Preconference Modules

Developing an Evangelistic Environment in the Local Church

  • Leaders
    Pat Nemmers, lead pastor, Saylorville Church, Des Moines, Iowa
    Chuck De Cleene, evangelism pastor, Saylorville Church, Des Moines, Iowa

I once heard a respected preacher declare, “Your time spent in prayer is your belief in prayer.” I recall being instantly convicted as the statement revealed a rather faithless prayer life in me. And yet, I could not wrench myself from the truth of that statement. That then led me to this thought: “My time spent evangelizing is my belief in evangelism.” Does that statement possess a ring of truth to you? The reason I ask is because not one of us would deny the importance of evangelizing the lost in our communities. But acknowledging a need and a command and being obedient to that need and command are two different things. In this module Pat Nemmers will team with Chuck De Cleene to encourage you not only to become obedient in the area of soul-winning but also to give you practical advice, guidance, and a blueprint to help you and your church become effective in winning the lost to Christ.



  • Host
    Manning Brown, Director of the Regular Baptist Chaplaincy

Being a chaplain puts you in the foxhole, in the squad car, in hospitals, and in situations where comfort, counsel, and care are critical needs. Be part of a practical time of training geared at equipping you while you serve as a chaplain to effectively reach your community where doors are often closed to the general public and to the gospel!

This module will include Andy Bittle, pastor of counseling ministries, Living Waters Fellowship, Des Moines, Iowa.


Putting Together a Worship Service

  • Leader
    Dan Parker, associate pastor of music and worship, First Baptist Church, Elyria, Ohio


Big Little Church: The Joys, Challenges, and Strengths of Small Church Ministry

  • Leader
    Tom Robbins, pastor, Faith Baptist Church, Camp Point, Illinois


The DNA of a Healthy Tech Ministry

  • Leader
    Daniel Chin, System Administrator, Regular Baptist Ministries, Arlington Heights, Illinois


Unpacking the Forgiveness Debate

  • Leader
    Chris Brauns, pastor, The Red Brick Church, Stillman Valley, Illinois


Abide—Abounding Belief in Jesus Influences Deeper Empathy with Others

  • Leader
    Diane Scallon, pastor’s wife, Grace Baptist Church, Laurel, Maryland


The Burdens and Blessings of a Larger Church: Learning and Growing Together

  • Leader
    Scott Poling, pastor, Harvest New Beginnings, Oswego, Illinois