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Schedule

Sunday, May 24

5:30pm - 8:00pm

Caleb and Company—Dinner for International Ministries Retirees

200

International Ministries retirees and current international workers who have served overseas 25 years or longer are invited. Registration is required to attend. Dr. John Stumbo will be the speaker. Ms. Lillie Knauls, formerly of Gaither Vocal Band, will sing about God’s love.

Monday, May 25

8:00am

Monday Morning Meetings

Great Commission Women National Leadership Team Meeting

203 B&C

International Ministries Pre-Council

201 A&B

Pre-Council attendance is required for International Ministries team members. Martin Sanders and Ron Walborn will speak about the work of the Holy Spirit.

9:00am

Caleb and Company

202 A

International Ministries retirees are invited, and sessions are open to the public. Dr. Kenneth Liu, retired Alliance pastor, will be the speaker for morning devotions. Alliance regional directors will present updates. At 3:00 p.m., a memorial service will be held to honor the saints who have been promoted to their eternal home.

1:00pm - 6:00pm

Council Registration

Main Entrance
1:00pm

Board of Directors Meeting

204
6:00pm

Council Committee Officers Meeting

103 B
7:00pm

Council Committees Convene

Tuesday, May 26

8:00am

Tuesday Morning Meetings

Great Commission Women National Leadership Team Meeting

203 B&C

International Ministries Pre-Council

201 A&B

Pre-Council attendance is required for International Ministries team members. Martin Sanders and Ron Walborn will speak about the work of the Holy Spirit.

Pastoral/Member Care Training

202 C

Roy and Carol Johnston will train people who provide pastoral care for Alliance international team members.

8:30am - 7:00pm

Council Registration

Main Entrance
8:30am - 2:00pm

Alliance Missions Network Seminar

Ballroom

The Alliance Missions Network Seminar (AMN) is designed for church pastors and mission leaders, missions mobilizers or anyone interested in promoting missions in their local Alliance church.  It’s through like-minded people who network together that we can accomplish much for our Lord.

  1. Network with other leaders who are passionate about local church involvement with Alliance missions.
  2. Share creative ideas and find out what others are doing to promote missions involvement in their spheres of influence.
  3. Hear “insider information” from C&MA missions leaders that will assist you in leading your church’s Alliance missions engagement.

9:00am

Caleb and Company

202 A

International Ministries retirees are invited, and sessions are open to the public. Dr. David Thompson will present the morning devotions, and Dr. Bill Dunham, director for marketplace ministries, will give an update. Rev. Don Dillavou will close the event with humorous impersonations.

9:00am - 2:30pm

Tuesday Seminars

Empowered: Becoming a Praying Church

104 A

The Early Church was empowered by the Holy Spirit. A key factor was prayer! We all know prayer is vital for ministry, but as individuals and as a church, we struggle to make it a significant part of ministry. It doesn’t have to be that difficult. Explore the role and purpose of corporate prayer and learn practical ways to make it more foundational to your church’s ministry. Learn effective tools for growing prayer and the best ways to implement them in the life of your church. Led by Dr. Dave Butts, Mr. Jonathan Graf, and Mrs. Tiece (Ty) King, Becoming a Praying Church could be the catalyst you need to raise the level of prayer in your church. Participants will receive several free resources to assist them in growing prayer in their church.

9:00am

Board of Directors Meeting

204
12:00pm - 2:00pm

International Ministries Retiree Luncheon

104 B&C

The event honors the retiring missionaries with lunch and a short program. Regional directors will honor the workers who are retiring, presenting videos from their respective fields.

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday Seminars

A Message from the Heart of Francis Chan

Ballroom

Pastor Francis Chan will be the main speaker at Alliance Council on Tuesday, May 26. This seminar will present a message from his heart.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Prayer House Open

Hall A

Prayer counselors are available for individual sessions.

