Sowing for the Kingdom

Dr. Terry Johnsson
Executive Director for Mission Integration
Adventist Health
Keynote & Seminar

Terry Lyndon Johnsson was the first African-American from the state of Oregon to serve as United States Air Force Presidential Honor Guard at the White House for three Presidents. His story is nothing short of a miracle, considering he was diagnosed with an extreme case of dyslexia as a young man. He went on to earn two undergraduate degrees, a masters degree, and a doctorate at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. His full story can be found in his books, “For His Honor” and “Aim High.” Terry is Vice President of Mission Integration for the Pacific Northwest Region for Adventist Health in Portland, Oregon. In addition, he recently founded a non-profit high school mentoring program called Student Healthcare Leaders.

Sunday 7:00 p.m. – Pike 2 & 3
“The Power of Words”
Our words make a difference. They can either inspire or destroy others. Learn about the importance of choosing your words carefully as a leader.

Monday 10:15 a.m. – Bixby 2
“The Power of Your Story”
Each of us has a personal story that can help influence other people. Learn how you can craft your own.

Monday 2:15 p.m. – Bixby 2
“The Importance of Knowing Your Personal Story”
How you can use your personal story to help others.

Kara Johnsson
Associate Pastor,
Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church
Portland, OR

“Morning Manna” & Seminar Presenter
Sowing for the Kingdom: Building a discipleship culture in your congregation.

Kara Johnsson is passionate about building communities who experience God’s Kingdom now by sharing life together and being a blessing in the wider community. She is currently the interim co-lead pastor of Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist church in Portland, Oregon. Originally from Australia, she is married to Terry Lyndon Johnsson and they love the adventure of a life journeyed with God. 

Monday 8:30 a.m. – Pike 2 & 3
“Thoughts from Esther” Part 1 

Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – Pike 2 & 3
“Thoughts from Esther” Part 2 

Tuesday 10:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. (Repeated) – Bixby 2
“Hospitality and God’s Kingdom”
This seminar explores the Biblical grounds for hospitality and shares practical ways that this ministry supports both discipleship and evangelism.

BJ Boles
Senior Pastor
Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church
Las Vegas, NV

Seminar Presenter
Growing the Church in the challenging, contemporary context of Las Vegas and the lessons you can apply to your ministry.

BJ Boles serves as the Senior Pastor of the Mountain View Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is experiencing incredible Holy Spirit growth. While serving the majority of his service years as a pastor, he has also served as a missionary, teacher and evangelist. His undergraduate degrees are in Religion, Psychology and Behavioral Science from Southern Adventist University. He holds masters and doctoral degrees from Andrews University.  

Monday 10:15 a.m. – Bixby 1
“Transforming Your DNA”
What is your congregation’s spiritual DNA? Learn how to cast a new revolutionary vision within your church, transform your congregation’s mindset and develop a team approach to bring true success. Explore the competing missions dividing the Seventh-day Adventist church today and focus on the one Great Commission. 

Monday 2:15. p.m. – Bixby 1
“Diversifying Your Approach”
How do we redefine evangelism for the current generation? Explore how to implement new approaches to outreach without starting a civil war within your congregation. Examine the good in both old and new approaches for healthy church growth. Learn to adapt and energize the Adventist message to be creative, powerful and contemporary. 

Tuesday 10:15 a.m. – Bixby 1
“Feeding Your Sheep”
Are your sheep starving? Learn how to assess, understand and respond to the spiritual condition of all those in your church. Observe how to build on what is working and transform that which is not. Understand the principle of expansion without intimidation, threats or replacement. Explore the beauty of a buffet approach to nurture and worship.

Tuesday 2:15. p.m. – Bixby 1
“Maximizing Your Potential”
Why are many churches stuck with unchanged or declining attendance, baptisms and tithe? Understand that growth is a result not a goal and how financial challenges are not about money. Learn how to increase the longevity and impact of the sermon. Move from compartmentalized outreach to “total evangelism.” 

Ray Tetz
Director of Communication & Community Engagement
Pacific Union Conference

Seminar Presenter
Strategic planning for growth and discipleship in your community and church.

Ray Tetz is the Pacific Union Director of Communication and Community Engagement, and has served the church as a strategic communication specialist for more than 30 years. He has a hands-on approach to marketing and production, and is involved on a daily basis in all elements of media creation, marketing, and production.

