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Rufus D. Stephens


Motivational Speaker and active minister, Rufus will emcee ReNew18 while delivering a message of inspiration for pastors and church leaders. Rufus will deliver his own version of “Seize the Day” and will provide a different perspective on priorities.


Thom Rainer

Founder/CEO, Lifeway

State of the Church. Simple Path to Revitalization
Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues over the past 20 years, Rainer led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period.

Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons: Sam, Art and Jess, who are married to Erin, Sarah and Rachel respectively. The Rainers have ten grandchildren: Canon, Maggie, Nathaniel, Will (with the Lord), Harper, Bren, Joshua, Collins, Joel, and James.

He is the author of more than two dozen books, including Breakout Churches, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, Simple Life, Simple Church, Raising Dad, The Millennials, and Essential Church. His recent book, I Am a Church Member was #1 on the CBA best-seller list for several months and Who Moved My Pulpit? was released in June 2016 by B&H Publishing Group.


Richard Reising


The fundamentals that can help your church grow up to 30% in the coming year.
The author of Church Marketing 101 will share his insights into the principles that make great churches great. He will share the fundamentals that strengthen a church, attract visitors, convert visitors to members, and turn members into active participants. His talk is called The Anatomy of Engagement.

Richard is the founder of Artistry Labs in Dallas, Texas. His company provides assessment, strategy, implementation, and proactive partnership support to churches and ministries with a heart to improve their engagement. They help church leaders understand why they are getting their current results and help create a flywheel of change that produces momentum—empowering the church to be the best version of what God has called it to be as an organization.

Richard is passionate about helping churches and ministries communicate God’s truth to the communities they serve. He’s especially passionate about speaking to those who are on the front lines. Whether you’re a group of pastors, seminary students, volunteers, church staff members, or just committed to seeing the Church thrive, Richard has practical steps and strategy to unify your team and take your ministry to the next level in effectiveness for Christ.

Reverend Richard Joyner

Conetoe Family Life Center

What Success Looks like in a Small, Rural, Economically Challenged Church

Reverend Richard Joyner, pastor of Conetoe Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, has been recognized as a national hero for his leadership in promoting healthy living within rural communities. His church and the Family Life Center has been a model that is now followed by over two dozen churches in four counties in the state. In 2005, after presiding over too many funerals in his congregation, Rev. Joyner established the Family Life Center and taught young people to plant and harvest vegetables and has developed programs about healthy eating habits and good nutrition. His congregation has seen a decrease in health risks by 50%, while the students are showing an 80% graduation rate, up from only 50% in years past. He will share what it takes to be part of a successful ministry in small, rural communities.

Robert Ferguson


Understanding and Implementing Brand Values for Your Church
Robert is the founding principle of FergusonValues.com, a consultancy that works with churches, small businesses and large corporations to develop and activate a unique brand value system. As a former ad executive with a multi-national firm and an active pastor in Raleigh, NC, Ferguson has a unique perspective on brand values. In this session, he will lead each participant to identify their church’s core values and how those values relate to day to day decisions and activities.

Pat Daniels

Conference Director & Nonprofit Professional

Pat is the “go to” person behind the scenes at this years conference. She is known for her abilities to help raise money and awareness for different foundations throughout NC. Daniels recently retired from a local Community College, where she worked for 30+ years in event planning and foundation development.

Skip Carney


ReVision- The Cure for the Common Committee.
Churches and Church leaders rely on committees to provide input, solve problems, and get work done. Skip Carney will demonstrate The ReVision Process, a simple system that will keep your committees aligned, focused, strategic, and creative.

Dr. John Check


How to Zag while others are Zigging

John Check recently retired after 30+ years as a Methodist minister in eastern North Carolina. He will share his philosophy of “Zagging while others are Zigging” and will demonstrate how that philosophy helps visitors clearly see the differences between your church and others. He will demonstrate a system that ensures the church stay on mission and presents a consistent message to the congregation and community.

Keisha B. Spivey



Keisha will assist churches in obtaining the proper strategies, tactics and tools to revitalize their churches.  The what behind the process is only effective when the WHY has been identified.  The what is the fuel, but the why is the engine. Leaders must fix their eyes on Jesus and place their hands on the vision so that God’s purposes are fulfilled.  In order to do this, one must identify and remove the barriers that hinder the process and minimize productivity.

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