4:15pm

New Delegate Orientation

104 A

All new delegates are invited to attend this time, which will focus on the role and purpose of Alliance Council. The setup of governance, explanation of business, and process for elections will be explained, followed by a time for questions.

6:45pm - 7:00pm

Pre-Service Worship

Hall A

Enter into a time of worship through music.

7:00pm - 8:45pm

Opening Worship Service & Communion

Hall A

LOVE-How Deep the Father's Love

8:30pm - 10:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B
9:00pm - 10:00pm

Council Registration

Main Entrance

Wednesday, May 27

7:00am - 8:30am

Eastern PA District Breakfast

201 A

District pastors and lay leaders are invited. Enjoy fellowship with international workers on home assignment as well as with brothers and sisters in Christ from other district churches.

8:30am - 7:00pm

Council Registration

Main Entrance
8:45am - 12:00pm

Children’s Ministry

203 C

Under the direction of licensed children’s workers, a special program will be provided during the morning and evening Council sessions for children aged 5–10. The cost for the entire week—$25 for the first child and $20 for each additional child—will cover materials, snacks, and other items. Enroll children through the delegate registration site.

9:00am - 11:45am

Where Are We? Where Are We Going? Part One

Hall A

John Stumbo, president of the U.S. C&MA reports to Alliance Council

10:30am - 2:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Town and Country Lunch and Learn

201 A

Enjoy lunch and learn about Town and Country Manor, an Alliance senior community that offers independent living, assisted living, and skilled-nursing care. Town and Country is located in beautiful Southern California, minutes away from shopping, restaurants, museums, and an award-winning hospital. To tour the facility, sign up at the luncheon. Transportation will be provided.

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Ministry Strategy Session

Hall A
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Prayer House Open

Hall A

Prayer counselors are available for individual sessions.

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B
6:45pm - 9:15pm

Children’s Ministry

203 C

See description on the schedule for Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

6:45pm - 7:00pm

Pre-Service Worship

Hall A

Enter into a time of worship through music.

7:00pm - 8:45pm

Worship Service

Hall A

PROCLAIM-The Authority of God's Word

8:30pm - 10:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B
9:00pm - 10:30pm

Wednesday Evening Receptions

African Region Ice Cream Social

104 B

Do you have a heart for Africa and want to hear what God is doing in that region? Join us for fellowship and ice cream.

Children’s Disciplemaking Ice Cream Social

202 A

The Children’s Disciplemaking team encourages, empowers, and equips children’s ministry workers. Learn more about the 4/14 Window and network with others who are passionate about reaching children with the gospel.

Europe/Middle East Regional Gathering

202 C

Friends and partners are welcome.

Metropolitan District Reception

201 A

The Metropolitan District is hosting an informal gathering. All are welcome to attend.

Multicultural Ministries Ice Cream Reception

104 A

Enjoy a time of fellowship and ice cream and learn more about U.S. Alliance Multicultural Ministries.

Southwestern District Reception

203 A

All Southwestern District workers and families are invited.

Western PA District Reception

201 B

Gather together for an informal time of fellowship and ice cream with district pastors and lay leaders.

Thursday, May 28

7:00am - 8:30am

"It’s Retirement Time–Now What?” Breakfast

203 A

This breakfast seminar will address retirement issues, including the Medicare sign-up process, gift planning, budgeting, how to receive the highest Social Security payments, and more. Council attendees within a few years of retirement are encouraged to attend.

8:30am - 7:00pm

Council Registration

Main Entrance
8:45am - 12:00pm

Children’s Ministry

203 C

See description on the schedule for Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

9:00am - 10:45am

Where Are We? Where Are We Going? Part Two

Hall A

John Stumbo, president of the U.S. C&MA reports to Alliance Council

10:30am - 2:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B
11:00am - 12:00pm

Thursday Morning Seminars

Church Planting from a Greenhouse Church

202 A

The key to ongoing multiplication is a local church that is willing to take faith-filled risks to reproduce. This seminar will look at practical ways to help your church become one that continually reproduces. Greenhouse churches come in all sizes, cultures, contexts, and ages. We will explore a clear, proven training method to develop leaders that will reproduce. Greenhouse churches employ a two-year leadership track (Look, Learn, Lead, and Launch). The presenter discovered ministry in a “greenhouse” and went on to plant churches that reproduced using this pathway.