Monday 10:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. (Repeated) – Bixby 3
“Five Essentials in Marketing Your Ministry”
How do you effectively market your ministry, creating a distinctive “Brand” for your members, visitors, and community? Learn how just five marketing essentials can be used to enhance your ministry activities, and yield greater effectiveness and impact.

Tuesday 10:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. (Repeated) – Bixby 3
How do you develop strategies and programs that will break through to new levels of service and impact? Are there specific methods for assessing the strengths and assets that you can use to respond to both needs and opportunities? Start here.

Jose Cortes
Associate Director of Ministerial Department
North American Division
Columbia, MD

Seminar Presenter & Plenary Session Speaker
Church planting strategies for your community.

Jose Cortes, Jr., serves as Associate Ministerial Director for Evangelism for the North American Division with responsibility for outreach, transformational evangelism, global mission, church planting, church growth, and “Mission to the Cities” in North America. He earned his Master of Divinity from Andrews University. Next to God and family, his greatest joy and passion come from ministry. Jose has over 25 years of service as pastor, evangelist, church planter, and conference and union departmental director.

Tuesday 7:00 p.m. – Pike 2 & 3
“Sowing Seeds of Compassion for the Kingdom”
Evangelistic preaching without compassion is spam. Effective sowing for the Kingdom cannot be done without the genuine love of God and compassion of Jesus. Disinterested benevolence is at the core of speaking the language of the people God has entrusted us to reach and disciple.

Larry Witzel
Founder & President
Vancouver, WA

Seminar Presenter
Social media for evangelism marketing and using innovation in ministry.

Larry Witzel, Founder and President of SermonView Evangelism Marketing, is a respected innovator with a passion for harnessing technology for ministry. A former pastor, Larry has over 20 years of marketing and public relations experience, both inside and outside the Church. Larry has a BA in theology and mass media from Walla Walla University, and earned his MBA with concentrations in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. He is an elder and musician at his local church and serves on the Oregon Conference Executive Committee.

Monday 10:15 a.m. & Tuesday 2:15 p.m. (Repeated) – Bixby 4
“Principles of Innovation”
The world is changing faster than ever! We have to change our methods, too, without diluting the Truth. In this seminar, you’ll learn a process for innovation and discovery that you can use to grow your ministry effectiveness. Uncover the questions you should ask and the key steps you must take to innovate successfully. Plus, you’ll learn the secret for turning failure into success. Whether you consider yourself a creative innovator or defender of the tried-and-true, you’ll leave this seminar with practical tools you can use to improve your ministry effectiveness.

Monday 2:15 & Tuesday 10:15 a.m. (Repeated) –Bixby 4
“Effective Social Media for Evangelism Marketing”
Social media works! In this webinar, Larry Witzel will discuss: (1) using your church’s Facebook Page to promote events to your members; (2) leveraging your member’s social circles to build awareness; (3) harnessing a two-step paid advertising tactic that generates seat registrations and Bible study requests. You’ll come away with some specific actions you can take to add social media to your evangelism marketing strategy.

Jim Ayars
Senior Pastor
Ventura Seventh-day Adventist Church
Ventura, CA

Seminar Presenter
Engaging your community and evangelism lectures made simple.

Jim Ayars has served congregations in Indiana and Michigan and is currently pastor of the Ventura, California, Church. He was called to serve The Voice of Prophecy as bass singer in The King’s Heralds Quartet, and as a research assistant for the broadcast and Bible School. His post-graduate doctoral studies were in Systematic Theology, emphasizing Evidentiary Apologetics. From these studies, he developed an effective evangelistic series entitled “Foundations for Faith.” Jim is a member of the Society for Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Society, the Association of Confessing Evangelicals, and is President of the Ventura Interfaith Ministerial Association.

Monday 2:15 p.m. – Broadlind 2
“The Art of Wall-Busting: Bridging Barriers between Adventism and the Wider Community”
What does it take to remove barriers resistant to our vital contributions to the Body of Christ? This seminar examines Ellen White’s counsels on how to do this, and explores examples of how the Apostles in their time crossed the barriers to faith in Jesus Christ. Included will be examples of how the Gospel found ancient connections within whole cultures, and thereby transformed them.

Tuesday 2:15 p.m. – Broadlind 2
“The Three Angels’ Messages Made Simple: Recovering the Core of Apostolic Preaching for the 21st Century”
What was the content of the preaching of the Apostles? What was it that the Holy Spirit emphasized as these men of God carried the Gospel to the Mediterranean world? How do the Three Angels’ Messages fit into that message? What is it in the Three Angels’ Messages that especially touches our current generation and leads them permanently into the Adventist community of faith?

