Greg Baird – @GregJBaird
“The Church is divinely designed to develop leaders through the discipleship process.”
Ephesians 4:12 “…to equip the saints for the work of ministry…” What does an equipped saint look like?
Are the few doing the ministry for the many? Or are the few equipping the many for the ministry?
Do new believers get called and sent into the mission upon conversion?
Ron Hunter – @ronhunter
“Disciples is not an event, it’s a way of life.”
“Isn’t it interesting what God can do with an hour if it is given unto him.”
Do my conversations connect influentially with my kids?
If our kids dressed in the armor of God the same way we do as parents, will they be protected?
“Our roles as ministry leaders is to help parents connect with their children.”
“Face to face is confrontational but shoulder to shoulder allows an atmosphere for tough topics.”
Christina Embree – @EmbreeChristina
“Discipleship at home was not about doing more but inviting Christ into what we were already doing.”
“Brushing your teeth can become discipleship. Parking far away can be discipleship. Hearing sirens can be discipleship.”
“The most ordinary thing becomes the sacred thing when Christ is in it.”
“Christ can take the most ordinary, mundane thing and make it sacred through His Holy Spirit.”
The Skit Guys – @skitguys
“The truth about the little ones we get, it’s God idea, and our responsibility.”
Dr. Gary Chapman – @DrGaryChapman
“As the family goes, so goes the nation.”
“The time to prepare for marriage is not after you get engaged, the time is now.”
Does this rule keep the kid from danger? Does it teach positive character trait? Does it protect property? Does it teach the child responsibility? Does it teach good manners?
“The question is not do you love your children. The question is do your children feel loved?”
What if my children turned out to be like me? What if they handle anger the way I handle anger? Love spouse how I love? Drive a car the way I drive? Work with the same ethic? Talk to others? Handle conflicts? Respond to drugs or alcohol? Same quality relationship with God? Handle money? Treat in-laws? Treat their children?
“Children are far more influenced by our model than our words.”
“You won’t have any problem with your children forgiving you if you’re willing to apologize.”
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 4
Dr. La Verne Tolbert – @drltolbert
Who is your most memorable teacher?
As we look to teach like Jesus, how do we exemplify the Christian character?
Do we have a relationship with those we are leading? Do we pay attention to their needs?
How well do we use the baptism and communion and the church calendar as teachable moments?
“Jesus was sensitive to time. Jesus had a scope and sequence to His teaching.”
Why is it that we only teach auditory?
“In John 3-4 Jesus ministers to Nicodemus and the woman at the well. The uttermost to the guttermost.”
“We must not be too busy that we cannot pray.”
“A church without children is a dying church.”
Dr. Richard Ross – @richardaross
1/2 of kids leave the church, but what about the 1/2 that stay. Why?
“If we pay attention to those who stayed, it might cause us to change the perspective of why we do what we do.”
“Spiritually lethargic parents create spiritually lethargic kids. Spiritually alive parents produce spiritually alive kids.”
“Teenagers who leave High School with little love for the bride will eventually wander away from the Groom.”
“The goal of family ministry is families who love God, love people, and make dimples of all nations.”
We tried replacing parents with the professionals for 60 years. So how’s that going?
“Those kids who stay [in church] come out of homes with moms and dads who are spiritually alive.”
Dr. Vern Bengtson –
“Data showed parents having substantial influence on their millennial children’s faith formation.”
“There are more years of shared lives between grandparents and grandchildren than any time before. Grandparents are influential.”
Should there be a singles group for 65 year olds? Widow support group? Session on facing death?
“Don’t forget the seniors. Most churches do.”
Candace Payne – @candacepayne
“Joy is a byproduct of a deeper work, hope.”
“May the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace that you may abound in all hope.
Jesus is our hope. It’s found in a person.”
“Stop doing ministry without God!
Stop working for God, without God.”
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11
“There is a beauty in only depending on what the spirit can do.”
“We’ve got places to be, and the first one is in His presence.”
Michael Bayne – @michael_bayne
“Why do pastors spend so much time day-dreaming about the future church and not focusing on their present church?”
“If your dreams for your future church are hijacking the passion for your current church, there might be a problem.”
“What God has entrusted you with is critically important.”
“You get no credit for the time you spend coveting another church.”
Have you ever seen God’s people not complain or the complain free church?
“Lead like you’ll be there forever because you are responsible forever.“
Dr. Eddie Moody – @EdwardEMoodyJr
“We need to prepare our kids for bad things, for the storms of life.”
Psalm 46 “When the mountains are moved into the heart of the sea.” “If God says He will be there in this time than we should expect this time to come.”
“In the U.S. 5% of kids will have one parent die before the age of 16.”
“Acting like pain and suffering doesn’t happen doesn’t serve our children well. Equip them. They can handle it.”
Dr. Timothy Paul Jones – @DrTimothyPJones
“If all you get is the kids, you won’t have the parents and then eventually you won’t have the kids either.”
“Provide every child a family in faith.”
“Make a phone call to say; thank you, can we pray for you, how can we pray for your child, and thank you!”
“You aren’t doing it for results, you are doing it because it’s right. Your goal is faithfulness. The results belong to God.”
Joshua Straub – @joshuastraub
“I made a conscious decision that the pattern of divorce in my family would stop with me.”
“I didn’t need to be the pastor of a megachurch to reach thousands of people. I just needed to be a parent.”
“Prayer doesn’t just change the generations that go after us. Prayer changes the generations that go before us.”
Michael Covington – @m_covington
Are you too comfortable in your church?
Are you lacking the results you desire from your message because the way you deliver it is too comfortable?
“Any ministry or organization that lacks a clear focus of message…may need to bring themselves back to that time when they were brand new.” Do you remember that time?
“The right tone at the right time is a grace delivery method.”
How can your words be gracious if they don’t have the right tone?
Kristie Christie – @kristievos
Why do we believe that happiness comes when we get more?
“College students today are about 40% lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago, as measured by standard tests of this personality trait.”
How do we teach kids empathy? “Talk to your kids about life being hard.”
“People matter more than things. Our entitlement is not setting us free.”
Why does it matter what you choose? “Allow kids to feel the consequences of their actions as we walk beside them. They can make a big difference and they can make a big hurt.”
Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell – @josh_mcdowell @Sean_McDowell
“When I started doing this…the dead sea was only sick.”
“God can use all of us regardless of our backgrounds.”
“If you really seek after truth, I believe you’ll find Jesus, ’cause he is truth”
“Don’t reject something because it’s the faith of your father. Reject something because it’s not true.”
“Pornography is the number one barrier to apologetics today.”
“The number one thing that causes a child to stay pure from sexual immorality was deep religious beliefs.”
“Rules without relationship leads to rejection.”
“Truth without relationships results in rejection.”
“Lord, never again, do I want to put my family before my ministry. My family is my first ministry.”
Why re-write this new book? “Truth never changes, but its critics do.”