Entrepreneurship: Called to Build a Business

203 B

Entrepreneurship is a noble pursuit. Building businesses creates jobs, improves society, generates wealth for the Kingdom, and produces human flourishing. Based on 15 years of coaching growth-oriented business leaders and conducting personal interviews with 90 founders who built and successfully sold their businesses, Crown College President Dr. Joel Wiggins will explore six key factors associated in building any successful enterprise. The seminar also will consider five approaches to personally navigating the challenges of being a believer in business.

Mobilizing Millennials

104 B

We can no longer ignore the reality that Millennials are shaping and influencing culture and the church. This generation is challenging paradigms, questioning norms, and dramatically shifting the landscape of ethics and politics. So the question is no longer "How do we mobilize them?" but “How do we welcome this generation into our family and empower them to live lives that produce eternal Kingdom change?”

Rethinking Poverty: When Helping Hurts

104 C

Mrs. Jerilyn Sanders and Mr. Michael Briggs will present principles from the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.

What is Your Legacy?

202 B

Identify the five biblical principles related to gift and estate transfer. Where will your “stuff” go? What are the elements of your estate plan? Learn how to use a Charitable Gift Annuity for income and lessen or eliminate taxes on your estate.

What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

102 C

Join Mr. Joel Malick for a presentation on retirement planning techniques and considerations as well as a review of the tools available to assist you in obtaining your savings objectives, utilizing the C&MA 403 (b) Retirement Plan.

When is the Church Not the Church?

204

Most churches highly value the discipleship of children and teens. However, many congregations have established programs for them that inadvertently become obstacles to the discipleship flow of the church. Problems range from the “silo” mentality (when kids and youth ministries have nothing to do with one another) to “dry cleaner parenting” (dropping the kids off in a classroom and expecting to pick them up “clean and neat” one hour later). Unity in our student and children’s departments can help create the healthy discipleship environment so desperately needed.

Why I Love Talking About Jesus

101 B

Do you want to improve your communication from the pulpit to non-Christians? How do you create momentum that makes it easy for your people to bring their unchurched friends? This seminar will present proven practices for churches of every size to help people begin a spiritual journey toward faith and ultimately make a decision for Christ.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Prayer House Open

Hall A

Prayer counselors are available for individual sessions.

12:00pm

Prayer Gathering―Revival―Joe Phillips

Hall A

All delegates are invited to attend this hour-long prayer gathering to seek God for revival in our personal lives, our churches, and our nation.

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Nyack College Alumni & Friends Luncheon

104 A

Join the reunion for fun and fellowship.

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Ministry Strategy Session (Floor Nominations)

Hall A
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B
6:45pm - 7:00pm

Pre-Service Worship

Hall A

Enter into a time of worship through music.

6:45pm - 9:15pm

Children’s Ministry

203 C

See description on the schedule for Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

7:00pm - 8:45pm

Worship Service

Hall A
8:30pm - 10:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B
9:00pm - 10:30pm

Thursday Evening Receptions

All College Reception

104 C

Dr. John Stumbo, Dr. Joel Wiggins (Crown College), Dr. Robert Myers (Toccoa Falls College), Dr. Michael Scales (Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary), and Dr. Robin Dummer (Simpson University) invite you to a special reception. Alliance institutions of higher education are equipping nearly 7,000 students to be the next generation of Alliance leaders.

Northeastern District Reception

201 B

Northeastern District delegates and friends are invited to an ice cream reception.

