Sharper Conference

A simple and practical one-day conference on February 28th. Doors open at 8:00a
Register

Your Are Invited To Our Local Sharper Conference

In a June 28, 2017 article by Thom Rainer titled, “Dispelling the 80 Percent Myth of Declining Churches,” Rainer noted that almost two-thirds of churches have plateaued or are in decline. Though this number is less than some research has reported, still this study found that most churches are shrinking in worship attendance. Most church leaders know that Jesus has called them to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). Christ’s commission to his followers entailed reaching the lost and seeking to help the found to grow in spiritual maturity.

Leading a church to growth is not an easy task. In fact, if one endeavors to do so, there will be a cost. The reality in the American church is that most Christians want what they want more than they want people to know Jesus. We do not need to demonize congregations, but we are to lead them to understand the Great Commission in light of our current culture.

Our desire at this year's Sharper Conference is to help church leaders with biblical and practical steps to lead churches to reach the treasure coast for Christ. Rather than churches shrinking and dying, our prayer is that churches will experience a turnaround and grow for God’s glory.

Keynote Speaker

Craig Cramer

Dr. Craig Cramer has been in leadership in two large congregations. Craig was part of a church plant (Gateway Church) that came from an older church where he was the Teaching Pastor in Findlay, Ohio. Gateway grew to over 1700 over a 14-year span before he left to accept a call to serve in the south. For the past 3 years, Pastor Craig has been the Senior Pastor at Westside Church in Fort Pierce, Florida. Craig taught at the University of Findlay for over 12 years, and also taught at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, where he is currently on the Board of Trustees. Pastor Craig served in the US Navy in the Nuclear Power program, graduated at the top of his class at the University of Findlay, completed his MDiv and DMin degrees at Winebrenner, and received a fellowship at Princeton.

Host

Tim O'Caroll

Pastor Tim was born and raised in Orlando, FL, where at the age of 15 surrendered to the Lord’s call after preaching his first message.

Prior to planting Discovery Church, Tim served refugees with his family in South East Asia; as Student Pastor in Newberry, Florida and as Children and Worship Pastor in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Tim has attended Sante Fe Community College, Baptist College of Florida, Summit Bible College, Luther Rice Seminary and graduated from New Covenant Bible College in 2018. Tim is married to Audra, who serves on Worship Team at Discovery.  

Tim is the Senior Pastor of Discovery Church and is Association Mission  Strategist for the Treasure Coast Baptist Association.

Schedule

This year's Sharper conference will be held at Westside Church in Fort Pierce. You can get directions by clicking here.

8:00a - 9:00a // Registration
9:00a - 10:15a // Session 01
10:15a - 10:30a // Break
10:30a - 11:30a // Breakout 01
11:30a - 12:30p // Lunch
12:30p - 1:30p // Breakout 02
1:30p - 1:45p // Break
1:45p - 3:00p // Session 02

Breakouts

Worship

Technical and Practical Tips

Next Gen

Family ministry at its simplest

Senior Pastors'

Things we learned the hard way and so you don't

Multi-Cultural

The Bible is diverse and so should our churches

Branding

The Basics

Small Groups

The backbone of our churches

Outreach

How we do it and why

ALL FOR FREE

We are so excited to be able to provide local Pastors' and their staffs with a free one-day conference! We highly recommend bivocational church leaders to take the day off so they too, can be made sharper. Sharper Conference is entirely free and we are giving away books and an iPad Pro (with smart keyboard cover)! We believe that Shaper Conference is going to be useful for leaders in all areas, from Senior Pastor to Production Team Leader.

Sharper Conference

A simple and practical one-day conference on February 28th. Doors open at 8:00a
Register

Your Are Invited To Our Local Sharper Conference

In a June 28, 2017 article by Thom Rainer titled, “Dispelling the 80 Percent Myth of Declining Churches,” Rainer noted that almost two-thirds of churches have plateaued or are in decline. Though this number is less than some research has reported, still this study found that most churches are shrinking in worship attendance. Most church leaders know that Jesus has called them to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). Christ’s commission to his followers entailed reaching the lost and seeking to help the found to grow in spiritual maturity.

Leading a church to growth is not an easy task. In fact, if one endeavors to do so, there will be a cost. The reality in the American church is that most Christians want what they want more than they want people to know Jesus. We do not need to demonize congregations, but we are to lead them to understand the Great Commission in light of our current culture.

Our desire at this year's Sharper Conference is to help church leaders with biblical and practical steps to lead churches to reach the treasure coast for Christ. Rather than churches shrinking and dying, our prayer is that churches will experience a turnaround and grow for God’s glory.

Keynote Speaker

Craig Cramer

Dr. Craig Cramer has been in leadership in two large congregations. Craig was part of a church plant (Gateway Church) that came from an older church where he was the Teaching Pastor in Findlay, Ohio. Gateway grew to over 1700 over a 14-year span before he left to accept a call to serve in the south. For the past 3 years, Pastor Craig has been the Senior Pastor at Westside Church in Fort Pierce, Florida. Craig taught at the University of Findlay for over 12 years, and also taught at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, where he is currently on the Board of Trustees. Pastor Craig served in the US Navy in the Nuclear Power program, graduated at the top of his class at the University of Findlay, completed his MDiv and DMin degrees at Winebrenner, and received a fellowship at Princeton.

Host

Tim O'Caroll

Pastor Tim was born and raised in Orlando, FL, where at the age of 15 surrendered to the Lord’s call after preaching his first message.

Prior to planting Discovery Church, Tim served refugees with his family in South East Asia; as Student Pastor in Newberry, Florida and as Children and Worship Pastor in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Tim has attended Sante Fe Community College, Baptist College of Florida, Summit Bible College, and Luther Rice Seminary. And graduated from New Covenant Bible College Tim is married to Audra, who serves on Worship Team at Discovery.  

Tim is the Senior Pastor of Discovery Church and is Association Mission  Strategist for the Treasure Coast Baptist Association.

Schedule

This year's Sharper Conference will be held at Westside Church in Fort Pierce. You can get turn-by-turn directions by tapping here.

8:00a - 9:00a // Registration
9:00a - 10:15a // Session 01
10:15a - 10:30a // Break
10:30a - 11:30a // Breakout 01
11:30a - 12:30p // Lunch
12:30p - 1:30p // Breakout 02
1:30p - 1:45p // Break
1:45p - 3:00p // Session 02

Breakouts

Worship

Technical and Practical Tips

Next Gen

Family ministry at its simplest

Senior Pastors'

Things we learned the hard way and so you don't

Multi-Cultural

The Bible is diverse and so should our churches

College

Bridging the gap between Student Ministry and Sunday's

Branding

The basics

Finances

Having good books is important

Small Groups

The backbone of our churches

Outreach

How we do it and why

Breakouts

Worship

Technical and Practical Tips

Next Gen

Family ministry at its simplest

Senior Pastors'

Things we learned the hard way and so you don't

Multi-Cultural

The Bible is diverse and so should our churches

Branding

The basics

Small Groups

The backbone of our churches

Outreach

How we do it and why

ALL FOR FREE

We are so excited to be able to provide local Pastors' and their staffs with a free one-day conference! We highly recommend bivocational church leaders to take the day off so they too, can be made sharper. Sharper Conference is entirely free and we are giving away books and an iPad Pro (with smart keyboard cover)! We believe that Shaper Conference is going to be useful for leaders in all areas, from Senior Pastor to Production Team Leader.

And it is all for free.We hope you would join us! We are excited to meet all of you!