We are just a little over a week before our HALFTIME Men’s Conference ’12 (Saturday, September 8th). We are praying for all those who will be attending and participating, and expecting God to do something awesome in, through, and among us as men. If you and the men of your church have yet to register, I hope that seeing our lineup of breakout session classes and speakers will encourage you to do so (Coach Carter will be our main closing session speaker this year). Our focus for this year is Humility. As you peruse the descriptions, you will see this thematic thread woven throughout each class.
Fighting Pride (Presenter: Pastor Burley Hudson, Senior Pastor of Greater Emmanuel Baptist Church)
We are in a fight against pride, gentlemen. Many men have been knocked down and some even knocked out by this opponent. But we can come out on top. Learn the ways in which pride attacks and more importantly how we – in Jesus, through the Spirit and according to the Word – can daily defeat it in our lives.
The Husband Combine: Assessing (and Developing) Your Marriage Leadership Game (Presenter: Dr. Maurice Pugh, Senior Pastor of New Life Fellowship Church)
Combines are all about assessing a player’s skill set and how well he plays his position. What about when it comes to your position as the head of your wife? How well do you play your position? How do you stack up in the category of humility with your wife? This class will help you to assess and develop your humility rating as a husband, so that you can live with and lead your wife in a way that benefits her and glorifies God through Jesus.
Coaching Like a Jerk or Like Jesus? (Presenter: Pastor Craig White, Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Christ)
If someone were asked to describe how you are as a coach, that is, as a leader, CEO, manager, Pastor, director, father, boss, etc., would they say you lead like a Jerk, a man full of sinful pride, or like Jesus, a man who exemplifies humility in leadership? This class will explore the two and will encourage you to lead in a way that reflects Jesus.
Obey the Refs (Presenter: Pastor Ed Johnson III, Assoc. Pastor of Christian Education, The Antioch Church)
Refs are on the field or court to protect the integrity of the game, but also for the benefit of the players. They do this by enforcing rules and penalties. But there are times in which players refuse to obey. They become prideful and decide to do their own thing. And it never turns out well. As it is in sports, so it is in life. This class will teach you as a man how God expects for you to relate to those who are in authority over you.
Most Valuable Player: Handling Success and Popularity with Humility (Presenter: Pastor Bryan Carter, Senior Pastor of Concord Church)
There is something about success and popularity that gives rise to the temptation to get the “big head.” This class will help you to not lose your mind while in the spotlight, to remember who is responsible for your success as well as why God allowed you to achieve it.
Respect the HEAD Coach (Presenter: Pastor Stephen Brown, Senior Pastor of Greater Bethlehem BC)
Who is the HEAD Coach of the Christian life? It is our great God and Savior! Do you know Him? Do you know what He is like, that is, His attributes? This class will teach you His perfect characteristics, which will leave you resolved to respect Him through grace-endowed obedience.
Sex Games?(Presenter: Dr. Charles Martin, Senior Pastor of Union Missionary BC)
Sexual sin is far from a game. It is nothing to play with! But men unfortunately continue to treat it as such. The Porn industry, teen pregnancy, rape, prostitution, sex trafficking, molestation, etc. are just some of the negative effects in our world today, much of which is due to men and their sexual sin. It’s time to quit playing and to get serious about this. This class will confront sexual sin head on and will point you to Jesus who is the only solution to man’s sexual defeat and defiance.
Coaches’ Corner: Recruiting Men to Jesus and His Church (Senior Pastors Only – Presenter: Dr. Karry D. Wesley, Senior Pastor of the Antioch Church)
It is true that there are many men who are playing for the Enemy’s team. But there are also plenty of men who are on Jesus’ team, but are sitting on the bench when it comes to being actively engaged in a growing relationship with Jesus, on mission, and in service to the church. As Assistant Coaches to the HEAD Coach (Jesus), He has given us the task of coaching these men to get off the bench and on to the field. In this special session for Senior Pastors, Dr. Karry D. Wesley (Sr. Pastor of the Antioch Church) will share with you biblical principles and practical methodologies that God has graced Antioch to employ to fulfill that assignment.
The Injured Reserved List (Special Session for High School Students – Presenters: Coach Ken Carter and Pastor Robert Purvey, Assoc. Pastor of High School Students and Young Adults of the Antioch Church)
A lot of young men are finding themselves sidelined in the game of life due to one major self-inflicted injury: Pride. This injury has caused young guys to lose privileges, jobs, scholarships, relationships, friendships, opportunities and most importantly their connection with God. It is an age-old injury that has plagued humanity since the beginning. Coach Carter will spend time helping our young men to identify the ways pride shows up in their lives and most of all to help them follow the only one who remains undefeated against it; the epitome of humility – Jesus the Christ! Pastor Robert Purvey will host a talk back session afterwards.
To register, log on to http://www.afmbc.org. The cost of the conference is only $10…and that includes lunch (High School Students, 9th to 12th graders, get in FREE. Call 972-228-2420 to register them)! See you next week!