2017 Missouri Baptist Pastor’s Conference
The 2017 Missouri Baptist Pastor’s Conference is Oct. 23 at Connection Point Church in Raytown, Mo. Conference President Christian Abernatha, next generation pastor of First Baptist Church, Macon, has announced a slate of outstanding speakers including Matt Kearns, making disciples catalyst for the Missouri Baptist Convention; Greg Stier, founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries; and Dr. Alvin Reid, professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Matt Kearns is the Making Disciples Catalyst for the Missouri Baptist Convention. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that lead Missouri Baptists to make followers of Jesus, model their lives after Him, and obey His command to help others become disciples of Christ. He oversees the group providing strategic leadership, training, and resources to assist present and future MBC churches in making disciples.
A native of Festus, Mo., Kearns received a B.S. degree in mass communications / public relations from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He served in local church youth ministry for 14 years and also worked at the North American Mission Board on the Student Evangelism team. He has served on the MBC missionary staff since 2005.
Besides his passion for making disciples, Kearns is an avid sports enthusiast, loves to read, and is a huge Cardinals fan! He and his wife, Julie, reside in Jefferson City, Mo.
Alvin L. Reid serves as professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has been since 1995. He also is the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism.
Reid has spoken at a variety of conferences in almost every state and on four continents, including more than 2,000 churches, colleges, conferences and events. He has written extensively on evangelism, missional Christianity, spiritual awakening, and student ministry.
His passion is to equip leaders for the coming generation who will change the world for the glory of God and the sake of the gospel. He speaks extensively to churches and leaders on the subjects of disciple making, revival, and missional ways to reach the West, as well as to college students and youth on living for Christ.
Reid holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Seminary and a B.A. from Samford University. He serves as director of the Young Professionals Ministry at Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest, N.C.
Reid and his wife Michelle have two married children.
Greg Stier leads a ministry that has equipped hundreds of thousands of teenagers to relationally and relentlessly share the gospel of Christ. As a former church planter and pastor, Stier believes in the power and potential of the church to transform entire cities with the gospel. A former youth leader, he is committed to seeing this transformation erupt from the next generation.
Stier is the author of 13 books and numerous articles. He has appeared on CNN, CBN, TBN, Focus on the Family and several national radio programs. He is a regular contributor to the Christian Post, Churchleaders.com and Group Magazine. He has been a featured speaker at Promise Keepers, Youth Specialties, Creation Festival, LifeFest and The Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism.
He and his wife, Debbie, have two children and reside in Arvada, Colo.
- 08:40 – Pre-Session Music
- 09:00 – Welcome and Introduction – Christian Abernatha
- 09:05 – Worship
- 09:15 – Sermon – Matt Kearns
- 09:50 – Prayer – Jeff Anderson
- 09:52 – Worship
- 10:00 – Speaker Introduction – Matt Kearns
- 10:03 – Sermon – Greg Stier
- 10:40 – Prayer & Offering – Chris Williams
- 10:50 – Break
- 11:03 – Sponsor – Tyler Foster
- 11:10 – Speaker Introduction – Greg Stier
- 11:13 – Worship
- 11:20 – Sermon – Alvin Reid
- 12:00 – Closing Prayer & Dismissal – Christian Abernatha
- 01:15 – Pre-Session Music
- 01:30 – Welcome and Introduction – Alvin Reid
- 01:33 – Teaching – Matt Kearns
- 02:08 – Prayer
- 02:10 – Worship
- 02:15 – Teaching – Alvin Reid
- 02:45 – Prayer & Offering – Chris Williams
- 02:50 – Break
- 03:00 – Special Music
- 03:05 – Election of Officers
- 03:15 – Worship
- 03:20 – Teaching – Greg Stier
- 03:50 – Prayer – Jeff Anderson
- 03:53 – Sponsor – Tyler Foster
- 04:15 – Announcement of New Officers / Promo for ’18
- 04:30 – Prayer & Dismissal – Matt Kearns