Breakout Sessions

Tuesday Oct, 19
1:30pm – 3:00pm

WA-01: Featured: Organic Outreach for Ordinary People 

Kevin Harney, Shoreline Church

How do we mobilize 100% of Christians to naturally share the story and goodness of Jesus when around 95% of believers feel uncomfortable talking about their faith?  How do we equip ordinary Christians to share the love, grace, and truth of Jesus in ways that don’t freak out non-believers? Is it possible to equip a whole congregation (young and old) to fulfill the great commission and make disciples of all nations?  Join Kevin Harney (The founder and Visionary leader of Organic Outreach International) as he walks you through ten ways any and every Christian can share their faith in natural and organic ways.

Rev. Dr. Kevin Harney is the Lead Pastor of Shoreline Church in Monterey, CA, the Co-Founder and Visionary Leader of Organic Outreach International, a speaker, and

A-02: Lead Pastors: Building an Evangelistic Church Culture 

Rick Richardson, Wheaton College, and Michael Henderson, New Beginnings Church

Lead pastors face a huge challenge in leading evangelism well in their churches.  They juggle so many balls and must push so many priorities down the field, that they often fall into mission drift themselves in their personal lives and struggle to know how best to ignite their people in evangelism without producing guilt or discouragement. In this interactive session you will learn and discuss:

  • Proven ways to recapture your own evangelism passion as a pastor
  • Steps and tools for igniting all your people, starting with your leaders, into evangelism engagement and fruitfulness.
  • Keys to making your church much more deeply hospitable and effective with unchurched people.
  • Practical tips for preaching well to believers while still effectively addressing those who don’t know Christ yet
  • Stories of senior pastors who have seen their church turn around and become vibrant in evangelism  

Rick Richardson is Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and directs the Church Evangelism and Research Institutes for the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. Rick has published numerous articles and six books. His books, Evangelism Outside the Box and Reimagining Evangelism have been widely used among churches and in seminary classes on evangelism. Rick’s latest book, You Found Me: New Research on How Unchurched Millennials, Nones, and Irreligious are Surprisingly Open to Christian Faith, presents the current new research on the unchurched and the churches reaching them.

Michael L. Henderson Sr. is senior pastor of New Beginnings Church. He founded the church in 1999, along with his wife and only twelve members. Through his faithful leadership, the church has grown to over 7,000 members. He is Vice-Chair of the African American Church Evangelism Institute at Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. He serves as the Vice President of National Ministries for Converge Worldwide.  He earned a BA in Communication and Theology at the International Bible Institute and Seminary, Orlando, Florida. In October of 2009, Dr. Henderson received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently pursuing a MA in Organizational Change in Ministry and Leadership for megachurch pastors at Wheaton College.

A-03: Planting in a Polarizing Pandemic (Church Planting Track)

Dhati Lewis

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the airlines changed the way they did everything. And flying has never been the same since. From security to regulations, reservations, organization, and whether or not people could walk you to your gate – it seemed every element of flying was impacted. And yet, in the midst of all the change, the airlines were able to fulfill their essential function. They never lost their ability to help people travel from place to place. And this is the task facing church planters today. We are navigating a pandemic that is impacting every area of life. We must ask the questions:

  • What is essential?
  • How can we fulfill God’s design for us in the midst of a polarizing pandemic?

Dhati Lewis is the lead pastor and church planter of Blueprint Church and president of Send Network with the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Dhati and his planting team moved from Denton, Texas, to plant Blueprint Church in 2010 where he became a leader in urban church planting. Now, he leads NAMB’s Send Network, a church planting network that longs to see a healthy, multiplying church in every community across North America. Dhati earned his Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his Doctorate of Ministry in Great Commission Mobilization from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is most passionate about making disciples, equipping urban leaders and loving his family. On any given day you might find Dhati coaching his kids in basketball or strategizing on a whiteboard. He is the author of both the Bible studies and books, Among Wolves: Disciple-Making in the City and Advocates: The Narrow Path to Racial Reconciliation.

