AND YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESSES
We have been called to the ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20) which requires believers as ambassadors for Christ to reach out and witness to God’s creation. As blood bought believers, our calling includes the continuing extension of Jesus’ ministry of calling sinners to repent and come into a loving relationship with their Creator God as all in Heaven are in a loving relationship with God. All of us who answered this call, must now realize that Jesus’ ministry is now our ministry, His mission our mission, His death our death and His resurrection our resurrection. We all have a salvation story to share that God can use to change someone's life to be reconciled to Him. And we have family members and encounter persons on a daily basis that need to surrender their lives to Jesus, a loving Savior that connects us to the loving Heavenly Father who is our Creator. This session seeks to encourage all believers to get excited about creating a Kingdom of Heaven Culture on earth right now by being a witness of the reality of a Loving Creator who wants to be in a loving relationship with all his human creation. Also it will equip believers in how to share their unique testimony.
Presenter:Rev. David L. Clark, Director of Ministries and Outreach, Glenn Dale, Reid Temple AME Church
GLOBAL EVANGELISM OUTREACH
Many persons have considered getting involved in overseas mission work. Whether their interest is in a short term or long term stay, members have wanted to discuss the requirements for getting involved. This session will review the various opportunities available for persons to participate in oversees missions. Presenter will specifically detail plans for various upcoming short-term mission trips. In addition, participants will be informed about the preparation, role and timeline that participants will need to adhere to.
Presenter: Bro. Anthony Cusack, Director of Global Evangelism Outreach
PROFESSION, PASSION and PURPOSE
The Bible says, "A person’s heart plans their way, but the Lord directs their steps." (Prov. 16:9 NKJV). In this session, participants will understand that who God made you to be can and should be the driving force behind your purpose. At times, your profession and passion will intersect. Sometimes we struggle to see how what we are doing professionally will ever have value in the church. For others, these areas co-exist independently in our lives. How do you find a balance? How do you distinguish between the three? Participants will learn what the Bible says about who you are in God, and how this truth helps you to live a purpose-driven life that honors Jesus Christ. This session will focus primarily on Millennials and others navigating their way in church and life.
Presenter: Sis. Gloria Johnson-Cusack, National Chair, Board of Trustees, United Cerebral Palsy
Over the last year as the Black Lives Matter Movement has strengthened and the Presidential Primary season has become more competitive there is even more heightened interest in the role of the church and church leaders in social change. The violent and tragic death of Reverend Clementa Pinckney and the other eight members at bible study in June 2015 catapult the African Methodist Episcopal Church back to the forefront of the conversation of the role of the Black Church in social action and justice reform. Bishop John Bryant, Senior Bishop, made clear that the events in at Mother Emmanuel AME Church was to the Wrong Church, Wrong People and Wrong Day. The statement is regarded as a very clear, yet simply worded call to action. An assertion of the determination of our church to live up to its commitment as an instrument of racial uplift, social justice and economic empowerment. In this session, the presenter will challenge believers to be more actively engaged in the issues affecting the communities and persons we serve. Participants will be encouraged to promote equitable treatment, and support efforts that push for fairness, equality, living wages, religious freedom, education and welfare reform. All these aspects will be addressed in light of the Scripture’s call for us to love our neighbors as ourselves. The objective is to move past simply building new facilities, and, more importantly, becoming active and relevant partners within our community.
Presenter: Rev. Stephen A. Green, National Director of the Youth and College Division of the NAACP
THE CALL TO SERVE
The strength of any championship teams rely on every player knowing, understanding and executing their role and responsibilities with excellence. The role of volunteers has always been critical to the success of churches. Finite resources and competing priorities limit the number of employees that most churches can hire to meet the needs of the ministry. A very well structured and well-managed volunteer program provides the needed resources to meet daily operating needs. Jesus made clear that the harvest is plentiful but many more were needed for the harvest. We believe that both the persons and the gifts and talents needed for the work fully exists and are available in our beloved community. A number of persons continue to struggle with where they should serve in ministry. Some believe they are called to be on the ministerial staff while others with gifts and talents are sitting down uncertain as to where they fit. Just as young Samuel kept hearing the voice of God but needed guidance from Eli. Indeed, it is our responsibility to guide believers to what, where and show them how to get involved in the work. This session will discuss the development and deployment of volunteers. This session’s focus is on hearing and answering the call to serve.