Roy Ice
Quiet Hour Ministries
Redlands, CA

Seminar Presenter & Plenary Session Speaker
Inspire local service through mission service and how to choose a mission trip for your congregation.

Roy Ice is the Pastor for Resource Development at the Loma Linda University Church. He also serves as the Associate Speaker for Quiet Hour Ministries because of his passion for missionary evangelism. He is the author of the book, “12 Things to Try While You’re Still Mortal” which climbed to the #1 Bestseller spot on Amazon Kindle Religious Books in July of 2015.  

Monday 2:15 p.m. & Tuesday 2:15 p.m. (Repeated) – Broadlind 1
“How to Sow and Grow Your Church through Mission Trips”
Energize your relationships within your church. Boost your church’s energy and sense of momentum. Revive apathetic members, and witness the contagious spirit of the Gospel help to grow your local congregation through the bonding experience of doing a short-term evangelistic mission trip. Learn how to accomplish these goals using the turnkey resources from Quiet Hour Ministries.

Monday 7:00 p.m. – Pike 2 & 3
“The Unpardonable Sower” 
What is God’s method of sowing, and what is the unpardonable sin? These may seem like two unrelated questions, but when we take a closer look we can see that they are deeply intertwined. Jesus spoke directly, passionately and forcefully about what it means to be an unpardonable sower. Christ’s challenging words could not possibly ring more poignant and true than to us, his faithful sowers, today.

Cesar DeLeon
Vice President for Hispanic Ministries & Director of Ministerial and Evangelism,
North Pacific Union
Ridgefield, WA

Plenary Session Speaker

Cesar DeLeon is Vice President of the North Pacific Union for Hispanic Ministries, Ministerial, Evangelism, and Global Missions. He holds a Master of Divinity from Andrews University, a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy from the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Before coming to his current position, he served for almost 30 years of ministry in the Pacific Union as a pastor and conference ministerial/evangelism director.

Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – Pike 2 & 3
“Inside the Skin of the Christian Community”
What are the fundamental components of a Christian community? This message will explore the elements of being truly faithful as a gathering of God’s people.

Walter Castro
Associate Director for Church Planting & Volunteer Lay Pastors
Florida Conference

Plenary Session Speaker
Walter Castro has served in ministry for 22 years as a literature evangelism director, district pastor, church planter and multilingual director. He currently works in the Florida Conference as Associate Director for Church Planting and Volunteer Lay Pastors. Walter has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree.

Monday 10:15 a.m. – Nieto
“Disipulado: el Ingrediente Vital Para Plantar Iglesias”

Monday 3:30 p.m. – Nieto
“Como Plantar unable Iglesia Saludable: Desde la A hasta la Z”

Tuesday 10:15 a.m. – Nieto
“The Ministry of Volunteer Lay Pastors”

Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – Nieto
“El Ministerio de los Pastores Voluntarios Laicos”

Steve Leddy
Church Planting Director for Multicultural Ministries
Greater New York Conference

Plenary Session Speaker

Steve Leddy is the Greater New York Conference (GNYC) Church Planting Director for Multicultural Ministries. The GNYC has a goal to plant 100 churches in the next 5 years. Steve has personally planted 6 churches and has been a church planter for 20 years.

Monday 10:15 a.m. – Wilmore
“A-Z of Church Planting: How to Start a Healthy Church”

Monday 3:30 p.m. – Nieto
“Como Plantar unable Iglesia Saludable: Desde la A hasta la Z”

Tuesday 10:15 a.m. – Nieto
“Lecciones Practicas y Recursos Necesarios en la Plantacion de Iglesias”

Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – Wilmore
“Practical Lessons and Resources for Church Planting”

Anthony Wagenersmith
Associate Director
NAD Evangelism Institute

Plenary Session Speaker

Anthony WagenerSmith is Associate Director at the North American Division Evangelism Institute and Professor of Christian Ministry at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He pastored and planted churches in the Florida Conference, has a doctorate in Missional Church Planting, and equips people and organizations to develop mission-shaped support systems.

Monday 10:15 a.m. – Nieto
“Disipulado: el Ingrediente Vital Para Plantar Iglesias”

Monday 3:30 p.m. – Wilmore
“Discipleship: the Key to Planting Churches”

Tuesday 10:15 a.m. – Nieto
“Lecciones Practicas y Recursos Necesarios en la Plantacion de Iglesias”

Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – Wilmore
“Practical Lessons and Resources for Church Planting”