2024 New Mexico Evangelism Conference
Breakout Session Descriptions
Stan & Joanie Albright LIVE the D-LIFE! Disciple-Making, Anytime, Anywhere!
D-Life exists to equip common people to be Christ-like disciple makers. As a result, we’ve trained thousands of believers worldwide for a lifestyle of disciple-making. The D-Life process is modeled after Jesus and His 6 practices of disciple-making: Fellowship, Teaching, Prayer, Ministry, Multiplication, and Accountability. We would love for you to join the movement.
Missie Branch—Serving a Culture That is Compromised
Living and serving as Christians in a culture that is shifting rapidly requires commitment. In this breakout, we will look to God’s word for encouragement and guidance on how to do ministry when the world is constantly changing around us.
Stephen Carson Developing a Generous Church Culture
Generosity within a church doesn’t just happen naturally; it must be intentionally and strategically cultivated. In this breakout, we will explore and discuss effective strategies that will help a pastor or church leader develop a plan to lead their church to be a generous church for the glory of God.
David E Why Would Anyone Want to Hear the Gospel?
All of us would gladly share the gospel with someone who wanted to hear, right? (We hope so …) But why would they want to hear? How can you know if they want to hear? God is faithful to work in the hearts of lost people to get them ready to hear. Let’s talk about some really helpful and encouraging ways to get into those conversations. Hint: The Permission Principle in Evangelism.
IMB Workers from Eastern Europe Expanding Your Church’s Reach
How to partner with international workers.
Rob McIntosh 150+ years of evangelism and outreach to First Nations people, what can we do better?
Some statistical data still shows over 90% of First Nations (Native American) people are unreached with the gospel, and an even greater percentage are unengaged with the local church. In this breakout, we will look at the lessons I have learned on how culture, language, and historical trauma have affected evangelistic efforts. We will discuss some possible creative solutions to the challenges in bringing the good news of the gospel to our First Nations people.
Brian Nystrom What Lies Beneath? The Fullness of Theology and the Faithfulness of Evangelism
A discussion re: why a growing theology is necessary for faithful evangelism and how going deeper into God’s revealed truth makes gospel conversations easier.
Shane Pruitt What We Need to Know About Reaching the Next Generation
What are the eight things that every leader needs to know about Reaching, Discipling, and Mobilizing students with the Gospel? Let’s discuss how we can help the next generation be the right now church.
Matt Queen Getting to the Gospel
We know how to begin discussions that interest us; however, many Christians find it hard to evangelize conversationally. This session will help Christians, no matter their level of confidence or experience in evangelism, be able to get to the gospel in many of their conversations.
Rhonda VanCleave—Bringing Your Kids Ministry into Focus with the Great Commission
Whether you have paid kids ministry staff, volunteer kids ministry leaders, or no official “kids ministry” at all, you can focus on creating a Great Commission culture as you seek to reach kids and their families. Get the PIC (picture) as you think about changing your PERSPECTIVE, determine to be INTENTIONAL, and look for ways to CONNECT with kids and their families in ways that show you care.
Matt Queen serves as the L.R. Scarborough Chair of Evangelism (“Chair of Fire”) and professor of evangelism at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has written several books, most notably Recapturing Evangelism: A Biblical and Theological Approach (B&H Academic, 2023), as well as co-authoring The Gospel Invitation: Why Publicly Inviting People to Receive Christ Still Matters (Thomas Nelson, 2023) with O. S. Hawkins. Queen is also an evangelism consultant for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He and his family are members of Lane Prairie Baptist Church in Joshua, Texas, where he also serves as associate pastor of evangelism.
Shane Pruitt serves as the National Next Gen Director for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). He and his wife, Kasi reside in Texas, with their five children. He has been in ministry for over 20 years as a denominational leader, 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 two books, 9 Common Lies Christians Believe: And Why God’s Truth Is Infinitely Better and Calling Out the Called: Discipling Those Called to Ministry Leadership, and is also one of the hosts of The Gensend Podcast. Follow him on Instagram & Twitter: @shane_pruitt78
Stephen Carson and Kaye have been married since 2002 and God has blessed them with two sons. Stephen served as the Student Pastor at Longview Point Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi from 2002-2007. During this time, he earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree and a Master of Divinity degree. Upon completion of seminary, Stephen and Kaye moved to Kampala, Uganda to do an ISC term with the IMB. They completed their two-year term in October of 2009. From 2010 through 2013 Stephen served as Missions Pastor, again at Longview Point Baptist Church. He served in that position until moving to Belle Fourche, South Dakota to plant Connection Church, where he serves as Lead Pastor. Stephen has also been a part time Church Planting Catalyst with the North American Mission Board since 2018.