Presenter: Rev. Omari Hughes, Senior Pastor, Church of the Redeemer Baptist
This session will be a deep dive into organizational and ministry leadership skills as they are deployed in the church. . According to John Maxwell, everyone communicates but not everyone connects. Tony Dungy said his mother taught him, “It’s important to understand where your success comes from, and it comes from the Lord.” The participants will examine proven strategies to help people see vision clearly, agree on strategies to accomplish the vision and the role of a leader in impacting people to achieve the vision.
Presenter: Rev. Joseph Deck III, Minister to Men, Glenn Dale Reid Temple AME Church
AFTER THE MUSIC STOPS - YOUTH WORKER TRAINING
We are ministering to a generation of young people who are largely unchurched. Many have never read, yet alone owned, a bible. Some have never had a discussion at the dinner table with parents about Jesus Christ, salvation or the work of the Holy Spirit. As such, youth workers need to be equipped to understand the particular nuances of ministering in a culture of rapid technological change. Beliefs regarding personal piety, worship and dress are overshadowed by inquiries regarding obeying authority versus social justice, Christian liberty versus racism, and similar paradoxical issues. Also, today’s youth have fingertip access to information, and young people fact check information they hear in real time. This session will enable youth workers to minister in this post-modern society.
Presenter: Rev. Russell St. Bernard, Youth Minister, North, Reid Temple AME Church
BUILDING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
Humans were created to have relationships and live in community. The Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai speaks to how we are to live in healthy relationships with our God and in community with our brothers and sisters. All the commandments require no special exegesis because they mean exactly what they say. Jesus summed up the commandments in Matthew 22: 36-40, reminding us that our first relationship in love is with Him and the second is with our neighbor. Yet the landscape of human relationships is littered with betrayal, deception and conflict. Indeed, even in church believers are struggling to build loving, trusting relationships. This session will explore this issue in a very open dialogue the challenges Millennials and others face in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships based on the Scriptures. The facilitator will guide the conversation through steps that include personal self-evaluation, discernment, and grace that will help build and strengthen new and existing relationships.
Presenter: Sherrill McMillan, PhD Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Pastoral Counselor
ENTREPRENUERSHIP: BUILDING BUSINESS SUCCESS
One writer posits that “if we accept the description of faith presented in Hebrews 11(the evidence of things not seen) we can then better understand that entrepreneurship and all forms of capital investment are acts of faith”. This applies to every business, large or small. Indeed, every daily decision and resulting action on the part of a business owner is about seeing the unseen future. While there are multiple factors that ultimately contribute to success, meaning the generation of a profit, every business must operate with certain core values essential to position it to do so. This session will explore core values necessary for success in a for profit business enterprise. Presenter will communicate the necessity that the leader understands the responsibility of a clearly executed management strategy. This session will also focus on personal stewardship and provide thoughtful insight into each leader’s responsibility in living out their faith in their business.
Presenter: Bro. Brunson Cooper, CEO and Managing Director of Corenic Construction
CULTURE AND CHANGE
Growth itself inherently involves change. To properly manage change Pastors and their leadership must confront and navigate issues of church culture that prevent change. Whether it be relationships or church traditions, Kingdom building and expansion is impacted when visionary change and church culture intersect. Here at Reid Temple we believe that spiritually healthy churches grow and change. Since no church, including Reid Temple is perfect, no one should be surprised when the necessity of change results in a clash with the culture of the church. Unfortunately few churches clearly define what they mean by “culture,” and when they do they usually get it wrong. Sometimes, we forget why culture — when clearly defined — is so important, how it develops, directs, and how even the culture changes. Culture is made up of church norms of behavior and the underlying shared values that help keep those norms in place resulting in our growth. How we interact with each other has a lot to do with our relationship with God and is consistent with our understanding that Christianity is about our relationship with God. So if culture attempts to “eat vision for lunch”, and vision is from God, how then do we best describe our relationship with God and the mandate to go and make disciples? This session will explore recent changes in our culture, what factors have influenced that culture change, how we value our people and our history and some of what does NOT work in changing a culture.
Presenter: Rev. Matthew L. Watley, Executive Minister, Reid Temple AME Church