The Church in North America today finds itself living in an increasingly post-Christian context.
The Church is experiencing marginalization; it is losing its place of influence and privilege in the culture.
This presents believers with great challenges, but even greater opportunities. Explore with us how the Church can faithfully embrace its exilic nature and recover the original essence of discipleship. Together we can intentionally follow Jesus as compelling, Spirit-filled communities on a mission.
Date and Location
February 24, 2014 from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
at Bridgepoint Bible Church, Houston
- $60/person (until 1/12/2014)
- $75/person (until 2/16/2014)
- $85/person (after 2/16/2014)
- $60/person for groups of 5 or more (until 2/16)
- $25/person for DTS employees
- $25/person for students
- Special volunteer rate available. Contact Kym Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
JR Vassar currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area serving local churches through preaching, teaching, and leadership development. From 2005-2013, JR served as the founding and lead pastor of Apostles Church, a growing network of neighborhood congregations in New York City. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, is married to Ginger, and has three children.
- 8:30 am
- Registration Opens
- 9:00 am
- Keynote Session 1
- 10:00 am
- 10:15 am
- 11:30 am
- 12:30 pm
- Keynote Session 2
- 1:30 pm
- 2:00 pm
- Pastoral Panel
- 3:00 pm
- Conference Concludes
What is it?
This interactive, one-day conference will explore how the Church can faithfully embrace its exilic nature and recover the original essence of discipleship, and how together we can intentionally follow Jesus as compelling, Spirit-filled communities on a mission.
Who should come?
Pastors, ministry leaders, volunteers, and anyone passionate about living out the Gospel in word and deed.
This is an adult conference, please no children under the age of 16. Thank you.
Bridgepoint Bible Church is located at 13277 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77079.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston I-10 West/Energy Corridor for 129.00 USD per night
Book your group rate: Dallas Theological Seminary
The afternoon features a panel discussion about urban and multicultural ministry from local church pastors.
Moderator: Dr. Darrell Bock
Darrell Bock is senior research professor of New Testament Studies and the executive director for Cultural Engagement at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has earned international recognition as a Humboldt Scholar, for his work in Luke-Acts, historical Jesus study, and biblical theology, as well as his work with messianic Jewish ministries. Darrell is a New York Times best-selling author and has written over thirty books on biblical topics. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000–2001, serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today and is on the board of Chosen People Ministries and Wheaton College. In addition to working with various media shows and blogging regularly on culture and Scripture, Darrell is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas. He completed his doctorate at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and postdoctoral study at Tübingen University in Germany. Darrell is married to Sally, and they have three children and two grandchildren.
JR currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area serving local churches through preaching, teaching and leadership development. From 2005-2013, JR served as the founding and lead pastor of Apostles Church, a growing network of neighborhood congregations in New York City. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, is married to Ginger, and has three children.
Blake Wilson is the Lead Pastor of Crossover Bible Fellowship. Crossover was planted out of his family living room with a group of men and their families who were compelled to saturate the northwest side of Houston with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The goal was to “Teach People the Word of God and Touch People with the Love of God.” Blake has an intense focus on the basics, making disciples in the local Church. He has developed a program known as Hunger & Thirst to disciple the young adult males of Crossover called The 66: The Playbook & The Players. The Wise Guys Men’s ministry was developed to disciple the men of the Church so they would be equipped to disciple their families. Blake has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is married to Dr. Ronique Wilson and they have two children.
Brian Lam was born and raised in Hong Kong. After graduating from the University of Houston in Computer Science, he felt the call to full-time ministry and attended Dallas Theological Seminary. He served at Houston Chinese Church for 15 years and planted Fort Bend Community Church (FBCC) in 1997. FBCC is a multi-lingual, multicultural and multigenerational ministry with the vision to grow communities of Christ-like disciples through spiritual formation, small group communities, Bible preaching and teaching. The congregation mainly comes from overseas. Brian has been married to Lily for 33 years and they have two grown children.
Ikki Soma believes he was born and born-again for the role of Senior Pastor of City of Refuge Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Houston. Born in Tokyo, raised in Los Angeles, married to an African American, and father to two biracial daughters, Ikki wakes every morning to a cross-cultural ministry. He served on youth staff at a predominantly white church in Northern California and was licensed to preach and ordained at a predominantly African-American church in Dallas - Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Until recently he served as pastor of college and single adults at Wayside Chapel in San Antonio - one of the largest Evangelical Free Churches in America. His ministry vision is that the local church would be a visible manifestation of the invisible, multiethnic Kingdom of God. He deeply believes this visible manifestation of the Kingdom of God can make an eternal impact on the community and city.
