Powerful workshops, speakers at fourth annual Church Ministries Conference

Powerful workshops, speakers at fourth annual Church Ministries Conference

Nearly four dozen workshops and more than two dozen speakers are featured at BBC&S' 2011 Church Ministries Conference, an annual event that draws hundreds of attendees to the Clarks Summit, PA, campus.

The two-day conference will be held Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16. The sessions and other opportunities will enhance the ministry and leadership of anyone serving in a local church.

CMCWorkshops during the fourth annual conference focus on children, youth, adult, general, and outreach ministries, and more. Topics range from strategic planning and managing a classroom to storytelling and prayer.

Learn more about the conference and register online at

Special Keynote Speaker
Dr. Tony Beckett, the 2011 keynote speaker, serves as Vice President of Church Relations and Member Care at the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. His ministry experience includes serving churches in Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, speaking at Bible conferences, serving as an adjunct faculty member at two seminaries, and working with mission agencies, camps and church leadership councils.

Tony is the former Associate Bible Teacher for the international media ministry, Back to the Bible, of Lincoln, NE, and has served as Chaplain for the AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. He is the author of "Real Life, Real Worship" and "God is Good," and co-author of three Bible study guides with Dr. Gene Getz and a daily devotional, "Faith Walk."

His ministry has been characterized by insightful communication of God's Word and promotion of worldwide evangelism through missions. For nearly 19 years he has been a member of the board of ABWE, serving as the chairman of ABWE North America and the Doctrine Committee.

New Special Youth Ministries Track
For the first time, the conference features a special Youth Ministries Track, the result of a partnership with Vision for Youth and Pilgrimage Educational Resources.

Veteran BBC educators, including Dwight Peterson, Glenn Amos, and Dennis Wilhite, join with BBC alums Mel Walker, Chris Brown, and Ben Wilhite in leading important dicussions on being intentional about spiritual skill development in student ministry.

"Reaching "millennials" is not only a strategic ingredient of church ministry, it is also vitally important to impact this generation now so they'll live faithfully for God in the future," said Glenn, who leads BBC's annual Teen Leadership Conference.

Pastors, youth pastors, youth workers, parents, and youth ministry students will benefit greatly.

Targeted Sessions
Speakers include ministry veterans from academia, church and other ministry organizations, administration, and the pastorate. Workshops are geared toward anyone involved in church work and volunteering. This includes teachers, greeters, counselors, youth leaders and seniors.

Workshop sessions feature tools, ideas and lessons applicable to all church ministries. The sessions are designed to be highly interactive to meet unique needs and situations faced by those in attendance. Topics include growing effective group leadership, improving outreach efforts, strengthening youth ministries, and more.

Over 300 pastors and church workers attended the first three Church Ministries Conference events in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Nearly 50 churches were represented.

Registration is open
Registration is just $40 for the entire conference and $30 for Saturday only. Students may register for $10.

The fee includes complementary beverages and lunch, all main sessions and workshops, and opportunities to view and purchase new resources from exhibitors.

Online registration and other details are available at For questions, contact 570.585.9361 or

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to learn and serve with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 3/17/2011 11:45:57 AM

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