Speakers

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J.D. Greear

Lead Pastor
The Summit Church
Durham, NC

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Duce Branch

Assistant Professor of Preaching and Bible
The College at Southeastern
Wake Forest, NC

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Donovan Beadle

Conference worship leader.

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Danny Akin

President
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, NC

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Tony Merida

Pastor of Teaching and Vision
Imago Dei Church
Raleigh, NC

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Eli Byrd

Conference Emcee

 
 

Breakout Sessions

 

SEEING GREEN: HOW THE BIBLE INSTRUCTS US TO CARE FOR THE EARTH
Jake Hatfield

A FRANK CONVERSATION ABOUT PORNOGRAPHY AND DISCIPLING PEOPLE TO FREEDOM
Scott Hildreth

SUICIDE AND THE GOSPEL
Carson Cobb

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF ART AS A CHRISTIAN?
Chad Burchett

LEADING WORSHIP AS THE LEAD WORSHIPPER

Donovan Beadle

HOW TO SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS
Ronjour Locke

SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH PEOPLE OF OTHER FAITHS
Zac Lyons

SEEING JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
Jesse Parker

DATING AND RELATIONSHIPS TO THE GLORY OF GOD
Sean and Adrienne Robinson

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION AS A CHRISTIAN
John Chapman

LONELINESS AND COMMUNITY
Julia Bickley

UNDERSTANDING SAME SEX ATTRACTION AND GENDER DYSPHORIA
Gene Burrus

SOCIAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY: IS IT GOOD?
Trea Brinson

HOW DO WE ENGAGE JUSTICE AND OUR CITY AS STUDENTS?
Luke Hinson

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A JUSTICE ADVOCATE?
Stephen and Christy Britton

CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION: RACIAL RECONCILIATION
Courtlandt Perkins

FATHER TO THE FATHERLESS: HOW GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER BROKEN FAMILIES

Nigel “Legin” Anderson

HOW YOUR PHONE IS CHANGING YOU
Trevor King

TRAINING STUDENT PASTORS

Scott Pace

Breakout Descriptions

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here’s a look at what you can expect at some of this year’s breakout sessions…

A FRANK CONVERSATION ABOUT PORNOGRAPHY AND DISCIPLING PEOPLE TO FREEDOM

Pornography is a plague on the church and our society. In this session we will talk about the problems porn creates for users and those closest to them. We will also talk about how to break free or help others break free from the bondage of pornography.

HOW YOUR PHONE IS CHANGING YOU

When’s the last time you checked your phone? For most of us, we check it so much throughout the day that it’s basically become part of us. But what does it really mean to connect with the world? Are our phones—and all that connectedness—making us better friends, neighbors, and disciples?

SEEING GREEN: HOW THE BIBLE INSTRUCTS US TO CARE FOR THE EARTH

How should Christians think about earth care? In this session, we will seek to explore a biblical view of earth care and its connection to us, God's Image Bearers. To find answers, we will explore this topic through biblical themes of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Come with questions and be ready for some great discussion!

UNDERSTANDING SAME-SEX ATTRACTION AND GENDER DYSPHORIA

In this session, we'll discuss the experiences that inform LGBT+ identities. We'll also consider how to apply Scripture to sexual identity and gender identity. Finally, we'll explore how to engage the LGBT+ community as a people group.

LEADING WORSHIP AS THE LEAD WORSHIPPER

Being a great worship leader doesn't primarily require excellent musicianship, charisma or leadership ability.  While those things are important and even necessary in most cases for a worship leader, the most vital ingredient is worship.  In this breakout we will press into this reality and discuss what it takes to not only be a great worship leader, but more importantly a faithful one.

SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH PEOPLE OF OTHER FAITHS

We live in a world where we sit next to a Muslim friend in class, live across the way from a Hindu, or work at a coffee shop with a Buddhist. God is bringing unreached peoples from around the world to be our new neighbors, and we need to be prepared to share the gospel with them! In this session, we will learn together how to take one gospeling tool and adapt it to share with people from several world religions.

LONLINESS AND COMMUNITY

Loneliness brings feelings of sadness and isolation, and is an experience all Christians have faced at some point in life. Come hear more about overcoming loneliness, and how Jesus and the people of God meet our deep need for companionship.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A JUSTICE ADVOCATE

God is described in Scripture as a God of justice. As a result of God’s character, His people must be concerned with seeking justice in an unjust world. A major component of seeking justice is advocacy, specifically advocating for the oppressed, the voiceless, the orphan, the widow and refugee.

SEEING JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Come engage in a delightful study that traces the Images, Promises and Prophecies of Christ throughout the Old Testament. This breakout session is designed to show the way that the Old Testament pours into the narrative of Jesus, giving life to our understanding of Christ in the New Testament.

SUICIDE AND THE GOSPEL

There is nothing more isolating than the struggle with suicidal thoughts and feelings. There is nothing more heartbreaking than the loss of a loved one to suicide. With the troubling increase of suicide in our culture, how are we to navigate this bleak horizon? This breakout will explore how the truth of our identity in Christ brings hope to the darkest corners and deepest wounds of our hearts.

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF ART AS A CHRISTIAN?

Have you ever wondered what role art plays in the life of the Christian? In this session, participants will discuss how to view art within a Christian framework, how to integrate art into the rhythms of a godward life, and how to call forth beauty out of brokenness through traditional art forms or the artistry of a well-lived life.