2022 National Disciple Leaders Online Conference Portal

The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while.

1 Peter 5:10, CSB

Thursday, April 21

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All times are CST. All meetings are delivered via Zoom.

9:00 a.m. (CST) – Rhythm of the Soul & Relationships

Ben Mandrell, president of Lifeway Christian Resources and his wife Lynley Mandrell will  be joined by Scott McConnell, Executive Director of Lifeway Research, as they speak to the issues of and possible solutions for maintaining healthy rhythms, both personally and relationally, as church leaders.

10:45 a.m. (CST) – Rhythm of Groups

Ken Braddy, Director of Sunday School for Lifeway Christian Resources will be joined by Scott McConnell, Executive Director of Lifeway Research, as they offer insight and solutions that will help establish new and healthy rhythms for groups. Learn what others are experiencing and implemening in order to effectively position groups for disciplemaking.


Take a break, grab some lunch and join us back at 12:30 p.m. CST

12:30 p.m. (CST) – Rhythm of Leadership

Meredith King, Executive Director of Integrus Leadership, will provide insights into how to develop new and healthy leadership rhythms that will enable you thrive as a leader. You will also be given a glimpse into the future of the Disciple Leaders Network and hear from Dr. Willie McLaurin, Interim President and CEO for the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.

2:15 pm WORKSHOP (Choose One)

Breathing Life Into Sunday School

Sunday School is a vital ministry for most churches, yet many struggle unnecessarily to have health and vitality. Discover 12 essentials that will help churches of all sizes reinvigorate their most important ministry. If your Sunday School is on life support, let’s breathe new life into it!

Leader: Ken Braddy, Director of Sunday School, Lifeway Christian Resources

The Rhythm of Giving

Have you ever considered making regular contributions to God’s Kingdom until Christ returns? Yes, this is possible when you develop a Kingdom focused estate plan. Discover practical steps on how to do this personally and how to disciple church members to develop a new rhythm of giving.

Leader: Tod Tanner, Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Tennessee Baptist Foundation

Building a Culture of Disciplemaking

What really changes the culture of discipleship in a church? A program? A pastor? Curriculum? Only when we change the culture of disciplemaking in our church will we see our church make disciples.

Leader: PJ Dunn, Discipleship Consultant, Georgia Baptist Mission Board

The New Rhythm of Technology for Disciplemaking

In this workshop we’ll look at the current and future use of church management software as the digital platform helping churches reach people far from God and connecting, equiping, and mobilizing them for ministry.

Leader: Boyd Pelley, Co-Founder, Church Teams

No “Chance” Meetings: Recognizing God’s Work of Disciplemaking

What if you and your church recognized every encounter as a potential “divine appointment” for discipleship? Learn how to lead your church to recogize and respond to disciplemaking opportunities God places in their paths.

Leader: Robert Mullins, Pastor, Crossroads Community Church, Elmore, AL and Founder/CEO of PassionTree Network.

The Art of Questioning for Leading a Church

In the church and all of life, we are asking the wrong questions. To get to the right answers, should we not change the way we ask questions? In this workshop we’ll look at the purpose, nature, and proper development of questions, and you’ll learn how to use the funnel approach to narrow responses to the one best answer.

Leader: George Yates, SonC.A.R.E. Ministries

What’s That Your’re Feeling? Signs of Compassion Fatigue

While the past couple of years were difficult for most everyone, there were unique challenges for ministers. We surveyed ministers about their experiences leading the church during the pandemic. We will present the results from what we found. A discussion will follow about the crossroads between what you may be feeling and the initial findings of this work.

Leaders: Amy Benton, Associate Professor, Samford University and Angela Girdley, Doctoral Faculty Manager, Grand Canyon University

Reframining Your Small Group Ministry (Repeats @ 3:15)

Principles don’t change; methods do. In this workshop, we will look at key questions that will help you adapt and “reframe” your small group ministry to our changing culture.

Leaders: Sean Keith, Sunday School/Discipleship Strategist, Louisiana Baptist Convention

3:15 pm WORKSHOPS (Choose One)

Reframining Your Small Group Ministry (Repeats @ 2:15)

Principles don’t change; methods do. In this workshop, we will look at key questions that will help you adapt and “reframe” your small group ministry to our changing culture.

Leaders: Sean Keith, Sunday School/Discipleship Strategist, Louisiana Baptist Convention

How to Prevent, Treat, and Recover from Ministry Burnout

Author Christopher Ash asserts that, “It is worth remembering that none of us thinks we are on the path to burnout until we are nearly burnt out; it is precisely those of us who are sure we are safe, who are most in danger.” Discover ways not only to identify the warning signs of burnout, but how to respond when we find ourselves empty and unable to recover.

Leaders: Nick Mobley, Family & Discipleship Pastor, Northside Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN

Vision: You’ve Got to Have it for a New Season of Ministry

We’ve been in survival mode both personally and in ministry for far too long. It’s time to have a fresh vision. Let’s find a new rhythm by creating a clear, challenging, compelling picture of what God wants for you as a leader and for your ministry.

Leaders: Stephanie Newton, Director of Education, Eden Westside Baptist Church, Pell City, AL

Leading with Influence: Leveraging Your Highest Potential as a Leader

Discover principles of leadership that move you from being a leader who lives comfortably within a stable culture to a leader of influence and change. During this session we will examine the principles that helps you make the shift from managing to leading.

Leaders: Bert Ross, Channel Partner with Ken Blanchard and Certified Coach

Building a Culture of Generosity

Learn how to build and grow a generous church culture.

Leaders: Drew Landrum, Vice President of Client Success, Secure Give

Inspiring Your Teachers

Do you struggle with knowing what to do to inspire your Bible study group leaders and teachers when you meet with them? Learn how to use the new resource, The Inspired Teacher, by Allan Taylor, to inspire your teachers to greater excellence as they lead their Bible study groups.

Leaders: Allan Taylor, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Concord, Knoxville, TN

How to Spark and Perpetuate Disciplemaking Longevity

If culture is created by a clear set of values, what are the values needed for Disciplemaking to be more than a fad in your context?

Leaders: Spencer Plumlee, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Mansfield, TX

How to Create One New Adult Campus Group that will Reinvent Your Entire Church

One new adult campus group can be the catalyst to reach new people and lead the way for your church to focus on evangelism, ministry and discipleship. This ministry model creates a new adult small group organization, which runs parallel to your existing organization. The new group will reproduce itself within 1-2 years. Based on timeless principles and years of success in many churches, this plan can be implemented in any size church.

Leaders: Topper Reid, Church Strategist and Coach

4:15 p.m. (CST) – Finding Your Rhythm Again

Bruce Raley, Senior Associate Pastor of First Baptist, Hendersonville, TN will close the day by offering you some steps and encouraging words that will help you continue to move forward with a new and fresh outlook on all God can do through you as you continue to equip the church to make disciples.


Thanks to our worship leaders, Jonathan & Emily Martin and our emcee, Nick Person!

Nick Person serves as the Teaching and Next Steps Pastor at New Vision, Murfreesboro, TN. He has had the privilege of being in full-time ministry for more than twenty years and is still learning. The best thing he gets to do is to be a son of the King, a husband to Laura for more than sixteen years, and a dad.

Jonathan & Emily are singer-songwriters and worship leaders from Nashville, TN. They have a passion for creating music rooted in and filled with the Word as a powerful resource for personal and corporate worship, family worship, scripture memory, and everyday encouragement in the lives of believers.

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