Training & Speaking

I’ve created in-person and virtual training for all types of churches across the country, and I would welcome the opportunity to work with you to create a custom event for your church’s group leaders.

A survey of 2544 churches revealed important information about training:  churches that have a regular cadence of training for group leaders grow numerically.

See the list of upcoming and past training events below.


January 7  – South Main Baptist Church, Greenwood SC

January 22 – FBC Pensacola, FL

January 23-24 – Lifeway’s Sunday School Essentials Conference, FBC Pensacola

January 26-27 – Lifeway’s Sunday School Essentials Conference, Tallahassee, FL

February 7 & 9 – Nevada Baptist Convention’s Groups Matter Conference (Las Vegas and Reno)

February 18 – FBC Calhoun, GA

February 20-22 – Branson, MO – Mega-church Educators’ Annual Meeting

March 6-9 – Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Sunday School Still Matters Tour

March 20-24 – Louisiana Baptist Convention (Alexandria and Denham Springs)

April 10-12 – Orlando, FL (D6 Conference speaker)

April 20-21 – DLN (Disciple Leaders’ Network annual meeting/training event, Nashville TN)

April 29 – Parkway Baptist Church, St. Louis

May 1-4 – Arizona Baptist Convention’s “Sunday School & Small Groups Side by Side” conference

May 23-25 – Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia Sunday School training tour

June 5-7 – Associational training event, Mt. Vernon IL

July 17-21 – Black Church Leadership Conference, Black Mountain NC

August 4-5 – Southern Baptists of Texas Convention training event

August 14 – Cumberland Baptist Association training, Tennessee

September 9 – Eastern Hills Baptist Church, Albuquerque NM

September 18-22 – Sunday School Essentials Conference, Colorado (locations TBD)


January 11 – Westside Baptist Church, Jacksonville FL

January 19 – Midwest Leadership Conference – Springfield, IL

January 21 – Eastern Hills Baptist Church, Albuquerque NM

January 23 – Hoffmantown Baptist Church, Albuquerque NM

January 30 – Northbrook Church, Three-Way TN (Jackson area)

February 15-17 – Sunday School Tour w/Virginia Baptist Convention

February – 22 & 23 – Sunday School Essentials Conference, Jackson MS area

March 2-4 – MPact Conference, Helena MT

March 20 – FBC Prattville AL

May 2-4 – Sunday School Essentials Conference, Lawrenceville GA

July 18-22 – Black Church Leadership Conference, Ridgecrest NC

August 13 – Parkway Hills Baptist Church, Plano TX

August 14 – Tabernacle Baptist Church, Springfield IL

August 15-17 – Sunday School Essentials Conference, Illinois Baptist Convention

August 19 – FBC Woodway, Waco TX (McLane Stadium)

August 27 – North Metro Baptist Church, Lawrenceville GA

September 17-18 – Live Oak Baptist Church, Denham Springs LA

October 7-8 – Sunday School Essentials Conference, Hawaii (Oahu)

November 3-4 – Sunday School Essentials Conference, Dallas TX


February 28 – Fair Haven Baptist Church, Shelbyville TN

March 21 – Hoffmantown Baptist Church, New Mexico (virtual training)

March 21 – Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham AL (virtual training)

April 11 – Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham AL (virtual training)

April 18 – Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham AL (virtual training)

April 23-24 – Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola FL (in person)

April 28-29 – Florida Freewill Baptist annual meeting, Jacksonville FL (in person)

June 6 – Hoffmantown Baptist Church, New Mexico (virtual training)

June 7-8 – North Carolina Freewill Baptist annual meeting (in person)

August 12 – S.P.A.R.K. Conference, Georgia (online)

August 22 – Trinity Baptist Church, Manchester TN (in person)

August 29-Sept. 1 – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and area church training (in person)

September 26 – New Vision Baptist Church, Murfreesboro TN

November 14 – Thompson Station Church, Thompson Station TN


January 26 – Forest Hills Baptist Church, Nashville TN

February 16 – Spring Valley Baptist Church, Columbia SC

March 21 – Westside Baptist, Jacksonville FL

March 28-29 – Live Oak Baptist Church, Baton Rouge LA

April 4 – Highland Baptist Church, Redmond, OR

April 16-17 – BACE Conference, Nashville TN

April 25-26 – Redland Baptist Church, Maryland

April 28-May 1 – Virginia Baptist Convention Sunday School Tour

July 20-23 – Black Church Week @ Ridgecrest Conference Center, North Carolina

July 26 – Fair Haven Baptist Church, Shelbyville TN

August 8 – Red Bay, AL

August 15 – Severiville, TN (Tennessee Bapt. Mission Board Sunday School training)

August 22 – Judson Baptist Church, Nashville, TN (Tennessee Bapt. Mission Board Sunday School training)

August 29 – Cleveland, TN (Westwood Bapt. Church) Tennessee Bapt. Mission Board Sunday School training)

September 11-12 – Central Florida Sunday School Training Conference – FBC Dover, FL


February 4-6 – Minister of Education Essentials Conference, Jackson, MS

February 10 – Fair Haven Baptist Church, Shelbyville, TN

February 15-16 – Team West – Portland, OR

March 18 – Family Ministry Conference, Hillcrest Baptist Church, New Albany, MS.

