Attend #Sharper2019 (Here’s Why)

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Sharper! Ministry Conference of the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) is kicking off this weekend and will be packed with opportunities to learn, network and be sharpened in ministry.

Have you registered for the #Sharper2019 conference nearest you?

There is still time! And if you’re thinking that you might be too busy or that it’s not for you, here are the top five reasons Executive Director Treasurer Tommy Green thinks you should come:

Number 5: It’s an opportunity to network with like-minded ministers.

Sharper! brings together ministry leaders in your area who are likely experiencing the same struggles you are.

Iglesia Global in Miami Gardens will be hosting Sharper! in Spanish and will focus on doing ministry as a bilingual church in today’s context.

Emanuel Roque, Hispanic church catalyst of the FBC, encourages Hispanic pastors to invite their church leaders—of all generations– to attend #Sharper2019 to be better equipped to do ministry in the present and the future.

To register click here.

Lunch is included.

Number 4: You’ll be learning from churches that are reaching their areas for Christ.

Sometimes hearing things from a different perspective can give you a fresh idea to try in your own ministry context.

Ted Traylor, lead pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola and the host of one of the two Sharper! conferences in West Florida, is a fan of Sharper! because it fosters “collaboration with other church leaders that allows for you to encourage and equip others.”

Erik Cummings, pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Carol City, put it this way: Sharper! will allow him “to consider other best practices that may enhance my work within my context.”

Number 3: Fellowship through Sharper! reminds us that we are better together.

As Southern Baptists, we know cooperation is key and one of the things we do best. Just as iron sharpens iron, together we can be better and do more than we can alone.

Cummings sees it as an opportunity “to fellowship with others who are seeking to raise the standard in their ministries.”

The Sharper! conference at New Life is March 7th and will key in on innovative ways to grow almost every ministry in your church from social and community ministries to sports evangelism and students and children. Dinner will be provided.

Number 2: Sharper! provides encouragement to press on in ministry.

Ministry can be hard. Who better to encourage you then those experiencing similar difficulties?

Traylor appreciates that Sharper! provides “an opportunity to fellowship around ministry discussion.”

Olive’s Sharper! conference is March 7th and will center around the theme ‘REVITALIZE – Renew – Refresh – Restore and will also be providing lunch.


Number 1: Sharper! allows us to continue to grow in our ministry calling through the sharing and receiving of fresh ideas and practices in ministry.

Cummings said he is looking forward to being encouraged and strengthened and for his staff and volunteers to be refreshed and revived.

“Sharper! strengthens the work of churches through pulling back the curtain and in a transparent manner learning from other churches,” said Green.

Ready to register for #Sharper2019? There may still be time! Click here to find the location nearest you!

By Keila Diaz and Nicole Kalil, Florida Baptist Convention, February 22, 2019

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