Breakouts

Preconference Breakout

Wednesday - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

What if Memorizing Scripture Really Could Alter the Way You Feel and Think?

Led by Bill Gross, Director of Production Arts, Compassion Christian Church

Memorizing Scripture may seem unnecessary with all of the electronic Bible options at our fingertips. But what if hiding God’s Word in your soul could change how you feel and interact with others? What if it could change the very thing you struggle with most? We'll explore this time-tested approach to integrating God’s Word into the very nature of who you are.

Balancing Work and Family

Led by Jim Bolen, Care Ministry Pastor/Department Head, Compassion Christian Church

Busy, busy, busy! Everyone is so busy today. We are expected to fulfill responsibilities at work, home, school and church... and without getting stressed out! How are we expected to do that? Did Jesus say anything about it? Let's focus on the importance of a balanced life and learn some practical steps necessary to achieve it.

What If You Were More Than Your Work?

Led by Mike Frazier, Worship Arts Pastor/Department Head, Compassion Christian Church

We can find fulfillment and purpose even when ministry demands do not align with our expectations, hopes and dreams. We'll discuss strategies for staying true to God's work in you even when life starts to unravel. Learn how your identity in Christ can bring meaning to everything else and how to keep your focus as ministry gets more complex.

Love Like Jesus

Led by Harrison Huxford, Statesboro Campus Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

There are two words that define the love of Jesus. It was because Jesus was devoted to these two things that His love has been transforming different cultures and contexts for over 2,000 years. What our world needs is a group of radical followers who love like Jesus!

“Come and See” Ministry Observation Experiences

Wednesday - 6 p.m.

Want to see what a “regular” worship service looks like here at Compassion Christian? Our Wednesday evening service is the exact same service that our congregation experiences on the weekend.

High School Ministry

Led by Samuel Robinowich, Student Pastor/Team Leader

Middle School Ministry

Led by Dylan Daniels, Ministry Assistant to Middle School Ministry

Children's Ministry

Led by Rob Conatser, Children's Ministry Pastor/Team Leader

Production Arts

Led by Bill Gross, Director of Production Arts

Connections

Led by Victoria Stewart, Connections Coordinator

Regional Campus

Led by Ken Philbeck, East Campus Pastor

Breakout 1

Thursday - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Measuring Success in a Growing Church

Led by Greg Schuette, Connections Pastor/Team Leader, and Steve Curran, Life Groups Pastor/Team Leader, Compassion Christian Church

We live in high-speed world. We need to make decisions faster than ever before. What if you had a filter that made decisions easier? You can know if your church is winning. Join us as we walk through a practical method for measuring success.

Why Worship?

Led by Drew Humphreys, Worship Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

In our modern culture that changes daily, many churches and organizations constantly change the processes by which they implement and develop their uniqueness. We'll share why we worship the way we do and how we create holy worship gatherings that encourage people to deepen their relationship with Jesus despite culture and worship style shifts.

Perspective of Ministry from the Elders in the Local Church

Led by Harvey Bream, Executive Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

This is your opportunity to ask Compassion Christian’s elders anything. You’ll hear perspectives and input from a team of men who have been core leaders in our church for just a couple of years to over 25 years.

The Wonder Woman Workout

Led by Sarah Huxford, Women's Community Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

What if there was a workout plan that could get you in shape for handling all the demands of ministry? As women we often spin so many plates and wear so many hats that we feel like throwing our hands up and yelling “I’m not Wonder Woman!” But what if you were? Let’s discover how God wants to empower us for His work.

What if Short-Term Mission Trips Could Change Your Church?

Led by Dave Stewart, Global Outreach Pastor/Department Head, Compassion Christian Church

Are short-term mission teams effective? Wouldn't it be better to just send money? We'll address these concerns and explore making short-term trips about discipleship. What if your teams had an eternal, kingdom impact in the field? What if team members became the most devoted followers of Jesus in your church for the rest of the year?

How to Make a Monster Listen

Led by Bill McGee, Mens Ministry Pastor

Come hear about a church-wide initiative that we are doing to help better the lives of everyone that attends Compassion Christian.

