Conference Schedule

Conference Locations
Union Baptist Church | 1200 N. Trade Street
Double Tree Hotel | 5790 University Pkwy
The Grand Theatre | 5601 University Pkwy


Tuesday, March 20
Double Tree Hotel Location
11:00 am – Luncheon- City Officials- Pastors- Corporate Heads
9:00 am -12:00 pm – Peer Group Meetings
1:00 pm -1:10 pm – Welcome and Greeting
1:15 pm -1:45 pm – Devotional Message – Dr. Harold Hudson
1:50 pm – 2:45pm – Opening Lecture – Dr. David Watson   “A Theological Foundation For Creative Ministry”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Response to Lecture Panel Discussion

                       Dr. Herbert Miller, Moderator
The Creativity of Church Planting – Pastor Derrick Horton
The Prophetic Voice and Creative Social Justice – Dr. John Mendez
Creative Methods For Reaching Men In Ministry – Dr. Alfred Thompson
Creative Methods For Encouraging Women – Dr. Bridget Weatherspoon
Church Gentrification and Sociological Changes – Dr. Lucius Dalton
Millennialism and the Creative Church – Dr. Kia Hood-Scott
Transitioning a Traditional Church To a Creative Church – Dr. Harry White

4:00 pm – Rest Break

Union Baptist Church Location

6:15 pm – Creative Ministry For The Future Church- Dr. Rosario Picardo
7:00 pm – Opening Worship Service – Dr. E. Dewey Smith


Wednesday, March 21
Double Tree Hotel Location
6:30 am – 7:15 am –  Prayer and Gospel Aerobics
8:00 am – 8:20 am – Shuttle Bus Depart for Union Baptist Church

Double Tree Hotel Location

9:00 am – 12:00 noon- Music and Fine Arts In Sanctuary
Creative Praise and Worship That Changes The Atmosphere

  • 9:00 am – Praise and Worship
  • 9:30 am – Devotional Message – Rev. James Wilkes
  • 10:00 am – Worship Theory
  • 11:00 am -12:00 am – Rehearsal with Bishop Cortez Vaughn

9:00 am – 12:00 noon– Securing Your Sanctuary Mr. Carles Boy

Union Baptist Church Location

8:30 am – 9:00 am –  Merging New Voice – Rev. Kathy Dunton
9:15 am -10:15 am – Plenary Lecture-Financial Stewardship and Church Leadership – Dr. Buster Soaries
10:30 am -11:30 am – Small Group Creative Ministry Sessions – Part I
11:45 am -12:45 am – Small Group Creative Ministry Sessions – Part II

Wednesday Classes – 10:30 am -11:30 am

  • The Creative Preaching Paradigm of Dr. Charles E. Booth and Its Relevance For Today – Dr. Reginald Van Stephens (Pastors and Associate Ministers)
  • Leading While Bleeding: The Cost of Creative Ministry – Dr. Elvin Sadler   (Church Leadership and Staff)
  • Creative Praise and Worship That Changes The Atmosphere – Bishop Cortez Vaughn – (Music And Fine Arts Ministry)
  • Creating an Environment for Youth and Millennial Ministry – Dr. Kia Hood-Scott and Rev. James Wilkes
  • “Children in Crisis” Compassion International – Minister James Olson
  • Creative Paradigms of Prayer That Get Results – Mrs. Callie Picardo

Wednesday Small Group Lectures  – 11:45 am – 12:45 pm 

  • The Opioid Crisis In The Community and the Voice of The Church – Professor Mark Covington, Jr.
  • Ministering To Domestic Violence: No More Silence – Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis
  • Does Politics Belong In The Pulpit – Dr. Herbert Miller
  • Avoiding Cliques and Conflict In The Church – Dr. Kevin D. Sturdivant
  • Saved, Single, and Serving – Pastor Cheryl Moore
  • The Challenges of Marriage and Ministry – Pastors Kurt and Gale Campbell
  • Creating Relationship: First Ladies In Ministry – Lady Kim Mack and Lady Billie Hudson
  • Walking in Financial Victory – D-Free

Double Tree Hotel Location

1:30 pm – Alumni Luncheon and Seminarians Orientation

   President Kent Millard- Guest Speaker

   Comedic Ministry of  Debra Terry Stephens

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Peer Group Sessions

Union Baptist Church Location

6:15 pm – Embracing New Paradigms For Future The Church –  Dr. Sir Walter Mack

7:00 pm – Worship and Preaching – Dr. M. Keith McDaniel

Thursday, March 22

Double Tree Hotel Location

6:30 am – 7:15 am – Prayer and Gospel Aerobics

Union Baptist Church Location

8:30 am – 9:15 am –  Devotional Message- Morning Worship and Preaching – Dr. Cynthia Hale
9:30 am – 10:15 am – Plenary Lecture: Unfreezing Moves – Dr. Jessie Williams

10:30 am – 11:15 am – Lecture: Church Leadership With Purpose – Dr. William Watley

11:30 am – 12:00 am – Sponsors – D-Free Representatives

– Mark Thompson, Lincoln Financial
– James Olson, Compassion International

12:15 pm – Depart for Movie Theater

The Grand Theatre Location

1:00 pm – Movie and Boxed Lunch
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Peer Group Sessions

Union Baptist Church Location

6:15 pm – Conference Lecturer – Karen Abercrombie
7:00 pm – Concluding Worship and Preaching – Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr.

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