Baptist Resource Network Annual Business Session and Gathering
Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (plus, dinner)
at Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Book your rooms by midnight on September 11 to secure the special rate!
Shane serves as the National Next Gen Director for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). He and his wife, Kasi, reside in Rockwall, Texas, with their six children – Raygen, Harper, Titus, Morris, Elliot, and Glory. He has been in ministry for over 18 years as a denominational worker, church planter, lead pastor, and student pastor. Shane is also a traveling communicator, evangelist, and Bible teacher. Every year he speaks to over a hundred thousand people about the good news of Jesus Christ. He is the author of 9 Common Lies Christians Believe: And Why God’s Truth Is Infinitely Better, which is available everywhere books are sold. He has also authored many blogs and articles that have been picked up by RELEVANT, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Gospel Coalition, Church Leaders, The Baptist Press, and many others. He is also the co-host of the podcast, Next Gen on Mission (available on podcast platform) and is a monthly guest and contributor on the Point of View Radio Show that airs on over 300 stations nationwide. Shane and his wife, Kasi, were featured as ABC’s Nightly News “Persons of the Week” in August 2017.
Barry has been in ministry for over 30 years, serving as a mission pastor, associate pastor, church planter, pastor, interim pastor, transitional pastor and planter, church planting strategist, lead church planting catalyst, church planting director, and now executive director. Before his calling as Executive Director of the Baptist Resource Network in February 2017, he was a church planting missionary and served as the Multiplying Churches Team Leader for the BRN. Barry, who has planted churches and served on church staffs in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland, says his passion is the local church — to assist and encourage the churches in “reaching the lost [and] discipling the saved.” He seeks to help Pennsylvania/South Jersey Baptists “decrease lostness,” “push back darkness” and “have an impact in our generation for such a time as this.” He and his wife Beth have two daughters and six grandchildren.
Worship led by Seven
Seven is a group of multi-talented musicians from Messiah University who have a heart for ministry, performance and creativity. They write, collaborate, perform concerts and lead worship with great enthusiasm and expression. They represent a wonderful cross-section of the Messiah University community, with members from a variety of academic majors. Seven’s mission is to spread the message of Jesus Christ through musical worship that incorporates each member’s unique gifts and creativity.
Worship led by Sasha & Vita Livantsov, Voices of Ukraine
We are all devastated by the war Russia has waged on Ukraine. Baptist Resource Network churches have dedicated prayer and resources to help Ukrainians who have left their country and resettled around the world. In a powerful display of faith and resiliency, worshippers Sasha & Vita Livantsov of Voices of Ukraine will lead a special time of worship during the closing dinner of the Accelerate Conference. They have been worship leaders for many years in Ukraine. Now God has called them here to be a voice for Ukraine. We will take up a love offering at the dinner to be used to help either with resettling or providing relief for refugees. We also would like to give every conference participant a backpack to fill with items helpful to those endeavors. www.voices4ukraine.org
8:00 a.m.: Registration Opens
9:00 a.m.: Welcome/Business Session
10:00 a.m.: Prayer Time
10:15 a.m.: Worship led by Seven of Messiah University
10:30 a.m.: Conference Opening Remarks, Barry Whitworth
10:45 a.m.: Worship led by Seven of Messiah University
11:00 a.m.: Main Session 1: Barry Whitworth, BRN Executive Director
11:30 a.m.: Introduction of Breakouts/Break
11:45 a.m.: Breakouts Session 1
12:30 p.m.: Lunch (please take time to visit the expo!)
1:30 p.m.: Worship led by Seven of Messiah University
1:40 p.m.: Main Session 2: Shane Pruitt, NAMB Next Gen Director
2:25 p.m.: Introduction of Breakouts/Break
2:35 p.m.: Breakouts Session 2
3:20 p.m.: Break
3:30 p.m.: Worship led by Seven of Messiah University
3:40 p.m.: Main Session 3: Shane Pruitt, NAMB Next Gen Director
4:25 p.m.: Giveaways
4:35 p.m.: Main Session 4: Panel Speakers
5:00 p.m.: Closing, Barry Whitworth; Worship led by Seven of Messiah University
5:15 p.m.: Dinner
The Baptist Resource Network extends a hearty thank you to our Accelerate Conference sponsors:
The Baptist Resource Network also extends a hearty thank you to our Accelerate Conference vendors:
For your safety, we recommend that you follow current local, state, and CDC guidelines and recommendations regarding COVID-19 and its variants while in attendance. Please keep in mind that the hotel venue may require masks while onsite at the time of the conference.