The Alliance Southeast District Reception

201 A

Southeast District workers and families are invited for a time of fun and fellowship.

Friday, May 29

7:00am - 8:30am

CAMA Breakfast

201 B

Learn how CAMA workers show Christ’s compassion through relief and transformational development. For reservations, contact cama@camaservices.org.

7:15am - 8:30am

MidAmerica District Breakfast (MidAmerica District Workers Only)

201 A

This event is open to the MidAmerica District family only. The gathering will serve as the 2015 District Conference, and a brief business meeting will be held to approve the district’s 2015–2016 budget.

8:30am - 9:00am

Council Registration (accredited registration closes at 9:00 a.m. except for weekend registrations)

Main Entrance

accredited registration closes at 9:00 a.m. except for weekend registrations

8:45am - 12:00pm

Children’s Ministry

203 C

See description on the schedule for Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

9:00am - 10:45am

Ministry Strategy Session

Hall A

Elections including Board of Directors, Corporate Vice President, and Corporate Secretary

10:30am - 2:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B
11:00am - 12:00pm

Friday Morning Seminars

Addressing Poverty in Your Community

101 B

This seminar is a holistic approach to community outreach that will help alleviate poverty without hurting the underserved in our communities.

Church Planting from a Greenhouse Church

102 C

The key to ongoing multiplication is a local church that is willing to take faith-filled risks to reproduce. This seminar will look at practical ways to help your church become one that continually reproduces. Greenhouse churches come in all sizes, cultures, contexts, and ages. We will explore a clear, proven training method to develop leaders that will reproduce. Greenhouse churches employ a two-year leadership track (Look, Learn, Lead, and Launch). The presenter discovered ministry in a “greenhouse” and went on to plant churches that reproduced using this pathway.

Entrepreneurship: Called to Build a Business

202 A

Entrepreneurship is a noble pursuit. Building businesses creates jobs, improves society, generates wealth for the Kingdom, and produces human flourishing. Based on 15 years of coaching growth-oriented business leaders and conducting personal interviews with 90 founders who built and successfully sold their businesses, Crown College President Dr. Joel Wiggins will explore six key factors associated in building any successful enterprise. The seminar also will consider five approaches to personally navigating the challenges of being a believer in business.

Follow up to message

104 C

Rev. Leith Anderson will be the main speaker at Alliance Council on Thursday, May 28th.  This seminar will be a follow-up to his message.

Introduction to Alliance Chaplain Ministries

203 B

Discover the “who,” “what,” and “where” of Alliance Chaplain Ministries. What are the requirements to serve, and who is serving? Learn about the common misconceptions regarding chaplaincy and the issues chaplains face.

Treasurer’s Update

202 B

Financial and tax issues are important to the local church as it operates under the watchful eyes of the IRS and state authorities.  Ken Baldes, U.S. Alliance vice president for operations/treasurer, Eddie Swanson, assistant treasurer/controller, and Tim Cummings, former general counsel and assistant corporate secretary, will address timely information of interest to church treasurers.

Welcoming Your Immigrant Neighbor

103 B

This seminar will address current immigration realities as they impact your church and community. Participants will receive practical advice on how to welcome immigrants into their homes and churches as a genuine expression of God’s love.

What is Envision?

204

Learn why Envision is part of our Alliance family and why it's important. There's a lot of talk in the church and secular arenas about the next generation. So what voice does our family have in this regard? How are we training and investing in the next generation? How are we forming our young influencers? What place do they have in our family? Do they even want to be part of our family? These and other crucial questions will be discussed as we talk about Envision and the next generation.

When is the Church Not the Church?

104 B

Most churches highly value the discipleship of children and teens. However, many congregations have established programs for them that inadvertently become obstacles to the discipleship flow of the church. Problems range from the “silo” mentality (when kids and youth ministries have nothing to do with one another) to “dry cleaner parenting” (dropping the kids off in a classroom and expecting to pick them up “clean and neat” one hour later). Unity in our student and children’s departments can help create the healthy discipleship environment so desperately needed.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Prayer House Open

Hall A

Prayer counselors are available for individual sessions.