Streaks & DMs: Discipling Students in a Social Media Culture

Led by Katie Kavanaugh, Student Ministries Discipleship Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

What if our students used technology to grow in their relationship with Christ rather than as a basis for making poor decisions? Social media and the internet are not going to go away, so let’s talk about how to challenge our students to use social media and the internet for good while understanding the pitfalls and potential for harm.

What Does Your Nursery Say About Your Church?

Led by Maggie Adkinson, Nursery Manager, Compassion Christian Church

The nursery is so much more than babysitting, but crying kids and protective parents often make it challenging. What if parents saw what you do each week as a ministry to them? How could God use you to set a spiritual foundation for each child from the very beginning?

Effective Communications: Using Today's Platforms to Reach the Widest Audience

Led by Esther Griffin, Director of Communications, Compassion Christian Church

Facebook. Instagram. Websites. Email. Texting. Push notifications. Apps. Oh my! Today's technology offers so many ways to reach so many people. Join us as we talk about ways we can use new communication platforms to share the best news ever!

The Do's and Don'ts of Leading a Multi-Generational Team

Led by Dave Allgire, Director of Regional Campuses, Compassion Christian Church

The most effective staffs and teams are made up of leaders from different age groups. Hear some practicable ways you can lead your team more proficiently and at the same time avoid preventable practices that often kill a team’s effectiveness.

Happily Ever After

Led by Ken Philbeck, East Campus Pastor, and Joleen Philbeck, Administrative Assistant to Facilities, Compassion Christian Church

Discover how pastors and church staff can model God-centered marriages for the people we serve.

Breakout 2

Thursday - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Creating a Dynamic Volunteer Culture

Led by Steve Angel, Associate Pastor to Care Ministry, Compassion Christian Church

Life-changing ministry revolves around committed “volunteers.” What if you had a church full of excited, sold-out, dependable, engaged individuals who were convinced they were serving in their kingdom niche? Come and explore how to make this happen.

Embracing the Messiness of Life Groups

Led by Steve Curran, Life Groups Pastor/Team Leader, Compassion Christian Church

Connecting people into small groups accelerates their spiritual growth. But what if we expanded our definition of a group? Everyone in your church is already in a group. What if people invited Jesus into their existing relationships? Join us as we discuss changing the way we view groups.

Helping Orient Your Elders and Deacons

Led by Cam Huxford, Senior Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

Most churches in America have fewer than 500 people. A number of spiritual and practical reasons keep churches from pushing beyond that 500 mark. We will discuss a number of steps you can take to enable your ministry to break through to the next level of ministry impact.

Elder One-on-Ones

Led by the elders of Compassion Christian Church

Do you need to talk through a tough issue? Do you have unique questions? Bring up to five of your elders or leaders to a session with one of our experienced leaders. (If these sessions are full, email Victoria at vstewart@compassionchristian.com to be added to the waiting list.)

What if Your Children’s Ministry Dream Team was Right Under Your Nose?

Led by Rob Conatser, Children's Ministry Pastor/Team Leader, Compassion Christian Church

There are never enough volunteers to make Children’s Ministry all it could be. But what if you could identify the unlikely heroes who are just sitting on the sidelines? Let’s get creative and discover who God has put right in your path to help save the day.

What if... We Finished Well?

Led by Jerry Harris, The Crossing

Information to come.

The Dos and Don’ts of Leadership at Multi-Site Churches

Led by Dave Allgire, Director of Regional Campuses, Compassion Christian Church

We have learned a lot of lessons in our journey with multiple locations. Hear about leadership mistakes we have made, problems we have overcome and practices we have in place that we wish we had implemented sooner.

Leading Through Ministry Turnover

Led by Harvey Bream, Executive Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

In a culture of constant change, it’s important that we understand how to effectively transition ministry without losing momentum. Gain perspective on how to do this from Compassion Christian’s regional campus pastors, department heads, Human Resources manager and executive pastor.

What if Your Church Could Change the Way Your Community Sees Jesus?

Led by Dave Stewart, Global Outreach Pastor/Department Head, Compassion Christian Church

Our culture is increasingly hostile to the Gospel and marked by social media fury, political turmoil and self-gratification. What if we defined what it means to be a Christ-follower for our communities? We decided to be strategic in the ways we're reaching our neighbors - locally and globally - and we'll discuss how God has mobilized our church to choose compassion.

