A Scriptural Basis for the International Church from Acts (Rodney Woo)
Many believe that the 21st century is the closer to the 1st century than any other century since the beginning of the church. From the NT, the book of Acts is the only book in the NT that tracks the movement of the gospel from its place of origin, Jerusalem, to the capital of the Roman Empire. There is a possible new GPS system (global people system) as the church moves from a somewhat homogeneous Jerusalem church (especially in their mindset) to the internationally diverse Rome church. There are elements that we will discover from Acts that have direct parallels to the early church, especially in navigating the local church in a global direction, namely the global mission, global makeup and the global mindset.
Rodney Woo is Senior Pastor of the International Baptist Church in Singapore, a church with 54 different nations and 121 different ethnicities represented, where he has served for the past 5 years. Before his call to Singapore, he was a senior pastor in Houston, Texas, and a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Houston Baptist University and Liberty Baptist Seminary as an Assistant Professor. Rodney wrote The Color of Church: A Biblical and Practical Paradigm for Multiracial Churches. In this thought-provoking book, he establishes a biblical foundation for multiracial ministry, provides a clear picture of the current reality of the relationship amongst the races in our society and churches, and offers practical guidance to help implement multi-ethnic ministry. He takes the reader step-by-step through the multiracial transformation of a congregation.
Helping Families Who Are Struggling (Sandi Black)
Often the Lord opens doors for us to be a good listener to a hurting friend or acquaintance we know at church. But how do we know when just listening and praying is not enough? What are some signs that a person might need professional help? What can we do to help if a couple needs marriage counseling? How do we help with friends who are considering or going through a divorce? What about blended family problems? What are some good resources to share with hurting people who need more help than we can give them? Learn some of these skills so that you are ready and open to the Lord using you to minister to people all around who may be hurting and not knowing where to turn.
Sandi Black is a licensed professional counselor who works with teens, married couples, parents, and others in her counseling practice. She has written and led conferences for women, married couples, youth, parents, and youth leaders in the United States and Europe. She often speaks for women’s groups in churches. Sandi and her husband Wes are the proud parents of two grown children and one granddaughter. She is actively involved in the ministry to parents of teenagers at Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas.
Understanding & Parenting Teenagers (Wes Black)
Who can understand what’s going on inside the teenage brain? Will I ever survive the teenage years? How can I rebuild the heart connection and improve communication between my teen and me? These are just some of the questions we will deal with in this conference. If you are a parent or grandparent of a teen or preteen, or if you work with youth in a church, this conference is for you.
Wes Black is retired professor of student ministry and associate dean for PhD studies in the School of Church and Family Ministries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He now serves in retirement as the minister with legacy and senior adults at his church. He has written for and taught youth and youth leaders in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Philippines. He and his wife Sandi are the parents of two grown children and one granddaughter. He is actively involved in the ministry to parents of teenagers at Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas.
A Guided Tour of the Reformation (Paul Gritz)
How do events of 500 years ago have any relevance for today? Why has 1517 become an important date in 2017? Why did Lutherans oppose Roman Catholicism? Why did a second branch of Protestants develop? Why did forming churches on the pattern of the New Testament cause problems and result in persecution and martyrdom for its advocates? To find answers to these questions and more we will take a “guided tour” through the significant locations and individuals who shaped the Reformation. In three sessions we will explore the story of the Lutherans (die Evangelische Kirche), Reformed Protestants and Free Church folks.
Paul L. Gritz retired as Professor of Church History, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, after teaching for thirty-two years. Prior to seminary, he assisted the Governor of Oklahoma for two years on health and human services issues. Paul is a member of University Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, and also works in its mission congregation, Luz del Mundo. Their daughter, Lydia Ruth Whitley, and her husband, Taylor, serve on the staff of IBC Stuttgart.
The Rooftop (Dennis Pethers)
There is a vital need for Christians across the world to gain a passion and confidence to share their faith and make disciples of people who are beyond the walls of the church. This interactive seminar will introduce The Rooftop three-step evangelism and discipleship process and encourage you to see how you can equip the church to Join Jesus in His Mission! There will also be a focus on ‘The Rooftop 2020’ – a global Prayer Encounter on 10th October 2020 – www.therooftop.org
Dennis Pethers grew up in the East End of London in the UK and for the early part of his life knew nothing of church, Jesus or the Christian faith. He discovered the truth about Jesus while reading ‘Mere Christianity’ sitting on a train outside of London Liverpool Street Railway Station. Since coming to faith in Jesus, Dennis has always had a passion to see a global movement of evangelism. He says ‘The gospel is such good news- EVERYBODY needs to hear it. The tragedy is that most Christians lack the passion and confidence to share it’. Dennis is now the International Pioneer of ‘The Rooftop’, a global movement that is helping churches across the world to ‘Join Jesus in His mission’, engaging with and making disciples of people who are beyond the walls of the church.
Dennis spends much of his time travelling across the world speaking at conferences and events as well as equipping Christians and churches to communicate the message of Jesus in ways that makes sense to people who ‘don’t know that they don’t know Jesus’. Dennis is married to Lynn and they have three grown up children – Gregg, Scott and Amy. He is a passionate fan of Everton Football Club and loves to play tennis.