A-04: Engaging Your Neighbor: Intercultural Evangelism in a Diverse World

Scott Moreau

As our communities welcome neighbors and friends from increasingly diverse backgrounds, the need for cultural intelligence is vital for pastors and leaders. How do we build bridges? How do we avoid offense or saying the wrong thing? In this breakout, you will:

  • Identify the foundational principles of intercultural communication that inform modern missionaries, psychologists, and anthropologists
  • Develop helpful questions and conversation topics that build respect and relationship
  • Identify how the gospel can be better communicated across cultural boundaries

Scott Moreau is Academic Dean of Wheaton College Graduate School & Professor of Intercultural Studies. Dr. Scott Moreau’s professional interests include contextualization of the Christian faith, issues related to phenomenology (folk religions, spiritual warfare), and technology in missions (especially information technology and the use of the Internet). For 16 years, he was the editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly and the Encountering Mission series (Baker). He has written or edited over 20 books and 300 articles, and has received numerous recognitions for his writing, teaching, speaking and service to society. He earned a D.Miss and M.Div. in Missiology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

A-05. Engaging People Who Wouldn’t Usually Attend Church: Lessons from Alpha & Alpha Online

John Wentz and Gabriel Lerma

The Alpha course is a free, easy-to-use tool for your church to engage people in your community with the gospel. Based around its updated film series, the course takes people through a guided process of discovery and discussion about the Christian faith. As of 2016, 29 million people have participated in 169 countries. During the pandemic, 30,000 churches and organizations ran Alpha online with 1.3 million participants. In this session you will get a behind the scenes look at how Alpha builds culture through prayer, listening, empowerment and radical hospitality. You’ll also hear lessons from Alpha’s shift to move the course online. You will experience part of the course and how it fits into a church’s evangelistic strategy. 

John Wentz serves as Executive VP of Ministry at Alpha USA and oversees training and church engagement for Alpha International. In the past 21 years he has served as a church planter, campus minister at three different universities, and is also an author of The Coaching Guidebook, “A Practical Guide to Coaching Ministry Leaders.” Most recently, John has served at Community Christian Church in Chicago Illinois as the Small Group Director overseeing their campuses’ small group directors. John is passionate about helping churches and ministries create environments where people can explore faith and experience the kingdom of God.

Gabriel Lerma is Director of Illinois for Alpha USA, where he leads a network of churches running Alpha and partners fueling the ministry. He previously served on staff at Willow Creek Community Church and Project World Impact. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute.

A-06: How Size and Growth Rate Matter: Strengths at Each Different Size

Warren Bird

Every church can do a few things well. If you know what those are for your church, do you have a vision and plan for growth? How are outreach and discipleship part of that plan? This research-based breakout will help you improve and sharpen that plan. 

Dr. Warren Bird is co-author of 33 books including Hero Maker and Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers, is senior vice president of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

A-07. Unleashing the Next Generation with the Gospel (Next Generation Track)

Greg Stier

Teenagers desperately need the hope of Christ and their peers are the best possible messengers of that hope. Imagine what could happen in our communities if every teen, everywhere, heard the Gospel from a friend. Since 1991, Dare 2 Share Ministries has been training teens to share their faith. This breakout will preview Greg’s forthcoming book, Unlikely Fighter, which vulnerably tells the story of how he overcame violence, chaos, and confusion to become a radical Christ follower. It will challenge youth leaders to build thriving ministries where students share their faith. It will also help every believer passionately share their faith. Leaders will leave this session with the tools necessary to start a Gospel Advancing, disciple multiplying youth ministry, just like the one that reached him and his entire family.

Greg Stier is a champion for unleashing this generation with the Gospel. As the founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries, he is driven to help the Church activate Christian teenagers to reach their friends. In the last 30 years, Greg has trained millions of youth leaders and students how to relationally engage their world with the Good News of Jesus. A much sought-after speaker, Greg is a former pastor, church planter, youth leader, as well as the author of numerous books.