Numbers: More Than Just a Book in the Bible.

Led by Greg Schuette, Connections Pastor/Team Leader, Compassion Christian Church

What if you knew who you were engaging with in your congregation? What if ministry strategies could be based on facts instead of assumptions? Come and learn how to use practical, easy tools to find the facts that will enable your church to reach more people more effectively.

The Power of Story: Using Stories of True Life Change to Draw People to Jesus

Led by Esther Griffin, Director of Communications, Compassion Christian Church

We believe stories about how Jesus has radically changed lives is one of the most compelling ways to show people the power of our Savior. Join us as we talk about all the ways we can capture and share real stories of real people experiencing the life-changing power of Jesus.

Using Social Media as if People Mattered

Led by Andrew Frazier, Online/Social Media Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

Social media is often used as a megaphone. Can we leverage it to connect with people in a personal way? Come to this conversation about social media and the future of church engagement.

Breakout 3

Friday - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Welcome Home: Creating an Exceptional Guest Experience

Led by Victoria Stewart, Connections Coordinator, Compassion Christian Church

What do your guests see, feel, hear and experience when they come through your doors? Do they walk away feeling excited to come back, or do they wonder if you were anticipating guests at all? We'll share some practical ways our Connections Ministry prepares to give guests a great experience.

Empower Your Brand to Grow the Kingdom

Led by Erin Sikes, Graphic Design Coordinator, Compassion Christian Church

Church leaders often don’t like the b-word. But your church has a brand, even if you ignore it. A brand is much more than a logo. It’s your identity; what people think about you. And it has a huge impact on who walks through your doors. Learn how to leverage your church’s identity to grow the kingdom.

Elder One-on-Ones

Led by the elders of Compassion Christian Church

Do you need to talk through a tough issue? Do you have unique questions? Bring up to five of your elders or leaders to a session with one of our experienced leaders. (If these sessions are full, email Victoria at vstewart@compassionchristian.com to be added to the waiting list.)

BREAKING THROUGH BARRIERS

Led by Cam Huxford, Senior Pastor, and panel, Compassion Christian Church

Most churches in America have fewer than 500 people. A number of spiritual and practical reasons keep churches from pushing beyond that 500 mark. We will discuss a number of steps you can take to enable your ministry to break through to the next level of ministry impact.

What if Your Church Could Change the Future of Your Community?

Led by Jason Koster, Outreach Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

Every church has the potential to bring about community transformation. As we've identified the “least of these” in our community, we’ve found an avenue that opens innumerable doors. Schools. Has God really been banned from your schools? Learn from teachers, administrators and church volunteers about how you can partner together to transform your community.

Homosexuality and Transgenderism in the Church: Compassion without Compromise

Led by Dave Allgire, Director of Regional Campuses

How does your church respond to people asking whether homosexuals or transgender people are welcome in your church? How can your church teach on these issues in the midst of a culture that's increasingly hostile around these issues? Get practical advice on how to show “compassion without compromise.”

Making Church a Priority in a Sports-First Culture

Led by Samuel Robinowich, Student Pastor/Team Leader, Compassion Christian Church

Generations are leaving the church because of the pressures and commitments of sports teams, recitals and other extracurricular activities. Join this conversation to hear how we make church a priority in the lives of students now so that they make it a priority as adults.

What if Sunday Really Was the Best Day of a Child's Week?

Led by Billy Whitaker, Children's Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

You know the kids we're talking about. The boy who thinks he’s too cool for school. Or the girl who just doesn’t care about church. The kids that check out as soon as they enter the parking lot. But God’s Word is engaging, relevant, fun and life-changing. What if you began to communicate that?

Strategically Aligning Your Ministry

Led by Jay Jones, Spiritual Growth Pastor/Department Head, Compassion Christian Church

Churches all have their own style and personality. Some are simple while others have a messier approach, and both might claim that their position is the right one! Let's explore the power of strategically aligning your ministries so that regardless of team diversity you are all pushing toward the same goals and objectives to achieve the most effective outcome.

Uniting Groups

Led by Steve Curran, Life Groups Pastor/Team Leader, Compassion Christian Church

What if your church understood their biggest win was to make disciples, not to add more people to a ministry? What would change if the mens, womens, couples and singles ministries were focused on the same goal? We'll discuss how to align the communities of your church around becoming better disciples.