March 23 – FBC Pompano Beach, FL

April 12 – PCPA Spring Meeting, Nashville, TN

April 12-13 – Kingsport, TN

July 14 – FBC Oxford, MS

July 22-25…Black Church Week, Ridgecrest NC

August 4 – Fair Haven Baptist Church Teacher Training, Shelbyville, TN

August 7 – Forest Hills Baptist Church, Nashville TN

August 9-11 – FBC Seguine, TX

August 17 – FBC Garland, TX

August 18 – FBC Kennesaw, GA

September 7 – “Transform” Teacher Training Event, Cape Girardeau, MS

September 8 – Hunter Street Baptist Church, Birmingham AL

September 14 – Central Florida Sunday School Summit, FBC Dover, FL

September 15 – FBC Okeechobee, FL Teacher Training

September 22 – Central Baptist Church, Sanford FL

September 28 – Empower Conference, Longbeach CA

October 6-9 – Rock Springs Baptist Church Sunday School Revival, Greenbriar TN

October 18-20 – Highland Drive Baptist Church, Jonesboro AR

November 1-2, FBC Cassville, MO


February 11 – Fair Haven Baptist Church, Shelbyville TN – Quarterly teacher training event

March 22 – Empowered Discipleship Conference, Lebanon TN

April 28 – On Track Sunday School Training Conference – El Monte, CA

July 28 – Franklin Avenue Baptist Church annual teacher training conference, New Orleans, LA

August 5 – Fair Haven Baptist Church, Shelbyville TN – annual teacher training event

August 12 – Glynbrook Baptist Church, Prattville, AL. – teacher training

August 25 – Cleveland, MS – FBC Cleveland associational Sunday School training

September 22 – Long Beach, CA – Empower Sunday School Conference


January 13 – Temple Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, MS

January 27-28 – Parkview Baptist Church Teacher Retreat/Training, Guntersville, AL

January 29 – Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL

March 14 – Pastor’s Essentials Conference, Nashville TN

March 17-18 – On Track Sunday School Teacher Training – Hendersonville, TN (Nashville area)

March 23 – FBC O’ Fallon, Illinois, Teacher Appreciation Banquet

March 24 – Nortonville Baptist Church – Associational Sunday School Director training, 6:30-9:00PM

March 25 – Nortonville Baptist Church – Teacher Training Conference: Creating Commissioned Community, 8AM-Noon

March 29-31 – BACE Conference, New Orleans

April 28-29 – Northcrest Baptist Church, Meridian MS

June 3 – Sunday School Director’s Retreat: Equip For Excellence, Syracuse NY

July 14-15 – Sunday School Director’s Retreat – Calhoun, Georgia

July 29 – Equip to Excel Conference – Chandler, AZ

August 4-5 – Sunday School Director’s Retreat – Oklahoma City, OK

August 10 – Oklahoma Baptist Convention Minister of Education BETA, Oklahoma City

August 12 – Arizona Baptist Convention – Teacher Tune-Up – Desert Pines, AZ

August 18-19 – Teacher Training – FBC Columbus, MS

August 20 – Teacher Training – Fair Haven Baptist Church – Shelbyville, TN

August 24 – Bonsack Baptist Church Teacher Training – Roanoke, VA

September 18-20, Pastors Essentials Conference – Little Rock, AR

September 28-29 – FBC Pompano Beach, FL – teacher training event


February 19-20 – Tonopah, NV – State Multiplier Training Event

February 25-26 – TEAM  WEST training event – Rapid City, South Dakota

March 6 – FBC Prattville, AL – Teacher training event

April 23 – “Tune Up” training event sponsored by the Cochise Baptist Association and hosted by First Southern Baptist Church, Wilcox, AZ

May 19 – Edgewood Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY. – Teacher Appreciation Banquet

August 7 – FBC Jackson, MS teacher training

August 13 – South Regional Sunday School Conference, Mobile AL

August 20 – Miami, FL -Southeast Florida Bible Study Summit

August 25 – Minister of Education Round Table, Memphis TN

August 27 – Groups Matter Conference, Mississippi State Sunday School Training, Tupelo, MS

August 29-31 – Next Step Up Conference, conference leader

September 17 – Central Florida Sunday School Convention – Tampa, FL

October  7 & 8 – Falls Creek, OK – Sunday School Director’s Retreat & Training

November 11 & 12 – Sacramento, CA – Equip to Excel conference leader


January 24 – 3 Roles for Guiding Groups conference, Murfreesboro, TN, Third Baptist Church

March 6-8   GROW Weekend keynote/workshops/preaching; Harmony Baptist Church, Monroe, GA

March 14 – Missionary Sunday School workshop, FBC Calhoun, GA.

April 19 – Teacher training event, FBC Portland, TN.

July 20-24 – Sunday School Week, Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest NC.

