Education and Leadership

IBSA Education and Senior Adult Ministries Director Dale Davenport offers several leadership training ministry opportunities to Illinois Baptist churches. Read More
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Dale Davenport

Dale DavenportDirector, Education and Leadership Development
Church Strengthening Team
(217) 720-0939
DaleDavenport@IBSA.org

Cathy Waters

Cathy WatersMinistry Assistant
Church Strengthening Team
(217) 391-3124
CathyWaters@IBSA.org

Explore the Bible by LifeWay

Explore the Bible
We knew this idea was big, but we weren’t expecting the wildfire we sparked – Explore the Bible is the first study to join every age group in book–by–book Bible study. For churches that want to align all ages in study, Explore the Bible allows Adults and Students to study the same passage each week while Kids study the same book and concepts incorporating narrative elements from throughout the Bible, as necessary, to make challenging concepts more kid–friendly.

Our promise:
With Explore the Bible, groups of all ages can expect to engage Scripture in its proper context and be better prepared to live it out in their own context. These studies will help participants grow in their love for Scripture, gain new knowledge about what the Bible teaches, develop biblical disciplines, and internalize the Word in a way that transforms their lives.

So, whether you’re looking for a single age group or a study to align your entire church, Explore the Bible exposes participants to every genre of biblical literature – gospel, poetry, history, law, letters, prophecy, and psalms–to provide a balanced view of Scripture in each 3 – year cycle. Learn more

TRANSFORM Event by LifeWay

August 23, 2014
Parkway Baptist Church
St. Louis, MO

This highly-focused conference will concentrate on the specific age-group segment you teach. You’ll receive step-by-step guidance on how to teach in ways that genuinely transform lives, and you’ll leave with practical ideas you can put to work immediately.

Whether you are a Sunday School teacher or a small group leader, one of the 13 age-level tracks in this conference is for you.

You can attend for just $25 per person. This TRANSFORM event offers one of the finest faculties in the United States to equip leaders and to build groups that impact lives.

Featured speaker David Francis is the Director of Sunday School at LifeWay Christian Resources. He has also served as an associate pastor and minister of education. This highly-focused conference will concentrate on the specific age-group segment you teach. You’ll receive step-by-step guidance on how to teach in ways that genuinely transform lives, and you’ll leave with practical ideas you can put to work immediately.

Get additional information

To register, call (800) 254-2022 or go to www.lifeway.com/transform.

Sunday School Ministries

Sunday School Ministries provides personal church consultations and trained teams to come and work with your General Officers, or any age-level worker in Sunday School.

Vacation Bible School: Team training is available to associations, as well as local churches, detailing how to have the most effective Vacation Bible School possible.

New churches, and those just starting a Sunday School program, can ask to receive six months of free literature from LifeWay.

Sunday School Ministries offers scholarships for FAITH Evangelistic Training and LifeWay Training Centers (Ridgecrest and Nashville).

Sunday School Ministries assists churches with TeamKid.

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