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Prayer Gathering―Families, Marriages, Children, Prodigals―Randy and Linda Corbin

Hall A

All delegates are invited to attend this hour-long prayer gathering to seek God for our marriages, families, children, and any prodigals in our lives.

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Friday Lunch Events

ATS Alumni & Friends Luncheon

104 A

Join us for a time of celebrating and reuniting ATS family and friends.

Reaching the Whole World: But Are We Forgetting Someone? - Alliance Jewish Ministries Luncheon

201 A

Enjoy the hospitality of Alliance Jewish Ministries. Rev. Jonathan Sacks will address the importance of being engaged in Jewish evangelism.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

CANCELED - Ministry Strategy Session

Hall A

Due to the completion of all business, today's Ministry Strategy Session scheduled for 1:30 p.m. has been canceled.

2:00pm - 7:00pm

Council Registration (Weekend Registration)

Main Entrance
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Friday Afternoon Seminars

2:30pm - 3:30pm

What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

104 B

Join Mr. Joel Malick for a presentation on retirement planning techniques and considerations as well as a review of the tools available to assist you in obtaining your savings objectives, utilizing the C&MA 403 (b) Retirement Plan.

2:30pm - 3:30pm

What is Your Legacy?

101 B

Identify the five biblical principles related to gift and estate transfer. Where will your “stuff” go? What are the elements of your estate plan? Learn how to use a Charitable Gift Annuity for income and lessen or eliminate taxes on your estate.

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Welcoming Your Immigrant Neighbor

204

This seminar will address current immigration realities as they impact your church and community. Participants will receive practical advice on how to welcome immigrants into their homes and churches as a genuine expression of God’s love.

3:45pm - 4:45pm

Friday Afternoon Seminars

International Team Speed Acquaintance

104 C

You’ve heard of speed dating? This will be an opportunity to use a similar fast-paced and fun format to get to know each other—in this case Alliance international staff and Council delegates from our churches. The Alliance is a family, working together to extend the reach of the gospel around the world. In this seminar, we’ll become acquainted, learn how to pray for one another, and build bridges for future ministry together. Catch a fresh glimpse of the Alliance world, spark new partnership possibilities, or get to know many international team members.

Introduction to Alliance Chaplain Ministries

202 A

Discover the “who,” “what,” and “where” of Alliance Chaplain Ministries. What are the requirements to serve, and who is serving? Learn about the common misconceptions regarding chaplaincy and the issues chaplains face.

Mobilizing Millennials

102 C

We can no longer ignore the reality that Millennials are shaping and influencing culture and the church. This generation is challenging paradigms, questioning norms, and dramatically shifting the landscape of ethics and politics. So the question is no longer "How do we mobilize them?" but “How do we welcome this generation into our family and empower them to live lives that produce eternal Kingdom change?”

Preaching on Tough Topics

101 B

The challenge of preaching is to declare eternal truth—which doesn’t change—in a culture that’s always changing and often in decline. So how does a person faithfully communicate God’s Word for today, especially when respect for the Bible has eroded? Silence is not an option. Martin Luther put it this way: “If you preach the gospel in all aspects with the exception of the issues which deal specifically with your time, you are not preaching the gospel at all.” This seminar will further equip you to handle the hot topics of our day, with practical examples and insights that will bolster your confidence.

Social Media

103 B

This seminar will explore the use of social media for anyone in Christian ministry and provide an overview of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and blogging. It will examine social media success stories and failures, as well as its dangers, including online criticism. Discover how to get started developing your social media message and brand.

Succession Planning–Is Your Church Thinking About Tomorrow?

