Sharper Ministry Conference, Florida Baptist Convention, Right Beside You

Sharper Ministry Conference • February 23, 2017

Offered at more than 20 sites.

The demands of ministry can be grueling. Invest the time in yourself to sharpen your tools as a ministry leader. A day of strengthening as ministry peer groups come together to gain fresh perspectives from fellow ministry leaders.

Sharper Ministry Conference • Be Renewed, Be Equipped!

Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges of the day pull you in multiple directions. The dullness takes its toll – forcing us to work harder to maintain the same level of effectiveness as we minister to our congregation and our staff.

Together we can pull back the curtain and gain insight and fresh perspectives from each other. And be encouraged to keep getting better at evangelism, discipleship, prayer, preaching, teaching, leadership…church multiplication, small groups and other critical issues.

Sharper Ministry Conference • Be Challenged, Remain Sharper!

Join ministry leaders at one of more than 20 locations all across Florida for Sharper! Ministry Conference.

Shareper Ministry Convention Florida Location Map

West Florida:  1. Olive, Pensacola  |  2. First, Panama City
North Florida:  3. Thomasville Road, Tallahassee  |  4. Parkview, Lake City  |  5. Westside, Gainesville  |  6. First, Ocala
East Florida:  7. North Jacksonville, Jacksonville  |  8. Anastasia, St. Augustine  |  9. First, Merritt Island10. First, Stuart
Central Florida:  11. First, Mt. Dora  |  12. First, Orlando  |  13. Idlewild, Lutz (North Tampa)|  14. Calvary Church, Clearwater
Southwest Florida:  15. Woodland, Bradenton  | 16. First, Sebring  |  17. South Biscayne, North Port  |  18. First, Naples
Southeast Florida:  19. Family Church, West Palm Beach 20. Church by the Glades, Coral SpringsCancelled due to scheduling conflict
21. Redemption, Pompano Beach | 22. Potential, Fort Lauderdale  |  23. Christ Fellowship, Miami  |  24. Coral Park, Miami
Click here to view or download the conference location list (pdf file).
Click here to view the Sharper video in Spanish.

Be renewed, be equipped, be challenged to remain Sharper!


For more information on each church’s schedule, please click on the church link below:

West Florida: 

1. Olive, Pensacola – Come “be” with Olive Baptist Church for this great one-day conference. Breakout session options include: [BE.LEADING]. Go to for more information and registration.

2. First, Panama City – We will use multiple “tools” God has been using with us to bring “focus” with breakout topics including: • Community Missions • Community Evangelism • Sunday School Small Groups • Discipleship Opportunities • Policies and Procedures • Musicals and Concerts • Big Events, the Family at Play • Planning with Intentionality; Preschool Ministry • Pastoral Care, Caring for the Flock • Planning to Preach • Students Involved • International Ministries. Click HERE to sign up now!

North Florida: 

3. Thomasville Road, Tallahassee – The pastors and staff of Thomasville Road Baptist Church are partnering with the Florida Baptist Convention to bring you the Sharper Conference here at TRBC in Tallahassee for a day of strengthening as ministry peer groups come together to gain fresh perspectives from fellow ministry leaders. The conference is free to all pastors, staff and lay leaders. Go to for more information and registration.

4. Parkview, Lake City – Parkview Baptist Church is pleased to include Dove Award winning musician Grant Norsworthy (formerly of Sonicflood) in our Shaprer! Conference. For more information, schedule, breakout topics and link to register online, please click here:

5. Westside, Gainesville – Be a part of the SHARPER Conference at Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville from 8:00am to 3:30pm. For breakout topic information and to register online, go to:

6. First, Ocala – FBCOcala welcomes you for a day of renewal, equipping and encouragement.  We are excited to share that Dr. Kevin Smith, Executive Director of the Maryland/Delaware Convention will be our guest speaker.  Enjoy times of networking during our Iron Sharpening Iron Peer Groups, gain insight and encouragement from fellow church leaders and walk away feeling challenged and more connected with other leaders in our area.  Pastors, staff and lay leaders are encouraged to attend this free conference.  For more information or to register please visit

East Florida: 

7.  North Jacksonville, Jacksonville – Dr. Reavis will share a word of encouragement and challenge. North Jax ministry staff will be hosting break-out sessions, followed by Q&A and time of fellowship. Workshops will be offered in the following areas:  •  Children  •  Preschool  •  Students  •  Singles  •  Married Adults  •  Music/Sound/Video  •  Administration/Facilities/Food Service  •  Life Groups/Missions/Pastoral Ministries – To Register Click Here

8.  Anastasia, St. Augustine – Pastor West welcomes you to be Sharper in St Augustine. Click here: Anastasia Baptist Church’s Sharper Ministry Conference webpage for more information, the schedule, breakout descriptions and free registration.