A-08. Lessons on Evangelism from Portland, Oregon: Launching and Sustaining a CityWide Evangelism Strategy

Kevin Palau

What is God doing through citywide evangelism efforts? In this breakout, you will: 

  • Learn the nine key findings on evangelism from 50 interviews with senior pastors in the post-Christian city of Portland, Oregon
  • Gain practical examples of pursuing both good deeds and Good News
  • Identify how to form an “Evangelism Team” in your city
  • Find out more about a growing network of cities who are committed to seeing evangelism strengthened in their area

Kevin Palau is President and CEO of the Luis Palau Association. Kevin joined LPA in 1985 and began directing the day-to-day operation of the ministry in the late 1990s. Under his leadership, LPA has united tens of thousands of churches in hundreds of cities to love and serve their communities and clearly share the Good News of Jesus. During Kevin’s time at LPA he has also help develop a global network of hundreds of partner evangelists. Kevin helps lead TogetherPDX, a sustainable, united movement of churches in Portland, Oregon. His book, Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences to Live Out the Gospel describes the ongoing impact of the movement. Kevin lives in Beaverton, Oregon with his wife, Michelle, and enjoys serving on the boards of Alpha USA, Christians Against Poverty, and Transforming the Bay with Christ. 

A-09. Healthy Leadership Identity for Pastoring in a Post-Covid World

Dr. Derwin L. Gray, Transformation Church 

Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, you may still be struggling on how to lead yourself and your team toward spiritual and mental health. In this candid breakout session, Derwin will help pastors develop realistic expectations for the road ahead. You will discuss the challenges of celebrity culture, consumerism, and cuts that make an impact on our souls as leaders. You will learn hard-won lessons in leading from our identity in Christ and how to shape this in your staff team and congregation. 

Dr. Derwin L. Gray is the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped community located in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also a best-selling author of books such as The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness and Building a Multiethnic Church.

Wednesday Oct, 20
1:30pm – 3:00pm

B-21. Featured: What’s Working Now: Behind the Scenes with Outreach 100 Pastors

Ed Stetzer, Josh Laxton, and Jason Daye, Wheaton College Billy Graham Center and Outreach

The last eighteen months have been a whirlwind. A global pandemic has impacted church’s ability to gather and driven unforeseen conversations about racism, masking, and politics. In this featured breakout session, we will discuss:

  • How has your team made decisions over the last year and what have you learned?
  • What are the key questions leaders should address now with their team? 
  • How has church attendance changed and what are its implications for the future? 
  • Where do we see the church going missionally?
  • What are the essentials of developing an effective community outreach strategy for your church?
  • What insights, tools, and resources can help you and your team establish an annual outreach calendar?

You will walk away from this lab with a framework you and your team can begin implementing as early as next week and a foundation on which you can build and grow for years to come.

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is a professor and dean at Wheaton College where he also serves as Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America, is the editor-in-chief of Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited in, interviewed by, and writes for news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Founding Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 1.7 million individuals each week for bible story. His national radio show, Ed Stetzer Live, airs Saturdays on Moody Radio and affiliates. He serves as interim teaching pastor of Calvary Church in New York City and serves as teaching pastor at Highpoint Church.

Josh Laxton, Ph.D., is assistant director of Wheaton College Billy Graham Center and assistant director of Lausanne North America. He has been serving the local church in vocational ministry for almost twenty years mainly as a Lead Pastor replanting and revitalizing churches. He received a B.A. from Union University in Jackson, TN, a MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and a PhD in North American Missiology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently serves as a teaching pastors at Wheaton Bible Church.

Jason Daye, is Vice President of Ministry Mobilization for Outreach, Inc., where he dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations, and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. He also serves as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement, with over 50,000 churches participating and more than five million invitations being shared, inviting people to learn about the hope of Jesus through local churches. Jason lives on Anastasia Island, Florida, with his beautiful wife and children. Connect with him on Instagram @jasondaye

B-22. Contagious Faith: Helping Every Believer Discover Their Natural Style for Sharing Jesus with Others

Mark Mittelberg

What would it take to mobilize your entire congregation to share their faith? Too many people have narrowly defined evangelism based on other people’s styles. Yet, believers are more likely to engage if they determine their own style and how to share their faith naturally. In this breakout, you will:

  • Identify the five faith styles present in your congregation 
  • Discover your own faith style and how it can help you grow in your own personal evangelism
  • Discover ways to champion other’s faith sharing and how to mobilize them all
  • Preview the newly released Contagious Faith curriculum designed to equip every believer share their faith

Mark Mittelberg was the primary author of the celebrated Becoming a Contagious Christian course, through which he helped nearly two million people around the world learn to communicate their faith. Now, with clear teaching, compelling stories, and inspiring motivation, his new Contagious Faith book will help you share the good news of Jesus effectively–even in our increasingly resistant culture. Mark’s other books include The Questions Christians Hope No One Will AskThe Unexpected Adventure, Choosing Your Faith … In a World of Spiritual OptionsFaith Path: Helping Friends Find Their Way to Christ. Mark also wrote the articles for the Choosing Your Faith New Testament. His other books include the updated Becoming a Contagious Church, which sets forth an innovative blueprint for mobilizing churches for evangelism, and the classic best-seller Becoming a Contagious Christian. After receiving an undergraduate degree in business, Mark earned a Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In recognition of his achievements in the areas of evangelism and apologetics, he was recently honored by the conferring of a Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

B-23: Church Innovation Lab: How the Next Generation is Changing Their Approach

Daniel Yang

The prevalent forms of our contemporary church were introduced over forty years ago, pioneered by Baby Boomers and either refined or rejected by Gen-Xers. A generation later, Millennials took serious what it meant to live in missional community, side-stepping the attractional versus incarnational debate and demanded that the gospel be proclaimed in word and demonstrated in deed. And now Generation-Z, the largest generational cohort America has ever seen, is entering into adulthood and church leadership. In this session, Daniel will facilitate a hands-on session for you and your team to develop a framework for meaningful Gen-Z engagement and leadership.

Daniel Yang is the Director of the Send Institute, leading and overseeing all of its initiatives. Prior to directing the institute, he planted a church in Toronto where he also helped recruit, assess, and train church planters through the Send Network and the Release Initiative. Daniel has served on various church staffs including Northwood Church, led by Bob Roberts Jr., where he was trained as a church planter and involved in global and multi-faith engagement. Prior to church planting, Daniel was an engineer for eight years. He earned an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and is currently a Ph.D. Intercultural Studies student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

B-24: Reaching the World in Our Neighborhoods

Sam George & Andrew Lee

The world has come to live in our backyards. Mission not only involves going to the ends of the Earth, but also engaging people across the street who have come from around the globe. This session will:

  • Help you to empower people in your church to show and share the love of Jesus Christ to their colleagues, neighbors and virtual friends who does not look like them
  • Introduce you to realities of global migration, diaspora communities and World Christianity.

Andrew Lee has served at the largest Chinese churches in New York City and in Chicago. In addition to many years of pastoral experience, he has taught for several seminaries and has written for both academic and church settings. He holds a PhD in Religion.

Sam George is the director of the Global Diaspora Institute at the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center and serves as a catalyst of Diasporas for the Lausanne Movement. He teaches at seminaries in Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as in the US and UK. He holds degrees in Engineering and Management and a PhD in Theology, and has authored a dozen books.

B-25. Reaching Moms and Families with the Gospel

Michelle Cowan, MOPS International

How are you reaching the families in your community? A recent study found that moms are largely the ones encouraging church attendance (79%) or teaching kids about the Bible (66%), God’s forgiveness (66%) and religious traditions (72%). Moms—and particularly those with young kids—have unique needs and challenges that can provide an opportunity to connect them with the gospel. Since 1973, MOPShas been reaching moms and families through community groups and churches. This breakout is designed to help you:

  • Identify the unique needs and opportunities facing today’s moms and families
  • Explore what works in MOPS groups in helping people discover faith in Christ
  • Develop a plan to start or enhance your strategy to reach moms
  • Connect your family ministry with your church’s evangelism strategy

Michelle Cowan is the Director of Sales and Strategic Church Partnerships at MOPS International. She finds great joy in passionately working to connect the local church with moms in deeper, more meaningful ways. Michelle also loves engaging businesses and non-profits to consider the vision of MOPS.