104 B

Rev. Tom Lance will share practical lessons from his 40 years in leadership. Learn how to step up and lead when only the senior pastor can. The seminar also will cover how to transition out of senior leadership with humility and grace—preparing the way for the next leader to succeed.

Understanding Forgiveness When the Offense is Unforgivable

204

Meaningful forgiveness is hard enough, but it seems impossible when the offense is profoundly personal, devastating, and deeply painful. This seminar will present participants with a deeper understanding of forgiveness—how it works, why it is essential, and how it is rooted in the Person of Jesus Christ.

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B
6:45pm - 7:00pm

Pre-Service Worship–ENCORE (art-based performance team from Crown College)

Hall A

Enter into a time of worship through music.

6:45pm - 9:15pm

Children’s Ministry

203 C

See description on the schedule for Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

7:00pm - 8:45pm

CELEBRATION OF JESUS

Hall A
8:30pm - 10:30pm

Exhibits

Hall B
9:00pm - 10:30pm

Friday Evening Receptions

Arabic Ministry in the United States

204

Learn what God is doing among Arabic-speaking people residing in the United States. No food will be provided at this informational meeting.

Brazilian Celebration

104 A

Church Planter Reception

202 C

Join us for an ice cream reception and connect with church planters from across The Alliance. Hear stories about how God is working through this ministry. Open to all delegates.

Crown College Reception

201 A

Midwest District Reception (Midwest District Workers Only)

102 B

Midwest District workers and families are invited to join us for fellowship and snacks.

Spanish Ministries in The Alliance

203 A

Come and hear what God is doing through Alliance Spanish Ministries.

Saturday, May 30

8:30am - 2:00pm

Council Registration (Weekend Registration)

Main Entrance
9:30am - 12:00pm

Children’s Ministry

203 C

See description on the schedule for Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

9:30am - 9:45am

Pre-Service Worship

Hall A

Enter into a time of worship through music.

9:45am - 11:30am

CHRIST OUR HEALER

Hall A

A message from Joni

11:00am - 12:00pm

Prayer House Open

Hall A

Prayer counselors are available for individual sessions.

11:45am - 1:45pm

Great Commission Women “Let's Celebrate” Gathering

104 A&B

This gathering is designed to meet and greet international workers, who will share their stories. Enjoy the fellowship together and delicious refreshments. Tickets are required.

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Saturday Afternoon Seminars

Can Your Church Love Gays?

204

Our churches are increasingly faced with challenges related to unbiblical gender roles and sexual practices. This seminar will explore how, in the midst of this challenge, a church can fulfill its call to be the Bride of Christ—without compromise or creating unnecessary liability.

Caring For Youth

102 C

With an introduction to Vietnamese-American adolescent culture, Revs. Pham and Nguyen will focus on the foundational themes of junior and senior high youth ministry. Student observation, research, and oral presentation skills provide essential, experiential components of this course.

iServe–Join the Alliance Ministry Family

202 A

Knowing the process of serving in the Alliance family is essential for understanding what to anticipate and how to receive support. This seminar will provide essential information for those seeking to join Alliance ministries and new updates for those serving on district Licensing, Ordination, and Consecration Councils and those who are guiding new workers through the process.

Spiritual Leadership

101 B

This seminar examines the biblical basis for organizational management and leadership as well as the process of planning, organizing, leading, and supporting.  The principles are made applicable to Christian service and ministry in the context of the Vietnamese congregation in America.

Ten Things Every Alliance Person Should Know

104 C

Some are great stories, and some are key facts. All are exciting expressions of God’s hand in and through The Alliance. You’ll be inspired by these 10 things that convey the heart and heritage of The Alliance, as well as the values and vision for the future of our movement. This seminar is presented by International Ministries Vice President Dr. Tim Crouch and other Alliance missionaries.

The Presence of God in the Absence of Healing

Ballroom

Mrs. Joni Eareckson Tada will be the main speaker at Alliance Council on Saturday, May 30. This seminar will focus on the presence of God in the absence of healing.

