn how to become engaged as a young adult, to walk in your calling, and how to prepare a young adult to be your successor.

11 am-12:15 pm Ministering to a Sexually Charged Generation
Monique Johnson
The subject of sex has become taboo in the church but it’s at every millennial’s grasp. Learn how to maneuver through the pitfalls of sexuality that millennials face, some known and some unknown.

12:30-1:45 pm Am I Trending on Social Media?
Thomas Brackeen
Learn how to navigate and engage on social media to stay relevant within your ministry. Learn the positive trends that can help set up you and your ministry for success. (Bringing smart phones, tablets, laptops and other technology is encouraged for this session.)

2-3:15 pm Restoring Wholeness and Holiness to Millennials
Monique Johnson
Most young adults don’t come to church after the age of 18 because many feel they are not worthy of God’s love and fear being judged by the church for the mistakes that they have made. Learn how to be restored as a young adult and/or learn as a leader how to engage young adults with Christ’s love to win their soul back to the Kingdom.

Ministry to Youth

9-10:15 am Social Gospel

A social gospel refers to the idea that our Christian faith requires more than a personal conversion to salvation. The good news of the gospel becomes relevant only when we practice a lifestyle of responding to the needs of others. Learn practical ways to help your youth live out the Gospel, choosing to “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk.”

11 am-12:15 pm Social Justice

Social justice is the view that everyone deserves the same economic, political and social rights, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender or other characteristics. Participants will learn what God’s Word says about justice, how to help youth process anger about injustice, and practical ways to help them turn emotional responses into constructive action.

12:30-1:45 pm Social Media 101

Learn the basics of social media and how to use it as a tool in your youth ministry. Discuss appropriate boundaries when interacting with youth on social networking sites and apps.

2-3:15 pm Social Sanity

Help your youth learn to navigate the crazy worlds of middle school and high school without completely losing their minds. Help them understand what Christian faith looks like when dealing with bullies, teachers who don’t teach, neighborhood conflicts, and petty peers.

Missions and Outreach

9-10:15 am Local Missions: Building Relationships & Ministry in the Public School Realm
Bob Tome
For eleven years I have maintained a partnership with the York City School District. We serve in a professional setting during the instructional day and do a lot of Bible-focused programs during the non-instruction school day and weekend. You and your church can learn how to take this step.

11-12:15 pm When Helping Hurts
Dennis Washington

12:30-1:45 pm Local Missions
Bob Tome
Building community from the inside out is one way to reach into neighborhoods. The church can have a real presence in the lives of people. You will learn how to take practical steps in the community and become leaders that send a positive, Christ-centered message.

2-3:15 pm People Programs and Property
Bishop Dr. Cassandra Smith
Participants in this session will discuss nonprofit organizations, how to set them up, how to obtain 501(c)(3) status from the IRS, funding for programs, and more. You will learn how to effectively grow your ministry and how to involve the community through outreach programs.

Teaching Effectively and Creatively

9-10:15 am Teaching Strategies that Challenge and Transform
Darlene James
Participants will explore the use of Bloom’s taxonomy and object lessons to enhance the learning experience for their students which then leads to understanding that transforms behavior and develops discipleship.

11 am-12:15 pm Sharing Those Hard-to-Teach Bible Stories
Judy Kampia
Judy Kampia authored God's Great Book which includes unusual Bible Stores that are seldom taught. In this workshop, she will share hints and guidelines for sharing Bible stories that are difficult to understand or appreciate. This will help fellow teachers make even hard-to-teach stories more meaningful in our lives today. Examples, samples and activities will be included.


9-10:15 am So You Want to Be a Worship Leader?
Stevie Prather
This workshop will explore what worship is from a Biblical perspective. You will be provided with practical tips on how to effectively lead others in worship.

11 am-12:15 pm Louder Than
Clarissa Stroud Kemp
Based on her book by the same name, this author reminds us that worship art entails so much and how important it is to approach God with freshness, blessing Him with the creativity He gave us. We can tell Him this in our song, dance, design, tapestry and even photography! God is not limited, let’s stop limiting Him!

11 am-12:15 pm
Elwood and Betty Jones

11 am-12:15 pm
Elwood and Betty Jones

Youth Boot Camp

9-10:15 am Social Gospel

A social gospel refers to the idea that our Christian faith requires more than a personal conversion to salvation. The good news of the gospel becomes relevant only when we practice a lifestyle of responding to the needs of others. Participants will learn what it means to “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk.” #LoveGodLovePeople

10:30-11:45 am Social Justice

Social justice is the view that everyone deserves the same economic, political and social rights, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender or other characteristics. Participants will learn what God’s Word says about justice, how to process anger about injustice, and practical ways to turn emotional responses into constructive action. #OurLivesMatter

11:45 am-12:30 pm Lunch provided for youth boot camp participants

12:30-1:45 pm Social Media

With 1 Timothy 4:12 in mind, participants will discuss appropriate and inappropriate uses of social media. They will learn to determine if their social media use is a social media addiction and how to use social media as a tool for creating positive change. #BeAnExample

2-3:15 pm Social Sanity

Participants will learn to navigate the crazy worlds of middle school and high school without completely losing their minds. They will learn what living the Christian faith looks like when dealing with bullies, teachers who don’t teach, neighborhood conflicts, and petty peers. #ParentsJustDontUnderstand