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Symposium is not the most common word for a national gathering, but we are meeting together in Franklin, TN, to talk about Disciple Making.  We really are a focused group with a one track mind.  We gather together to celebrate what God has done and is doing in our midst. We will do some teaching and training on Disciple Making as well as hear a call to arms from Bill Hull, Ben Sobels, and the Bonhoeffer National Leadership Team. This is an event tailored to the Discipleship First Tribe. 

We are excited to have Robby Gallaty lead two sessions on Wednesday, November 6.

Speakers

 
Bill’s passion is to help the church return to its disciple making roots and he considers himself a discipleship evangelist. Bill served as a pastor for 20 years and is the author of classic works that have supported the disciple making movement for the past forty years. He as written more than 25 books, among the books are Jesus Christ Disciplemaker, The Disciple Making Pastor, The Disciple Making Church, Conversion & Discipleship, The Discipleship Gospel with Ben Sobels and the False Promise of Discipleship with Brandon Cook. The Bonhoeffer Project has grown from two cohorts in 2015, five in 2016, fourteen in 2017, twenty-five in 2018 and is on pace for forty in 2019.
 

BILL HULL

Bill’s passion is to help the church return to its disciple making roots and he considers himself a discipleship evangelist. Bill served as a pastor for 20 years and is the author of classic works that have supported the disciple making movement for the past forty years. He has written more than 25 books, among the books are Jesus Christ Disciplemaker, The Disciple Making Pastor, The Disciple Making Church, Conversion & Discipleship, The Discipleship Gospel with Ben Sobels and the False Promise of Discipleship with Brandon Cook. The Bonhoeffer Project has grown from two cohorts in 2015, five in 2016, fourteen in 2017, twenty-five in 2018 and is on pace for forty in 2019.

Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he began Replicate Ministries to equip and train men and women to be disciples who make disciples. He is also the author of multiple books.

Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he began Replicate Ministries to equip and train men and women to be disciples who make disciples. He is also the author of multiple books.

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Dr. Matt Kearns is the lead pastor at Woodcrest Church in Columbia, MO. Before taking that position he worked with the Missouri Baptist Convention developing and implementing strategies that lead Missouri Baptists to make followers of Jesus, model their lives after Him, and obey His command to help others become disciples of Christ. A native of Festus, Mo., Kearns received a B.S. degree in mass communications / public relations from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served in local church youth ministry for 14 years and also worked at the North American Mission Board on the Student Evangelism team. He has served on the MBC missionary staff since 2005. Besides his passion for making disciples, Kearns is an avid sports enthusiast, loves to read, and is a huge Cardinals fan! He and his wife, Julie, reside in Jefferson City, Mo.

Dr. Matt Kearns is the lead pastor at Woodcrest Church in Columbia, MO. Before taking that position he worked with the Missouri Baptist Convention developing and implementing strategies that lead Missouri Baptists to make followers of Jesus, model their lives after Him, and obey His command to help others become disciples of Christ. A native of Festus, Mo., Kearns received a B.S. degree in mass communications / public relations from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served in local church youth ministry for 14 years and also worked at the North American Mission Board on the Student Evangelism team. He has served on the MBC missionary staff since 2005. Besides his passion for making disciples, Kearns is an avid sports enthusiast, loves to read, and is a huge Cardinals fan! He and his wife, Julie, reside in Jefferson City, Mo.

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Ben Sobels is the senior pastor of Cypress Community Church in Salinas, CA (cypresschurch.org). Ben is married to Joni. They have five children. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree. Cypress is committed to being a discipleship community who worships Jesus, loves one another, and serves the world.

Ben Sobels is the senior pastor of Cypress Community Church in Salinas, CA (cypresschurch.org). Ben is married to Joni. They have five children. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree. Cypress is committed to being a discipleship community who worships Jesus, loves one another, and serves the world.

BEN SOBELS

Sandy Mason is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he met his wife Margie and where Jesus found them both. He has a Master in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is ``dad`` to two sons and two daughters, all grown, and ``Papa`` to four grandchildren. He loves his life with Margie, opening their home to friends and family, watching football, horse-back riding and a form of golf. You can learn more about his philosophy of ministry in his book, Smarter than Jesus?

Sandy Mason is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he met his wife Margie and where Jesus found them both. He has a Master in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is ``dad`` to two sons and two daughters, all grown, and ``Papa`` to four grandchildren. He loves his life with Margie, opening their home to friends and family, watching football, horse-back riding and a form of golf. You can learn more about his philosophy of ministry in his book, Smarter than Jesus?