Stan and Joanie Albright have been serving in ministry for 47 years. Their ministry journey has involved resort ministries (Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries), church planting, church staff, state convention staff (New Mexico and the Northwest), and denominational national staff (North American Mission Board). Everywhere they have served, discipleship and disciple-making has been a priority. Stan currently serves the Coosa River Baptist Association in Talladega, Alabama, as their Associational Mission Strategist. Joanie continues to sponsor women’s discipleship groups and ministers to pastors’ wives. Together, they lead D-Life Bootcamps throughout North America.
Missie Branch is VP for Community Engagement, Stand for Life, a speaker, bible teacher, podcast host, and author. She has a M.A. in Ethics and is passionate about discipleship, leadership, theology, and culture. Missie is married to Duce Branch and together they have four children. Missie is a contributing author to The Whole Woman: Ministering to Her Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength as well as Women & Work: Bearing God’s Image and Joining in His Mission Through Our Work. She is also the co-host of the Women & Work Podcast. Missie is serving on the SBC’s Racial Reconciliation Steering Committee and as the Chair of the Board Trustees at Lifeway Christian Resources.
David E Director of NMSU Christian Challenge since 1985.
Ministry conviction: ‘more time spent with fewer people leads to greater lasting impact for the Kingdom of God’
M.Div. from SWBTS; B.S. in Physical Education from NMSU
Married to April.
Son, Micah (Annie) and two grandchildren
Daughter: Leah (Eric)
Son: Caleb (Ruth)
Favorite past times; Fly fishing; Backpacking; Training Golden Retrievers
Favorite Teams: Detroit Lions; NMSU Aggies
IMB Workers from Eastern Europe are two New Mexico natives and graduates from Southwestern Seminary. They are currently living in Eastern Europe working alongside Baptist churches and sharing the Gospel. They have lived in Europe for 3 years and will return in July for their second term. Please pray with them for revival in the most lost continent on the planet.
Rob McIntosh was born and raised in upstate New York and graduated from Davis College. He has been married to Michele for 31 years and has 3 grown daughters, two son in laws and one grandchild.
He is a Licensed and Ordained Pastor serving at Creator’s Fellowship and the Journey Church, a multi-site ministry in Church Rock and Gallup NM, since 2015. He is the current moderator and coordinator of the Western Baptist Association.
His main goal is to see native people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, while remaining who God created them to be. For the WBA, it is his desire to bring unification, partnership and support to our SBC churches.
He has served churches in multiple capacities in NY, FL, VA, and Pine Ridge SD, as well as worked for the IMB at the International Learning Center.
He enjoys hunting, shooting sports, and riding his motorcycle. He was formally a licensed trainer and certified instructor with the American Taekwondo Association. It is his greatest passion and joy to bring the Word of God alive for people, and to see people become all God wants them to be.
Brian Nystrom was born in Japan and raised in Minnesota, Texas. He and his wife Gay have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Brian has degrees from Baylor, Southwestern and Southern Seminaries. He has pastored Angel Fire church for the last 15 years. Prior to that he served with the IMB in the Philippines, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Columbia.
As a pastor, in the spirit of Ezra 7:10, he devotes himself to studying and obeying God’s word and teaching it to God’s people; to proclaim Christ and his gospel to the nations; to bring God’s people to maturity in Christ-likeness through clear and faithful declaration of the whole counsel of God found in the Bible, and by personal example and personal discipleship; and to equip the church of God for the work of ministry, including believing, living, sharing and defending the gospel.
Rhonda VanCleave is the publishing team leader for Lifeway’s VBS. Rhonda served as a freelance writer for Lifeway Kids for 15 years prior to coming to Lifeway full-time in 2006 as VBS team leader. Rhonda has taught Bible study for all ages of kids, directed her church’s VBS, and filled a variety of roles as a pastor’s wife. She is a graduate of Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and Lincoln Memorial University. Rhonda’s greatest joy is watching kids connect with God’s Word and get excited about knowing more. Rhonda and her husband, Richard, are the happy grandparents to five amazing grandkids.