PLENARY 1 (Friday, 6:30p): ONE LORD -- In this opening session, we'll be led in worship by the One Voice Worship Team, featuring Logan Bloom and a host of worship leaders from Central Arkansas. Speakers include Noemi Chavez (Pastor, 7th St. Church, Long Beach), Harold Nash (Pastor, Fellowship North), Georgia Mjartan (Executive Director, Our House), Harry Li (Pastor, Mosaic LR) and Naeem Fazal (Pastor, Mosaic Charlotte). Prayer by Ben Parkinson, (Pastor, Fellowship LR)
PLENARY 2 (Saturday, 8:30a): ONE FAITH -- Saturday morning is packed! You'll hear from Mark DeYmaz (Founding Pastor of Mosaic Church LR and the Mosaix Global Network), Chuck Monan (Pastor, Pleasant Valley Church of Christ), Rod Cooper, (Professor, Gordon Conwell Seminary), Naeem Fazal (Pastor, Mosaic Charlotte) and Noemi Chavez (Pastor, 7th St. Church, Long Beach). Professor John Kirk (UALR Institute on Race and Culture) will also provide an overview of his workshop, "What a Historian Wished Every Church in Central Arkansas Understood About Our City." We will also recognize Friendly Chapel and Agape Church for their pioneering efforts in pursuing unity and diversity for the past forty years.
PLENARY 3 (Saturday, 2:30p): ONE HOPE -- The closing session is exceptional, as Alberto Alcacio, (Pastor, Iglesia Mosaico LR), Chris Beard (Pastor, Peoples Church Cinncinnati), and Steven Bell (Pastor, Otter Creek Community) will discuss our common hope for the Church in the city and beyond. In addition, Mark DeYmaz (Pastor, Mosaic Church) will host a panel discussion entitled, "Left, Center and Right: Worshipping Together with Those that Voted Differently Than You," featuring Senator Joyce Elliott, (Democrat, Arkansas State Legislature), Deputy Director Ralph Hudson (Republican and Gov Asa Hutchinson Appointee, Arkansas Department of Labor) and Eli Chaparro (Judge, Social Security Administration and Chairman of the Elders, Mosaic Church LR) talking candidly about putting aside differences to walk, work and worship God together as one in the local church for the sake of the gospel in an increasingly diverse and cynical society. Don't miss it!
These workshops will challenge your thinking and help you re-think methodologies and strategies for your church to engage the more pressing issues of our day. Meant to be practical and encouraging, these intensive sessions bring together the best practices found within Central Arkansas and beyond. Each workshop is meant to cover one aspect of the spiritual, social or economic philosophy of a holistic approach to community transformation.
SESSION A: (10:30-11:45a)
Challenges In Diversity In Traditional Churches - In this workshop, you'll hear from two local pastors, Ernest Thomas (Pastor, St. Mark Baptist) and Chuck Monan (Pastor, Pleasant Valley Church of Christ) who will compare and contrast the challenges of building kingdom diversity into a traditional setting. Each has its unique challenges with core issues that are surprisingly the same. (Spiritual)
African American Led Multi-Racial Churches: The Latest Research - In this insightful and intriguing workshop, Mondonico Williams (Pastor, Pursuit Church, Memphis) presents his latest doctoral research highlighting the current challenges facing African American Lead Pastors in a multiethnic environment. He also unveils an assessment tool that evaluates the strength of multi-ethnic culture within a church or organization. (Spiritual, Social)
Five Models of Community Development Corporations (CDC's) - In this workshop, Drew Davis (The Dream Center, New Life Church), Spring Hunter (Conway Ministry Center, 2nd Baptist Conway), Deborah Bell (Better Community Development, Inc, Theresa Hoover United Methodist Church), Keith Lape (River City Ministries, River City Church) and Jesse Wilson (Vine and Village, Mosaic Church) will discuss the different approaches they have used to build separate 501(c)(3)'s that focus on community development. Moderated by Georgia Mjartan. (Social, Economic)
Broaching Potentially Volatile Topics In a Church Setting - Want to know how to discuss hot topics in a Christlike manner within a church setting? Woodson Walker from the Racial, Cultural and Diversity Circle and Frank LeBlanc from Westover Hills Pres will host this workshop discussing some of the methods and practices that have unified their participants around some of the more volatile issues of our day. (Spiritual, Social)
What A Historian Wishes Every Church in Central Arkansas Knew About Our History (Part II) - In this continuation of Dr. John Kirk's (UALR Professor of History and Director of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity) plenary teaser, go deeper into Little Rock's past to uncover some of the substantive issues currently facing our city and how the church can be a part of the solution. (Spiritual, Social)
Why Worship Is The Ulitimate Unifier - Logan Bloom, Founder Arkansas for Christ and Pastor James Wafford, III (Pastor, Mosaic Church) discuss the unifying force of worship along with worship leaders from Central Arkansas. With heaven as our reference, this workshop deconstructs worship from a theological perspective and reveals what motivates a true heart of worship. (Spiritual)
Hispanics I (in Spanish): Q&A with an Immigration Specialist - With the all the rumors and controversy around the immigration issue, join Steve Sanford (Founder and Immigration Specialist, Evangelical Alliance for Immigration Services) for an informative discussion about what is and is not happening, and how the latest Executive Orders have impacted those around us. Steve is the son of former missionaries to Ecuador and Cuba and a fluent Spanish speaker. Hosted by Rafael Estrella (Pastor, Iglesia Mosaico) (Social)
Hispanos I (en español): Preguntas y respuestas con un especialista en el área de inmigración. Con todos los rumores y controversias en torno a la cuestión de la inmigración, únase a Steve Sanford, fundador y Especialista en Inmigración certificado, de la Alianza Evangélica para Servicios de Inmigración, para una discusión informativa sobre lo que está y lo que no está sucediendo, y cómo las últimas Órdenes Ejecutivas han impactado a los que nos rodean. Steve es hijo de ex misioneros en Ecuador y Cubay habla español con fluidez. Presentado por Pastor Rafael Estrella, Iglesia Mosaico.
