One Story event to focus on making disciplesby Milton A. Hollifield, Jr.
For 67 years, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has conducted some outstanding statewide evangelism conferences. Large numbers of North Carolina Baptists have assembled to hear great music and powerful evangelistic sermons presented by some of the best preachers from across the nation. The intent was to provide pastors with fresh ideas they could use in motivating their church members to get involved in sharing Christ in their communities and in the market place.
I have been told (but not confirmed) that there was a day when more people attended the North Carolina Baptist State Evangelism Conference than the convention’s Annual Meeting. Through the years, much has changed and many of our friends, favorite preachers and gospel musicians who attended those conferences are now living in the presence of Christ in heaven.
This year, what was formerly called the State Evangelism Conference will be called the One Story Disciple-Making Conference. Throughout the New Testament, we frequently find Paul engaging with unbelievers and philosophers of his day through the use of stories. Often we see Paul listening to the stories of those he came in contact with, relating his story to theirs and ultimately sharing God’s story of redemption with them.
In this convention’s new strategy, which is called “Impacting Lostness through Disciple-Making,” we define disciple-making as evangelism that leads to conversion that continues with discipleship that results in disciples who make more disciples. Evangelism is the first step in making disciples, and this conference will help you reach unbelievers through your life story.
The date for this one-day conference is Monday, Feb. 23, and the location will be Center Grove Baptist Church in Clemmons, just west of Winston-Salem. The conference is being offered at no cost, but we do ask that you pre-register by Feb. 15.
The One Story Disciple-Making conference will feature a strong lineup of speakers, plus a number of breakout sessions designed to offer practical tips and ideas that you can use to make disciples in your everyday life. This year’s schedule also includes a women’s track featuring Lori McDaniel, Global Mission Catalyst with the International Mission Board.
Conference speakers Ed Stetzer, executive director of the LifeWay Research Division, Afshin Ziafat, lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, and Robby Gallaty, pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., will address the themes of “hear, connect and share” during their respective sessions.
Additionally, filmmaker Jon Erwin, who worked on recent faith-based films like October Baby and Mom’s Night Out, will speak about his current documentary project on the Jesus Movement of the 1960s and 70s.
I hope you will join us for the One Story Disciple-Making Conference to learn how your story can make a difference in a dark world. For more information about this conference or to register, visit disciplenc.org.
“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” – Colossians 4:6