Ministry Leadership Conference:

25 to 29 March 2022

Dubrovnik, Croatia


We pray this will be an incredible time of refreshment, relaxation, and fellowship together.

You will have the opportunity to receive encouraging and challenging biblical teaching brought to us by Dr Gene Wilkes, President and Professor of New Testament and Leadership of BH Carroll Theological Institute. Gene embraces the Institute’s mission to “equip men and women called to serve Christ in the diverse and global ministries of his church.” He has authored several books, including Jesus On Leadership: Timeless Wisdom on Servant Leadership and A New Way of Living: Practicing the Beatitudes every day. Gene received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies and his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Greek.

Gene Wilkes served as Senior Pastor of Legacy Church, Plano, TX, for twenty-six years prior to coming to Carroll Institute. During his local church ministry, Legacy Church transitioned to become “a mission outpost where every member is a missionary in his or her mission field.”

Along with his teaching ministry, Gene has written for various publications on topics from biblical commentary and Bible studies to devotionals and church administration/leadership issues. He speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of servant leadership and as a Bible teacher. Some of the international sites include Mexico, Cuba, China, Vietnam, Albania, Greece, Russia, Canada, Portugal, Honduras, and Tanzania. He was the speaker at our Ministry Leadership Conference in 2015 and has taught several courses offered to the IBC through our partnership with BH Carroll Theological Institute. Gene loves the international church and is excited about joining us for this conference to encourage and equip us.

In addition, we are going to have a great variety of breakout sessions that will appeal to staff and volunteer leaders alike.

This conference is for pastors, their spouses, and all church leaders…anyone who would benefit from solid Christian teaching on leadership.

The program will start at 18:00 on Friday, 25 March, and finish with breakfast on Tuesday, 29 March. The MULTIPLY conference (church-planting) will take place on Tuesday morning and early afternoon.

Afternoons are free for sightseeing (one group tour will be provided).

Breakout Sessions

You will have a choice from a large selection of breakout sessions geared towards equipping staff and volunteer leaders in the international church context. Subject areas include: church leadership/leadership pipeline/multiplying leaders & ministries, marriage, worship, intercultural intelligence, children’s ministry, discipleship in the workplace, personal vision casting. 

These sessions will take place late morning, following the worship service, on Saturday, Sunday & Monday.


Dubrovnik is a beautiful city, rich with history. It has been described as the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’. The Old Town and its many sights (including the well-preserved city walls along which you can walk) is one of the top attractions. There are many other attractions in the area as well. You can read more about it here

A group tour is arranged for the Saturday afternoon along the coast to the old town of Ston. Sunday and Monday afternoons are free to do your own sightseeing. 

Multiply Conference

PLAN TO JOIN US for one day after the MLC! Come hear how you and your church can be a part of a Church Multiplication Network. The purpose of our IBC CMNs is to encourage, resource, facilitate, support, equip and challenge churches to start churches. CMNs are for EVERYONE…parent church leaders, church planters, church plant team members and anyone else with a desire to play a role in seeing churches multiplying more and more disciple-making churches. 

Start: 09:00  |  End: 13:00


The cost includes 4 nights accommodation with breakfast (Friday to Monday nights), dinner on Saturday evening, and a group tour on Saturday afternoon.

Scholarship* couple EUR 375
Scholarship* individual EUR 225
Full price couple EUR 610
Full price individual EUR 405

*max. two scholarships per IBC church, one for a staff couple/single, one for a volunteer leader couple/single, the number of scholarships is limited so please register early.


Royal Hotels & Resort

The Royal Hotels & Resort is situated in the Babin Kuk area of the Lapad peninsula, about 2 miles (3.8 kilometres) from the city centre. The Old town and one of the city’s best known street – Stradun can easily be reached by bus (bus routes 5 & 6). The bus station is located 300 m from the hotel.

If you are arriving from Dubrovnik Airport in Čilipi, 15 miles (25 kilometres) from the Resort, transport is possible by taxi, transfer service or bus lines.
Taxi: at the airport, cost approx. 300 kuna
Transfer service: Adriatic Explore, email: (up to 3 people 300 kuna/up to 8 people 340 kuna/up to 19 people 1,400 kuna – prices still to be confirmed).
Bus: take the bus into the city (approx. 45 kuna), get off at Pile Gate, take bus number 6 to the hotel. The bus stop is on the same side of the street as you got off the airport bus. The last stop is the Royal Hotels & Resort. Walk through the car park and along a path to the Royal Ariston Hotel reception. City bus ticket costs approx. 15 kuna.

EUR 1 = approx. 7 kuna

The resort hotels offer its guests premium accommodation with breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea, a unique culinary offer of local delicacies and many opportunities and activities to explore the beauties of Dubrovnik.

Up to 3 extra nights before/after the conference at the special rate of EUR 93 (double) / EUR 81.50 (single) can be reserved by emailing:  (mention IBC Conference)