What If Prayer was my Home?

Led by Mike Frazier, Worship Arts Pastor/Department Head, Compassion Christian Church

Scripture describes prayer as the place of communion with God, in essence, the experience of being with God. For most of us, however, this is not our reality. Join us as we consider ways to stop feeling guilty about our prayer lives and examine tools for taking steps toward a more interactive way of praying and being attentive to God.

What if the Church Embraced Jesus' Words about Disability?

Led by Ability Ministry

One billion people live with a disability. It affects 20% of your congregation. It should be no surprise that Jesus had strong words to say about disability and the role of the church. So what if your church was equipped to reach this important group? What if you could take your community impact to the next level by embracing Jesus’ words about disability?

Breakout 4

Friday - 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Awaken the “Sleeping Giants” in Your Church

Led by Bill McGee, Men's Community Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

"Sleeping giants" are everywhere. They are good men without a mission. Good men who shy away from taking steps of faith. Good men who are disconnected, living without a greater purpose in life. What if that could change? What if they woke up? What if they became connected to other giants?

Using the Calendar to Inspire Growth

Led by Rusty George, Real Life Church

Discover how to use the natural flow of the calendar to create seasons of momentum in the church.

Elder One-on-Ones

Led by the elders of Compassion Christian Church

Do you need to talk through a tough issue? Do you have unique questions? Bring up to five of your elders or leaders to a session with one of our experienced leaders. (If these sessions are full, email Victoria at vstewart@compassionchristian.com to be added to the waiting list.)

Talking to Students About Difficult Things

Led by Jon Smith, Middle School Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

Suicide, divorce, blended families, substance abuse - how we talk to students about these difficult topics matters. We'll discuss engaging students in hard conversations and giving them the tools they need to build a strong, lasting faith in an ever-changing world.

Ministry and the Art of Saying No

Led by Marcus Johnson, Effingham Campus Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

We all have great ideas to improve our ministries. We're inspired by books, podcasts and conferences or we come up with them ourselves. The problem is not a lack of ideas; it’s that we don’t have the time or resources to implement them! In order to pursue what's most important, we must be willing to say “no” not just to bad ideas, but even to good ones.

Finding Renewed Energy for Ministry

Led by Mike Frazier, Worship Arts Pastor/Team Leader, Compassion Christian Church

One of the most pressing issues in modern ministry is burnout. We'll examine the story of Elijah and consider some of the ways God walked him through the most difficult days of his ministry. We'll also share some of the steps our staff members have taken as they've confronted their own exhaustion and burnout.

Starting a Regional Campus from Scratch

Led by John-Mark Romans, Midway Campus Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

There is no "one size fits all" method to starting a regional campus. If you're considering launching a new site, come hear how God started our latest campus. We'll share the surprises, challenges, mistakes and successes we experienced.

Being Part of the Story God is Writing in the Families You Serve

Led by Michele Leekley, Children's Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

Families come in all shapes and sizes, each one important and with a unique story. How do you shape your ministry to meet all the different needs? God has an answer for every opportunity. Let's explore what He can do when we choose to serve and love these families wholeheartedly, leading them to the feet of Jesus.

Train Yourself Out of a Job: Empowering Volunteers to Lead the Ministry

Led by Bill Gross, Director of Production Arts, Compassion Christian Church

What if you weren’t needed every time a problem arose? What if you could focus on the big picture and let capable volunteers lead ministry and train other volunteers? Join us as we discuss practical steps for developing and empowering effective volunteer leadership teams.

Creating Worship Experiences

Led by Andrew Frazier, Online/Social Media Pastor, Compassion Christian Church

Some of our worship pastors will present an in-depth look at how we can create worship experiences that help lead people to a life-changing relationship with Jesus.

Navigating Through Changes in Ministry

Led by Jay Jones, Spiritual Growth Pastor/Department Head, Compassion Christian Church

Some have said that, “If you are not changing, you're not growing!” While there is truth in that statement, the reality is that change can be difficult both personally and organizationally. We've experienced significant change over the last few years and learned a lot on the journey. Hear some of the lessons learned, what we would do differently and what we would do again.