Care for the Troops
Marcia Buck, FBC Augusta
“To care for those who have borne the battle, and their spouses, children and families.” CFTT is dedicated to the mental health care of our returning troops and their families; we provide information and training to families, clinicians, congregations, and community leaders, so that they become more aware of the culture, unique symptoms and issues faced by military families.
Marcia Buck moved from the Washington D.C. area in 1999 after she and husband retired. They joined First Baptist Augusta right away and immediately became active in many activities. She is an active deacon and a volunteer in the benevolence ministry where First Baptist Church of Augusta provides food and financial assistance to families in the area. Seven years ago, Marcia started a military ministry called Hearts For Heroes and will be speaking about this ministry.
Cooperative Student Fellowships: A Ministry for College Students
Daniel Elliott, Scott Lee, and Dan Stockum, CSF Campus Ministers
One of the most significant investments made by CBF of Georgia is in developing young Baptist leaders. Come and hear what is happening on the campuses of UGA, Georgia Tech and Mercer University through our Cooperative Student Fellowship organizations.
Daniel Elliott is the Cooperative Student Fellowship Campus Minister at Mercer University. He was a religion major at Carson Newman College and is now a McAfee Seminary student. Scott Lee is the Cooperative Student Fellowship Campus Minister at UGA. Scott has degrees from Southern Polytechnic State University, McAfee School of Theology, and Auburn University. Dan Stockum is the Cooperative Student Fellowship Campus Minister at Georgia Tech. He has a bachelors degree from Georgia Tech and a master of divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School.
Harry Rowland, Missional Church Engagement Specialist at CBF/National
Dawnings is a process that offers to help your church see the world and your ministry within it with fresh clarity and purpose. Rather than offering a new program to try, Dawnings helps your congregation develop skills that can transform how your church focuses its ministry and missions efforts. As your church participates in Dawnings, it will enter into three processes: Visioning, Forming and Engaging.
Designs for the Church in the Gospel of Mark
Alan Culpepper, dean of McAfee School of Theology
In this session we will look closely at selected passages in Mark to explore what they have to say about what it means to be the church. At the same time that Mark tells us about Jesus it also interprets Jesus and his teachings for the early church, providing guidance, a blueprint, or better, “designs” for the early church—and for us!
Alan Culpepper taught New Testament at Southern Baptist Theological seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, prior to becoming the founding dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in 1995. His commentary on the Gospel of Mark was published in the Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary Series (2007). In 2002, Mercer University Press published Alan’s biography of his father, Eternity as a Sunrise: The Life of Hugo H. Culpepper, which chronicles this father’s life and thought through his career as a missionary, prisoner of war, and professor of missions and world religions.
God’s Good Creation Gone Awry: How the Environment Affects Poverty
Darrell Smith, executive director of Global Environmental Relief
Global Environmental Relief provides a Christian witness as we work together with the poor, the marginalized, and the powerless to find solutions to their environmental challenges.
Darrell Smith is executive director/senior environmental scientist at Global Environmental Relief. He is an environmental scientist who has lived and worked in developing countries for almost half his working career. Darrell’s time spent observing and studying nature has made him acutely aware of how countless people in the developing world suffer from an inhospitable environment where they live—often through the excesses of others—but without the resources they need to improve their condition. These observations, as well as Darrell’s commitment to follow Jesus’ example of ministry, have given him a passion to find solutions to environmental challenges on behalf of the poor, marginalized, and powerless.
Jigsaw Puzzles or Legos?
Tommy Deal, CBF/GA Disaster Response Coordinator
This meeting will challenge participants to prepare their homes and churches for the possibility that their lives may be changed forever by a natural or man-made disaster. Discussion will focus on how, together, we can be vessels of Christ’s light to folks experiencing a dark period of life. Tommy Deal, disaster response coordinator for CBF/GA, will lead this session. A CBF/GA community response trailer will be available for participants to explore onsite.
Tommy Deal served for seven years as the associate coordinator of CBF/FL. He led CBF/FL disaster response in Florida, the Bahamas, St. Lucia, and the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina. In addition, he coordinated CBF’s response of collecting and shipping medical supplies to Haiti after the recent deadly earthquake. Tommy led CBF/FL to be a recognized player among other faith-based response organizations as a member and leader of local and state VOADs (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters). He has been a trained firefighter, an EMT, and a chaplain of fire and police departments.
Nurturing Faith: New Resources for Intelligent, Inspirational Group Bible Study
Lex Horton, Ben McDade, and John Pierce, Nurturing Faith
Nurturing Faith is an expanding and collaborating publishing venture of Baptists Today that provides the Nurturing Faith Bible Studies by Tony Cartledge along with books and other resources. Come learn about what is available now and help shape what is to come.
Lex Horton is manager of Nurturing Faith books and a marketing associate for Baptists Today. Ben McDade is executive vice-president of Baptists Today and Nurturing Faith. John Pierce is executive editor of Baptists Today and publisher of Nurturing Faith, Inc.
Social Media for Churches: More than Just Facebook
Susan Codone, professor of technical communications, Mercer University
This workshop will equip you with strategies for using Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for ministry and explain social media management tools like Buffer, Hootsuite, and Tweetdeck. You will learn how to use these common social media applications for evangelical, missional, and informational purposes. Every church has two audiences; an inward, or membership-focused, and an outward, or seeker-focused. Churches integrating social media for both audiences have a much better response rate and are able to communicate information to a wider audience. Social media has a multiplication effect because of sharing capabilities; one status update on Facebook will immediately reach all Facebook followers of the church, but then can be shared by individuals, multiplying the impact of the post. At the end of the workshop, you will have a plan for using and managing social media for your church.
Susan Codone is an associate professor of technical communication in the School of Engineering at Mercer University in Macon. Susan’s research focuses on the intersection of technology and church life, and she is particularly interested in learning how churches can use social media to nudge the Kingdom forward.