Why I Love Talking About Jesus

103 B

Do you want to improve your communication from the pulpit to non-Christians? How do you create momentum that makes it easy for your people to bring their unchurched friends? This seminar will present proven practices for churches of every size to help people begin a spiritual journey toward faith and ultimately make a decision for Christ.

2:15pm - 4:30pm

Saturday Afternoon Seminars

Peacemaking Principles

201 B

Are you grieved by the damage done by conflict in the church? Are you or someone you care about so hurt that it is hard to forgive? Do you want to honor God and resolve conflict lovingly and fairly? This seminar presents biblical teaching on these and related challenges.

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Saturday Afternoon Seminars

Journey to Self-Discovery

102 C

The process by which people seek God, develop and mature as disciples of Jesus, and discern His call to live in the power of the Holy Spirit will be examined, with emphasis on the foundations for Christian living and gaining a firm grasp of Bible doctrines relating to the Christian life.

Kingdom Advancement

202 B&C

More than four years of civil war, hundreds of thousands of deaths, more than half the population displaced, and millions now refugees. Edward Awabdeh, leader of the Syrian Alliance churches, will share the inside story of a people and church in turmoil—and of help and hope in Jesus.

Personal Ministry and Assessment

101 B

Rev. Ho explores the broad range of duties, rituals, and responsibilities of the contemporary Vietnamese pastor in America. Topics for study include administration of sacraments, business administration, worship, pastoral care, and evangelism. This seminar is designed to help pastors assess their personal lives in relation to God, family, and society as well as to form a model of “life with God” to apply to spiritual life and ministry.

Preaching on Tough Topics

104 C

The challenge of preaching is to declare eternal truth—which does not change—in a culture that’s always changing and often in decline. So how does a person faithfully communicate God’s Word for today, especially when respect for the Bible has eroded? Silence is not an option. Martin Luther put it this way: “If you preach the gospel in all aspects with the exception of the issues which deal specifically with your time, you are not preaching the gospel at all.” This seminar will further equip you to handle the hot topics of our day, with practical examples and insights that will bolster your confidence.

Succession Planning–Is Your Church Thinking About Tomorrow?

204

Rev. Tom Lance will share practical lessons from his 40 years in leadership. Learn how to step up and lead when only the senior pastor can. The seminar also will cover how to transition out of senior leadership with humility and grace—preparing the way for the next leader to succeed.

This Church in a Disaster

103 B

We live in a time when disasters are becoming increasingly costly in economic and human terms. As good stewards, churches need to be prepared to protect themselves and their church members from potential disasters. Churches should also be ready to love their neighbors by effectively extending aid to those in need outside their walls. This session, led by the president of CAMA Services and the chair of Crown College’s Disaster and Emergency Management program, will present findings from Crown’s recent studies on church disaster preparedness and response. This session also will provide guidance for developing church emergency preparedness plans, along with practical suggestions for churches wanting to help others affected by disasters.

3:30pm - 7:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B
6:45pm - 7:00pm

Pre-Service Worship

Hall A

Enter into a time of worship through music.

6:45pm - 9:15pm

Children’s Ministry

203 C

See description on the schedule for Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

7:00pm - 8:45pm

CHRIST OUR SANCTIFIER

Hall A
8:30pm - 10:00pm

Exhibits

Hall B

Sunday, May 31

7:00am - 9:00am

Board of Directors Meeting

103 A
9:15am - 9:30am

Pre-Service Worship

Enter into a time of worship through music.

9:30am - 11:30am

Morning Service —CHRIST OUR COMING KING/Missionary Rally

Hall A
1:00pm - 3:00pm

President’s Cabinet Meeting

VIP B
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Alliance Chaplain Banquet (Alliance Chaplains and families/Invited guests)

Hyatt Shoreline A&B

Alliance Chaplains and their families are invited to attend this banquet.

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