provides opportunities for ministers to discover new ideas and meet others who are also in vocational ministry. The conference combines worship and small group time into a setting where ministers deepen their understanding of their ministry and how it relates to their church environment. Whether you serve in a traditional church setting or create aspects of church in non-traditional settings, come for a time of networking, renewal, fellowship and learning. The event is designed for young leaders and Christian educators of all ages. This conference is sponsored by Current
, CBF's network of young leaders, and CBF's Missional Congregations Initiative
Mark Wingfield, associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, will present on his study and observation of thriving traditional church as outlined in his book Staying Alive: Why the Conventional Wisdom about Traditional Churches is Wrong
Kenda Creasy Dean
is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. She is author of several books, including The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry
with Andrew Root (InterVarsity Press, 2011); Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church
(Oxford, 2010); OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook
,editor/co-author (Abingdon, 2010); and The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul-Tending for Youth Ministry
with Ron Foster (Upper Room, revised ed. 2010; first ed. 1998; Korean translation 2006; Chinese translation 2001).
Entertainment and inspiration:
Performing artist Al Staggs
will add to our times of worship through his portrayal of modern-day prophets. He will also lead us throughout the conference with his comedic impressions, reminding us of the importance of humor in aiding spiritual, emotional and physical health.
Each year at the ChurchWorks Conference, two Fellowship Baptists are recognized with the following awards. To nominate someone for the awards, contact Devita Parnell
: February 7, 2013
Young Baptist Leadership Award
The award is presented annually to a young Baptist, clergy or congregational leader, who represents a growing interaction with and support of the Fellowship. This person has a demonstrated ministry to peers and colleagues of every generation. The recipient has also engaged the Fellowship in leadership and servanthood. The award is given to affirm the recipient, to encourage the younger generation of Fellowship Baptists, and to excite the continued interaction among the generations.
Jack Naish Distinguished Christian Educator Award
Jack Naish was a lifelong learner and career Minister of Education. Even in retirement Naish continued to teach, share and challenge adult learners and ministers. Naish’s long and distinguished career saw him active in church and denominational life, being recognized by his peers in the Baptist Association of Christian Educators for outstanding leadership and achievement. He was the long-time Minister of Education at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta.
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