August 2 – Judson Baptist Church teacher training event, Nashville

August 13 – Concord Baptist Association training event (held at Northside Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN)

August 22 – Noonday Baptist Association training event, Atlanta

August 23-25 – Next Step Up Conference, St. Louis, MO.

September 11 – Little Bethel Baptist Association training event, Kentucky

September 18-19 – Southside Baptist Sunday School Conference, Atlanta, GA.

October 24 – Valdosta, GA – National Sunday School Director’s Seminar co-leader


January 18 – Gulf Shores Regional Sunday School Training Conference, Fairhope, AL.

March 8 – Southeast Florida Regional Sunday School Convention, Delray, FL

March 28-29 – TRANSFORM training event, Oklahoma City, OK

April 4 – Rock Springs Baptist Church banquet and training event, Greenbriar TN

April 25-26 – Florida Baptist Convention Regional Sunday School Training

May 2-3, FBC Indian Trail, North Carolina – banquet guest speaker (300+) and Saturday morning adult group leader training

July 18-20 – Ridgecrest Sunday School Weekend, North Carolina

July 25-26 – Mississippi Baptist Convention state training event, Jackson, MS

August 22 – TRANSFORM, St. Louis, MO.

August 24-25 – Next Step Up Conference, St. Louis, MO.


February 21-22TEAM WEST, Boise, Idaho.  2 keynote addresses and 8 hours of workshops related to the new 2013 book Extreme Sunday School Challenge, Bible Studies for Life’s relaunch,  and other general leadership workshops.

May 2-3Missouri Baptist Convention, Jefferson City, MO.

June 24-25Bible Studies For Life Conference, Nashville.  Many of LifeWay’s top 100 BSFL churches will be in town for training in the newly updated Bible Studies For Life curriculum series.

July 19-21Sunday School Weekend, Ridgecrest, NC.

July 22-25Black Church Week, Ridgecrest, NC.

August 4Third Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN

August 9-10Growing Churches Conference, Mississippi.

August 22Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA.

August 25-26Next Step Up Conference, St. Louis, MO.


February 6-7, Dallas-Ft. WorthSBTC (Southern Baptists of Texas Convention) Senior Adult Forum

March 3 – Las Vegas, NVAnnual Sunday School Director’s Summit.  This 3-hour summit will be held at the offices of the Southern Nevada Baptist Association in Las Vegas, NV.  The Summit begins at 9AM and concludes at 12 noon.  I will train Sunday School directors to organize their Sunday schools to reach, assimilate and disciple more people into Nevada churches.

April 21, 2012 – Brentwood, TN – National Sunday School Director’s Seminar.  Held in cooperation with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, this seminar will equip Sunday School directors to lead their Sunday Schools effectively.  This day-long event will be packed full of great principles for leading a Sunday School to become more healthy, and to be postured to grow.

April 28, 2012Louisville, KYTRANSFORM – The goal of the Transform conference is to equip every Bible study teacher to teach God’s Word in a way that brings about transformation in their members’ lives. One of the finest faculties in the nation will come together to provide a day of training for church leaders and Sunday School teachers that could have a life-changing impact on teaching in your church.

May 4-5 – Fresno, CA. – California Southern Baptist Convention – I’ll present 4 hours of training to pastors, Sunday School directors, teachers, and church staff leaders centered around the 2012 book Missionary Sunday School.  Participants will be challenged to think and act differently as they seek to transform their Sunday School leaders and group members into missionaries to the culture.  I’ll conclude the workshops with a session on effectively using the Sunday School to assimilate men, women, boys, and girls into the life of the church.

August 5, 2012Murfreesboro, TN3BC (Third Baptist Church) Annual Teacher Training event.  All Sunday School teachers will receive training from 9AM – Noon.  The focus of the training will be Missionary Sunday School, a new book by David Francis, Director of Sunday School at LifeWay.  Teachers will learn what it means to think and act like missionaries to the culture, and that Sunday School is about three main things:  One Mission, His Story, and Every Person (David’s three main sections in his book).

August 18, 2012 – Peducah, KY – Super Saturday – This workshop is for Sunday School general officers and is a part of the Super Saturday event sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

August 25, 2012 – Union City, TN. – Associational Training Event – I will lead training for all teachers from the local association of Southern Baptist churches to better understand curriculum design and how a curriculum strategy benefits everyone in the church.  I will also host a roundtable with area Ministers of Education and Sunday School Directors.

September 28-29, 2012 – Nashville, TN. – Teach The Bible For Life Conference – The event will be held at the LifeWay Christian Resources headquarters in downtown Nashville with keynote speakers George Guthrie and Gary Bredfelt.  I will present a fast-paced, creative workshop for adult teachers designed to help them design and ask good questions.  The workshop is titled, “Asking Great Questions & Leading Great Discussion” and the premise is that “teaching isn’t telling…learning isn’t listening.”  If you feel stuck in a rut every time you teach, learn how to put another teaching weapon in your arsenal.   I’ll share the top ways to get learners sharing, talking, and learning

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