Breakout sessions are designed to give practical information about the experiences others have had in launching missional communities or initiatives. The breakout leaders are proven practitioners, invited to share their experiences and expertise.

Jan Bailey & Lydia Johnson, Raise the Roof

Tuesday/Gray Room

Bound Together: We believe vision and ministry can be shared across denominational lines. We want to share our story of how Episcopalians and Methodists joined forces to create a shared vision for healing and hope in an inner city area of Mobile.


Martha Henk & Elsie Lott, Community Market

Tuesday/The Community Market (3810C Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika)

Community Market: We are a client-choice food pantry that is an outreach program of the Food Bank of East Alabama. Volunteers are the bedrock and play a very important role in helping to maintain an atmosphere of dignity and compassion, as we assist people in concrete, caring ways. In 2014, there was an average of 926 unduplicated households served each month at Community Market. Martha Henk, Director of the Food Bank and Elsie Lott, Coordinator of the Community Market, will give a tour of the facility and spend some time talking about the partnership between local churches and their outreach program.


Jeremiah Aja, Forge Sacramento

Tuesday & Wednesday/Rock City

Eight Practices of the Sent People of God: Long before the Great Commission’s call to GO, there was a call on God’s people to be a light to the surrounding nations revealing the missio dei, the mission of God. With so much discussion surrounding the need for local churches to become “missional”, what are some practical and tangible ways we can reclaim our posture as the sent people of God? How can we remain faithful and fruitful in our weekly gatherings while also living a life on mission during the week? Join us as we dive deep into Scripture and eight practices that will shape us to be sent out into our communities.


Joe Davis, Alabama Rural Ministry

Tuesday & Wednesday/Green Room

The Mission and Poverty in Rural Alabama: For the past 16 years, Alabama Rural Ministry has been on mission alleviating poverty in two of Alabama’s poorest rural counties. We’d like to share our story of volunteer home repair and children’s ministry and then discuss how we’ve been challenged to rethink our ideas on poverty and service as we’ve come to know and love the people of rural Alabama.


Martha Henk, Food Bank of East Alabama 

Wednesday/The Food Bank of East Alabama (375 Industry Dr., Auburn)

Food Bank of East Alabama: We are one of the eight Feeding America food banks in Alabama—a centralized warehouse that stores and distributes donated and purchased food items through partnering member agencies that have outreach programs to the community in need. The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger. Martha Henk, director of the Food Bank, will share information about the Food Bank and how churches support our outreach efforts. (Visit for more information.)


Matt Jackson, McPOW

Tuesday & Wednesday/Worship Area

Making Interdenominational Youth Ministry Happen: For 15 years now youth ministries in McMinnville, TN have been coming together to make interdenominational youth ministry happen. It started with a few youth groups working together on an all-nighter, SYATP, or a weekend retreat and has developed in a week long event every summer called McPOW. McPOW is an outreach event where youth come together for morning worship and small groups, then are sent out into the community to serve in kids Bible clubs, at nursing homes, doing yard work and many other ways. Come hear how it’s done, discuss how it might work in your community, and share other things that have worked or failed for you.


Pat Bethea & Brian Johnson, EnterMission

Wednesday/Gray Room

EnterMission: We believe that the church was never designed to be a fortress for the righteous, but a flood of revolutionaries, bringing the Good News of the Kingdom to broken lives and communities. EnterMission Coaching is an intensive 12-month coaching experience. It is a learning community where we will walk through a step-by-step contextual application of 15 Missional Moves. Come hear leaders talk about EnterMission and see if its something you may be interested in joining.