B-26. Leading Towards an Evangelistic Multiethnic Church

Ray Chang

Is your church reaching an increasingly diverse community? An increasingly diverse and cynical society is no longer finding credible the message of God’s love for all people as preached from segregated pulpits and pews. Local churches are increasingly embracing ethnic and economic diversity for the sake of the Gospel. In this breakout, led by the director of the new Mosaix Institute at the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, we will explore practical steps that every church can take to attract and build a multiethnic church, including:

  • Taking intentional steps
  • Empowering diverse leadership
  • Developing cross-cultural relationships and competence
  • Promoting a spirit of inclusion, and
  • Mobilizing for impact

Ray Chang, serves as the director of Wheaton College Billy Graham Center’s new Mosaix Institute for Multiethnic Churches. He is originally from Southern California where he attended Biola University majoring in Biblical Studies. From Biola, he went to Talbot and Dallas Theological Seminary earning a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Sacred Theology. He more recently completed his Doctorate in Ministry at Trinity Divinity Evangelical School. In addition to his academic history, Pastor Ray has extensive ministry experience in second generation Korean American and multiethnic ministries. He began as a youth pastor in Southern California, then moved to an internship at First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton under the pastoral leadership of Chuck Swindoll. It was there that Pastor Ray was ordained and received his call to Korean Central Presbyterian Church as their English ministry pastor. He served there for three years from 1993-1996. Afterwards, he planted a multi-ethnic church, Ambassador Bible Church, in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. In 2000, Ray moved back to Southern California to the same church where Pastor Ray did his internship, EV Free Fullerton to become the Outreach Pastor. In 2003, Pastor Ray planted his second church, Ambassador Church in Anaheim and Brea. Pastor Ray is married to Sun, and they have twin daughters, Kristen and Karissa.

B-27. Reaching Emerging Adults: Practices from the Latest Research (Next Generation Track)

Rick Richardson and Andrew MacDonald, Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Research Institute

Emerging adults describing themselves as having no religious faith will soon surpass Christians. Yet, the latest research gives us hope. Based on the findings in their forthcoming book, this breakout will identify ten best practices churches are using to reach emerging adults and equip them for mission.

Rick Richardson is Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and directs the Church Evangelism and Research Institutes for the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. Rick has published numerous articles and six books. His books, Evangelism Outside the Box and Reimagining Evangelism have been widely used among churches and in seminary classes on evangelism. Rick’s latest book, You Found Me: New Research on How Unchurched Millennials, Nones, and Irreligious are Surprisingly Open to Christian Faith, presents the current new research on the unchurched and the churches reaching them.

Andrew MacDonald is Associate Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Research Institute. He is the co-author of Christians at Our Best: A Six-Week Guide to Living in the Age of Outrage. He has an MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology and is currently a PhD Candidate in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. 

B-28. Evangelistic Teaching: Behind the Scenes 

Ben Snyder

How do you leverage the weekend teaching experience to catalyze spiritual movement? In this breakout session, we’ll roll up our sleeves and walk through the process of developing message series that will attract people who don’t regularly attend church, delivery, and evaluation.

Ben Snyder is lead pastor of CedarCreek Church in Perrysburg, Ohio, an Outreach 100 Largest Church. Ben attended the University of Toledo, earning a B.A in the Individualized Program of Leadership and a M.A in Liberal Studies.

B-29: SoulCare Practices for Leading Your Team

Mindy Caliguire

How is it with your soul? This question is as relevant as we emerge from a pandemic as it was when John Wesley asked it in his era.  Pastors, leaders, and everyday Christ-followers have weathered the last year caring for others.  Have you stopped to check-in on how you’re doing?  This session is a sacred space for you to engage some soul-searching, ask deeper questions, and consider healthy practices that will help you sustain your ministry as we continue to adapt throughout this crisis. You’ll identify practices and tools you can use in your personal walk with Christ and with your team.

Mindy Caliguire is co-founder and President of Soul Care – a spiritual formation ministry to increase “soul health” in the Body of Christ and an executive leader at Gloo. Mindy served on the strategy group for Wheaton College Billy Graham Center’s Pastor Resiliency Initiative.