9.  First, Merritt Island – We look forward to getting to know you better and enjoying a day of discussion, learning and prayer. To register online and view our complete schedule and breakout sessions, go to:

10. First, Stuart – Join First Baptist Church of Stuart for a day sharpening, learning, reaching people through special events and more. Click here to view their schedule. For more information or to register online click here now or contact Denise or Kim at: or 772-287-7422 ext. 101

Central Florida: 

11. First, Mt. Dora – Breakout sessions will include:  •  Preschool Ministry  •  Children’s Ministry  •  Youth Ministry  •  Education  •  Worship Music – For more information, complete schedule and to register for this great event, click here for First Baptist Church Mount Dora’s Sharper event webpage.

12. First, Orlando – First Baptist Orlando welcomes you to be renewed, encouraged and equipped with their church leaders and staff.  For more information, the schedule and free registration visit:

13. Idlewild, LutzCancelled

14. Calvary Church, Clearwater – Learn how Pastor Willy Rice and the Calvary team develop, execute and communicate ministry vision and strategy. There are 3 great tracks to choose from: Church Ministries, Church Planting and Christian School. In addition, Calvary’s staff will be leading ministry specific discussions/breakouts throughout the day. For more information and to register call (727) 441-1581 X119 or click here:

Southwest Florida: 

15. Woodland, Bradenton – Woodland Community Church is presenting “Effective Church” with three key sessions: Having the Proper Leadership Mindset // Leading with Passion • Leading with Purpose // Developing a Plan • The Process of Communicating to My Community // The Church Team –  For more information and to register for the conference, visit:

16. First, Sebring – First Baptist Church of Sebring (200 E. Center Ave., Sebring 33870) will host the Sharper! Conference from 10 AM until 5 PM, with lunch provided.  The conference will be hosted by our Senior Pastor, Dr. Matt Crawford.  Our conference special guests will be Rev. Sam Rainer, Senior Pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church and President of Rainer Research, as well as Rev. Jordan Richmond, Music and Worship Minister at Idlewild Baptist Church.  Free book resources will be distributed to all attendees!  Please click here to register. Call our office at 863.385.5154 with any questions.  Let’s get Sharper! together.

17. South Biscayne, North Port – Welcome to South Biscayne Church’s Sharper Conference! For more information, complete schedule and list of breakout session, visit:

18. First, Naples – Join First Baptist Church in Naples with a wide selection of ministry workshops. If you are interested in participating in the “SHARPER Ministry Conference” please click here to register online. You may also call Georgia West at 239.596.8600 ext. 250 or email at for more information.

Southeast Florida: 

19. Family Church, West Palm Beach – Family Church is a network of neighborhood churches in South Florida. They will be hosting a Sharper! conference for lead pastors and church staffs who are looking to multiply disciples and churches. Lead Pastor Jimmy Scroggins will cast vision during two large group sessions and workshops will be offered in the following areas:  •  Evangelism & Church Planting Strategies  •  Communication, Assimilation & Groups  •  Worship & Production Arts  •  Leadership Development  •  Family Ministry  –  For more information and free registration visit:

20. Church by the Glades, Coral Springs – Cancelled due to scheduling conflict

21. Redemption, Pompano Beach – Please join Redemption Baptist Church located at: 3501 NE 3rd Ave, Pompano Beach, 33064 from 5:30pm-9:00pm. To register: e-mail or you may contact Pastor Hector Clerveaux at 954-782-3549. Please leave a message giving the name of your group and how many will be attending. Click here to view a flyer with more information and session schedule.

22. Potential Church, Fort Lauderdale – Sessions on church growth and leadership with Q&A, hosted by Troy Gramling and featuring Dan Southerland. RSVP at

23. Christ Fellowship, Miami – For more information, complete schedule and list of breakout session, visit: and click HERE to register now!

24. Coral Park, Miami – Conferencias para Prepararnos Mejor en el Servicio del Reino. Es muy importante que llamen al (305) 559-0241 antes de febrero 20 para reservar espacio para la cena.

Click here to view the Sharper video in Spanish.

For more information or to register for the Sharper! Ministry Conference,
please contact:
Charlene Allen, ministry assistant