Speakers / Breakouts

J.D. Greear

J.D. Greear

J.D. Greear is the pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, NC and author of Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (2013) and Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (2011). Two main things characterize The Summit Church: its gospel focus and sending culture. J.D. has also led the Summit to further the kingdom of God by pursuing a bold vision to plant one thousand new churches by the year 2050. In the last ten years, the church has sent out more than 370 people to serve on church planting teams, both domestically and internationally. J.D. completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is also a faculty member. Having lived serving among Muslims, he has a burden to see them, as well as every nation on earth, come to know and love the salvation of God in Christ.

@JDGreear  |  J.D. Greear  |  The Summit Church

Session placement is subject to change. More sessions topics will be added soon including: lead pastors, pastors' wives, multi-site, church planting, evangelism, and communications.

 

Breakout Session 1

 

Creating a Healthy Staff Culture

Executive Leadership

Hiring, getting people in the right seat on the bus, building trust/relationships, investing in your staff, creating a culture of generosity, sending culture, etc.

Poised To Go: Local Outreach Creates People Who Live Sent

Explore how to design local outreach and community ministry to be a relationship-oriented, disciple-making ministry that prepares disciples to be sent to the ends of the earth.

Sending to the Ends of the Earth: Overseas Missions and Church Planting

Mobilizing the church for short-, mid-, and long-term missions and church planting amongst the nations in support of planting 1,000 churches in our generation.

Running the Weekend

Create dynamic weekend gatherings with effective communication by learning these best practices to synergize the efforts of your teaching team, campus pastors, worship leaders, and production teams.

Women's Ministry Redefined

If we as a church want to plant a thousand churches by 2050, we must take seriously the discipleship of our women. Fluffy theology and pink tea parties are no longer an option.

Missionaries Are Made in Community

Small Groups

This breakout seeks to clarify a commonly assumed but rarely developed pathway from community to mission in the local church.

Assimilation & Membership: Making Outsiders Insiders

What is essential (and what's not) for moving weekend guest into covenant community in the local church.

 

Lunch & Learns

 

Saints and Songs

Music Recording/Distribution

Practical Ways to create and distribute original recordings to your congregation.

Operations Roundtable

Which processes are working at your church? Where are you stuck? Join in a systems and logistics discussion with other ministry leaders led by our pastor of operational development.

Straightforward Communications and Marketing

A lunchtime conversation about marketing, promotion, multi-site communications, print and digital media support, and more. Bring your questions!

Production and Tech Panel

Spend time with some of the Summit's production directors and discuss how technology can be utilized to enhance your church's worship service.

Logos 6 Software: Delivering Insight

Explore the Word with confidence, discover fresh insights, and gain the tools you need to become a better student of the Word. This workshop, designed for both new and current users, will show you how Logos 6 simplifies your study process and helps you do hundreds of hours of research in minutes.

Breakout Session 2

 

Poised To Go: Local Outreach Creates People Who Live Sent

Explore how to design local outreach and community ministry to be a relationship-oriented, disciple-making ministry that prepares disciples to be sent to the ends of the earth.

How to Make Evangelism a Strength at Your Church

Does anything make people more excited and more scared at the same time than evangelism? In this session, we will be looking at what your people really need to be successful at sharing their faith.

Multi-Site 101

Whether you're thinking of going multi-site or have launched your first few campuses, we'll survey current practices and offer a robust Q&A.

Boiler Room

Prayer

Stoking the fire and mobilizing the church to pray as a source of power for the mission of the church.

It's Discipleship, Not Fundraising

Generosity

What we've learned building a Stewardship Ministry.

The Sermon Starts in the Parking Lot: Setting the Table for First-Time Guests

Connections/First Impressions

Most guests just need one good reason to give up on your church. Each weekend, your goal should be to eliminate those reasons by removing all distractions that take away from the gospel message.

GO NOW: How On-Campus Discipleship is Connected to the Global Mission of God

College Ministry

Recruit, assess, train, and send college students through the local church to the nations.

Becoming a Church Planting Church

North American Church Planting

How can your church become a church that plants churches? We’ll talk about everything from partnering with church planters to developing a church planting residency.

Breakout Session 3

 

Sending to the Ends of the Earth: Overseas Missions and Church Planting

Mobilizing the church for short-, mid-, and long-term missions and church planting amongst the nations in support of planting 1,000 churches in our generation.

Missionaries Are Made in Community

Small Groups

This breakout seeks to clarify a commonly assumed but rarely developed pathway from community to mission in the local church.

Multi-Site: Campus Pastors

Campus Pastor is a new role in the American church, but one of the fastest growing roles in the church a well. Come to this session and we will tell you what we have learned so far!

Not Sameness, but Oneness: Being a Multi-Cultural Church

Our most passionate desire and heart's cry is that Jesus's disciples in our church reflect those he has given us in our city. As missionaries to our city, we intentionally pursue people. We are determined that nothing will hinder us from making disciples - not language, not politics, not socio-economic status, not education, not age, and certainly not race.

6-4-3 Family Ministry: Creating Rhythm in Your Family Ministry (Kids and Student Ministry)

There's nothing quite as beautiful as watching a skilled infield turn a double play in a baseball game. But how does it work? It happens when multiple parts work together to produce a great product. Come and learn how your Kids, Middle and High School ministries can create rhythm and alignment to produce better disciples of Christ.

Worship for the Weekend

Hear from Summit Worship staff on the vision and values of worship leadership at The Summit Church, as a catalyst towards clarifying the values and vision for your church.

10 Keys to Ensure Caring Is Helping

Counseling

As churches get more involved in the hurting segments of their community, pastors need to become more skilled at helping members discern the line between helping and enabling.

Identifying and Developing Church Planters

North American Church Planting

How can your church develop a leadership pipeline that identifies and trains leaders to plant churches?