*Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Virginia’s social-distancing requirements, the Leadership Development Conference is an online experience this year. Below are several videos of local church leaders discussing practical solutions and options for current issues. 

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Keynote Address: "Journey Into the Unknown"

Speaker: Dr. John Upton

Description:
Scripture Focus: Genesis 12:1-4a; Hebrews 11:8-10

Breakout Sessions:

"A Proper Sense of Who We Are"

Speaker: Dr. John Upton

Description:
Leadership Skills Required for Today

"One Church - The blending of online and in-person congregations."

Speaker: Tom Lewis

Description:
We will discuss the ways that you can approach online ministries and make them an active part of the congregation. In-person and online can be equal in the community of your church.

"Reclaim. Reimagine. Reignite ministry for minors."

Speaker: Chris Wondree

Description:
Pandemic ministry is not the same as post-pandemic ministry. We’ll discuss ideas on how we as children and youth ministers can move into this next chapter with a renewed strength and unified vision.

"How to Do Children's Ministry Post-Pandemic"

Speaker: Kim Boswell

Description:
Pandemic ministry is not the same as post-pandemic ministry. We’ll discuss ideas on how we as children ministers can move into this next chapter with a renewed strength and unified vision.

"Church Branding on a Budget: Telling your church’s story "

Speaker: Alison Fallecker

Description:
Creating an effective brand builds trust and unity with your members and your community. In this session, you will learn how to tell your church’s story, why it’s important, who should be involved, and what free tools and resources are available to support you along the way.

"Crisis Care in the Post-Covid Church"

Speaker: Kristen Curtis

Description:
When the governor’s “Safer at Home” orders came out in March of 2020, many Virginians stopped gathering with churches, family, and friends. Even going to the grocery store or pharmacy for needed items could feel life-threatening in the face of unclear information about how the Coronavirus was spread. Add in the polarizing nature of the 2020 elections and their aftermath and the increases in racial tension in 2020, along with more recent tensions about whether or not to be vaccinated and its implications for personal and community and a picture of communities in tension and individuals who feel isolated, anxious, and afraid emerges pretty clearly.
As the world begins to open back up to in-person gatherings and mask-less interactions, there is a tremendous opportunity for the Church to be a source of hope, help, and healing in our communities. But how do we do this well and not simply go back to “business as usual” with the people who show up in our sanctuaries on Sunday mornings? In this session, we’ll be applying some of the principles used by the Crisis Care Team of Virginia Baptist Disaster Response to care for the spiritual and emotional needs of disaster survivors to talk about ways to care well for our neighbors in this unique and on-going disaster the entire world is facing. We’ll focus on ways to listen well, respond empathetically, and encourage people in ways that connect them with the love of God and God’s people in meaningful ways.

"Live Streaming: Tools Anyone Can Use to Become a Pro"

Panelists: Ed Baber, Jim Barbour, and Lindsay Ray

Description:
A panel discussion for live streaming – getting it out there: setup, equipment, platform(s), recording, encoding, copyrights, engagement, challenges.

More videos coming soon!