In addition to JR Vassar’s keynote sessions, you’ll choose one workshop to attend. Interact with seasoned ministry leaders as they discuss local trends in missional living and community transformation.
Discipleship: Equipping and Mobilizing the Priesthood of Believers
We will explore the oft-forgotten mandate to equip and mobilize all believers into Kingdom expanding lives that focus on ministry. We’ll also discuss obstacles the church faces in the disciple making process and why overcoming these obstacles leads to both spiritual maturity in the local church and joyful life for the individual.
West Brazelton was born and raised in Houston and attended college at the University of Texas at Austin. After attending Denver Theological Seminary, he worked for four and a half years as the youth pastor at First Evangelical Free Church in Austin, TX and then as the Senior Pastor of Grace Community Service in Mammoth Lakes, CA. West and his family moved to Houston from Mammoth Lakes, CA in the Fall of 2002. West began talking with people he knew and developed a core group of friends and family who were excited about planting a church. The group met weekly in West and Mary’s home for 6 months and then in the summer of 2003 had their first two preview services. Grace Bible Church kicked off weekly Sunday morning worship services in September of 2003. West and his wife Mary have three precious children: Will, Rebekah, and Annie Kate.
From “Come and See” to “Go and Be” - Our First Steps
Developing a missional mindset in a long established church can be a difficult undertaking. Tom Douthit (BridgePoint Senior Pastor) and John Hopper (BridgePoint Executive Pastor) will discuss the first steps in their congregation to move from a “come and see” approach to ministry to a “go and be” approach where people embrace the calling to be the hands, feet, eyes and ears of Jesus in their unique spheres of influence.
Tom Douthit is the Senior Pastor of BridgePoint Bible Church, having served in that role since 1999 and having served on the pastoral staff of BridgePoint (formerly Spring Branch Community Church)since 1988. He had the privilege of leading the church through a major relocation project in 2007. He is currently working with the staff and elders to lead the church from a “come and see” to a “go and be” mindset of ministry. Tom attended Texas A&M University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife Celia have been married for 28 years and have four children college age and beyond.
Fighting Human Trafficking in Houston
Houston is a major hub for sex trafficking. As Christians, we are called to fight for the oppressed and seek justice on their behalf. This workshop will educate participants about human trafficking in Houston, how Free the Captives has addressed this travesty, and how participants can get involved.
Julie Waters is the director and founder of Free the Captives, an evangelical anti-human trafficking 501(c)3 non-profit. She is a relentless advocate for girls and women enslaved in sex trafficking. When it comes to victims, she believes that sex trafficking is fought by helping one girl at a time. After practicing family law and child advocacy as an attorney, Julie brings her legal expertise to human trafficking issues. As an accomplished speaker, Julie educates the public at both the local and national level on human trafficking and is published academically on this topic. Julie is a native of Texas and attended Texas A&M University, where she received a BA in Speech Communication. She also graduated from Boston University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Texas and Massachusetts. Julie is currently working on her Master of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.
The Love Factor Behind A Missional Transformational Church
Love must never be assumed but must always be demonstrated by those who desire to identify themselves as Jesus representatives in the Earth realm. Love is the birthmark and DNA strand of the Christian that should motivate us to serve Christ and impact the World thru compassionate actions of service that bring GLORY to HIM. This session will concentrate on the Scriptural mandate to love not only believers but to reach out to non-believers with the aroma of LOVE thru the Gospel.
Blake Wilson is the Lead Pastor of Crossover Bible Fellowship. Crossover was planted out of his family living room with a group of men and their families who were compelled to saturate the northwest side of Houston with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The goal was to “Teach People the Word of God and Touch People with the Love of God.” Blake has an intense focus on the basics, making disciples in the local Church. He has developed a program known as Hunger & Thirst to disciple the young adult males of Crossover called The 66: The Playbook & The Players. The Wise Guys Men’s ministry was developed to disciple the men of the Church so they would be equipped to disciple their families.
Blake served the Lord for 14 years in youth ministry in various capacities, pastoring as well as training and developing youth pastors across Houston and the state of Texas. Blake has spoken at youth, young adult and family life conferences across the country. Blake is known for his Sex & The Gospel Conference a.k.a The Biblical View of Sex. He has taught the material for churches and NBA teams: New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs for Allan Houston & Charlie Ward. His FISLL curriculum (Faith, Integrity, Sacrifice, Leadership, Legacy) is used to support the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation. Blake has partnered with Allan Houston and the Father Knows Best Program since its inception to build spiritual relationships between fathers and sons.
Blake has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is married to Dr. Ronique Wilson and they have two children.