SANDY MASON

Carmelita faithfully serves as the Ladies' Ministry Coordinator at Bay Life Church in Brandon, FL. She writes and leads Ladies' Bible Studies each semester. She completed her MA in Christian Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2018. Carmelita and her husband Dave have been married for over 25 years and have two children, DJ and Josh.

Carmelita faithfully serves as the Ladies' Ministry Coordinator at Bay Life Church in Brandon, FL. She writes and leads Ladies' Bible Studies each semester. She completed her MA in Christian Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2018. Carmelita and her husband Dave have been married for over 25 years and have two children, DJ and Josh.

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Cindy serves as Spiritual Journey Pastor at Bay Life Church in Brandon, FL. She holds a B. S. in Christian Ministries, and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. Cindy directs the discipleship program and writes curriculum for her church. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Trinity College of Florida. Cindy is married to her high school sweetheart, has two kids, and loves helping others grow closer to Christ through discipleship. Cindy leads Women’s Cohorts for The Bonhoeffer Project.

Cindy serves as Spiritual Journey Pastor at Bay Life Church in Brandon, FL. She holds a B. S. in Christian Ministries, and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. Cindy directs the discipleship program and writes curriculum for her church. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Trinity College of Florida. Cindy is married to her high school sweetheart, has two kids, and loves helping others grow closer to Christ through discipleship. Cindy leads Women’s Cohorts for The Bonhoeffer Project.

CINDY PERKINS

Denny Heiberg is an elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church where he pastored Grace at Fort Clarke UMC in Gainesville, FL from 1994-2012. He currently serves with TMS Global as a member of their Ministry Resource Group focusing upon Discipleship Training and Member Care. Denny graduated from Columbia International University with a BA in Biblical Studies and Christian Education. He also earned an MA in Biblical Studies, an M. Div., and a D.Min. in Biblical Preaching and Leadership from Asbury Seminary. Denny lives with his wife, Cindy, in Hendersonville, TN. His passion is investing globally in the next generations of leaders who will develop disciple making cultures in their context of ministry.

Denny Heiberg is an elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church where he pastored Grace at Fort Clarke UMC in Gainesville, FL from 1994-2012. He currently serves with TMS Global as a member of their Ministry Resource Group focusing upon Discipleship Training and Member Care. Denny graduated from Columbia International University with a BA in Biblical Studies and Christian Education. He also earned an MA in Biblical Studies, an M. Div., and a D.Min. in Biblical Preaching and Leadership from Asbury Seminary. Denny lives with his wife, Cindy, in Hendersonville, TN. His passion is investing globally in the next generations of leaders who will develop disciple making cultures in their context of ministry.

DENNY HEIBERG

Jim Thomas is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. Jim earned a Bachelors of Arts in Religion from Baylor University, a Masters of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University. Prior to serving at Fayetteville First Baptist, Jim served 15 years as a Student Pastor in Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi and 8 years as an Executive Pastor in Texas. He is married to Laura and they have two teenage daughters. His passion is to help every believer take personal responsibility for the Great Commission and lead others toward a Christ-centered life.

Jim Thomas is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. Jim earned a Bachelors of Arts in Religion from Baylor University, a Masters of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University. Prior to serving at Fayetteville First Baptist, Jim served 15 years as a Student Pastor in Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi and 8 years as an Executive Pastor in Texas. He is married to Laura and they have two teenage daughters. His passion is to help every believer take personal responsibility for the Great Commission and lead others toward a Christ-centered life.

JIM THOMAS

AGENDA

Tuesday, November 5

Deep Work with Sandy Mason
Plenary Sessions
Lunch
Plenary Sessions

Wednesday, November 6

Deep Work with Sandy Mason
Plenary Sessions
Lunch
Sessions with Robby Gallaty


The Bonhoeffer Project has established a partnership with Discipleship.org and their 2019 National Disciple Making Forum that will be held following the Bonhoeffer Symposium East on November 7-8, 2019. The two organizations are offering a combined discounted rate to attend to both events. For only $160 (plus fees), you can spend four great days gaining tools and resources for your discipleship making approach. Register to attend and select the combo price!

DETAILS

Cost: $59.00/per person

The Bonhoeffer Symposium East will be held at:
CHURCH OF THE CITY
828 Murfreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064