Race and Law Enforcement: A Substantive Discussion On A Very Complex Issue - Join Kenton Buckner (Chief, LRPD) and Phil Fletcher (Founder and Executive Director, City of Hope Outreach Conway), as they unpack some of the complexities facing law enforcement, public safety, poverty and urban youth in a manner that is respectful, yet thought-provoking. Gain understanding beyond the five second sound bite and learn what the church can do to help be a part of the solution. (Social)
How the Church Can Better Support Transracial Adoption and Foster Care Families: An Honest Discussion - Join Mary Carol Pederson (Founder, The Call) and Caryl Watson and Christie Erwin (Founders of Project Zero) as they lead a frank, but much needed discussion about the unique challenges of families who have adopted or fostered transracially. Also included in the discussion will be representatives from families who have experienced firsthand, the daunting challenges and redemptive qualities of this tremendous cross-cultural experience. (Spiritual, Social)
Session B: (1:00-2:30p)
Strategic Partnerships for Community Development - How and why are businesses, healthcare providers, government and nonprofits partnering with churches to affect real community transformation? Come and hear from Mike Perkins (VP, Baptist Health), Shamim Okolloh (Community Relations, Arkansas Food Bank), Frank Scott, Jr., (VP, First Security Bank) and Eric Buckner (CEO and Founder, 10Fitness) as they conduct a panel session on the importance of these innovative strategic partnerships from all sectors of society (church, government, nonprofit, healthcare, marketplace, financial) working together for the common good. Moderated by Mark DeYmaz (Founding Pastor, Mosaic Church) (Spiritual, Social & Economic)
What Would You Do and Say: On Becoming A Unifying Leader - Leading Professional Consultant, Jon Harrison (Founder and CEO of VIP2 Consulting) and Paulette Lawson (HR Manager, FamilyLife) will facilitate a fast-moving, group-think type discussion meant to get you processing realistic and complex diversity-related scenarios through a different lens. If you've ever wanted to add some principles, tools and techniques meant to help you navigate even the touchiest of situations in the church or workplace, this workshop was designed for you. (Social, Economic)Challenges of Diverse Youth Ministry - In this workshop, Student Pastors, Cai Lane (Mosaic LR), Nick Colthorp (Mosaic Conway), Dante Shelton (First United Methodist Church of Maumelle) and John Withrow (Otter Creek Assembly of God) will discuss the unique challenges of building Student Ministries that are ethnically and socio-economically diverse. (Spiritual)
Where to Begin: Engaging Cross-culturally - Building trust in a community takes much prayer, patience and persistence. Bill Elliff (Pastor, Summit Church) chronicles how the Summit Church was led to minister in the Baring Cross neighborhood. Some of their first urban missionaries, Ken and Janey Lumley (Summit Church), began their journey by relocating into the neighborhood in April 2015 and engaging people through prayer as they walked the streets. Hear what they've learned and how God has been leading powerfully in their midst. Also highlighted is a dinner club strategy through the Tyler Street Opportunity Center. Hear LaShanna Bruce (Director, Passport to Success) and Ray Williams (Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church LR) discuss an innovative dinner strategy that is breaking down barriers, building cross-cultural understanding and bearing fruit in one of Little Rock's most vulnerable neighborhoods. (Spiritual, Social)
Worshiping In Diverse Styles - Very few topics bring about more controversy in the church than worship styles. Come and hear from Worship Pastors and Leaders, James Wafford, III (Mosaic LR), Shane Warbington (Fellowship NLR), Logan Bloom (One Voice, Arkansas for Christ) and Dena Nash (Fellowship NLR)and other worship leaders from around the city as they discuss the principles behind leading diverse congregations into the presence of the Lord. (Spiritual)
Different Approaches for Transitioning Churches - Join Pastor Harold Nash, Pastor Steven Bell, and Pastor Chris Beard for an open discussion on their approaches to transitioning their churches. Each church (Fellowship Bible North Little Rock, Otter Creek Community Church and The Peoples Church) have approached diversifying their churches in different, yet uniquely effective forms which has led to significant gains in kingdom diversity within their congregations. (Spiritual)
Conflict or Culture Clash?! - How many offenses and conflicts are simply misunderstandings about culture? Join Rodney Cooper (Professor, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary) as he discusses how various cultural groups perceive conflict, and how to navigate varying interpersonal communication styles to bring about Christ-like resolution to the messiest of situations. (Spiritual, Social)
Hispanics II (English, translated into Spanish): Q&A with LRPD Chief of Police, Kenton Buckner. Chief Buckner is eager to meet with local Hispanic congregations and answer any questions you may have about local law enforcement attitudes and strategies related towards recent Executive Orders. Hosted by Alberto Alcacio. (Social)
Hispanos II (Inglés, traducido al español): Preguntas y respuestas con el Jefe de Policía de LRPD, Kenton Buckner. El Jefe Buckner está ansioso por reunirse con las congregaciones hispanas locales y responder a cualquier pregunta que pueda tener sobre las actitudes locales de la policía y las estrategias relacionadas con los recientes Órdenes Ejecutivas. Presentado por Pastor Alberto Alcacio.
* Subject to change.