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2022 Conference on Ministry

Conference on Ministry Registration Open

This year’s Conference on Ministry is set for October 17-19, 2022 at Warren Willis Conference Center (formerly the Life Enrichment Center) in Fruitland Park, Florida.

The Conference on Ministry is specifically for the edification and renewal of the rostered ministers of the Florida-Bahamas Synod. When our leaders are inspired, encouraged, and renewed, they are ready to lead God’s people with energy and passion.

This year’s theme is “Thy Kingdom Come” featuring Dr. Reggie McNeal as our keynote speaker.

Keynote Sessions

Session #1: “What’s God Up To? The Changing Spiritual Landscape in America”

How COVID and the 4th human information revolution have impacted the culture and the implications for the church

Session #2: “How Do We Get in on It? Repositioning Christianity as Movement

Three essential elements are required to shift the church culture to a kingdom-centric bias from its current church-as-institution approach.

Session #3: “Looking for Kingdom Collaborators: Distinct Practices of Kingdom-Centric Leaders”

Effective kingdom agents evidence some specific traits and practices that identify them as co-conspirators with God for kingdom impact.

Session #4: “What Now? Key Leadership Insights and Directions Going Forward”

Strategic leadership will require some specific actions on the part of spiritual leaders who are determined to seek first the kingdom.

Golf Outing

Registration is open for the annual Conference on Ministry Golf Outing. This year, all golf fees will be paid for in advance. Payment is non-refundable.

If you already know the four-some or two-some you would like to play with, please include the names in an e-mail to

Cost is $35. Click here to register.

The deadline to register is October 10.

Click here to download a printable version of the schedule

Event Schedule



11:00 AM        

Ministers New to the Synod & Conference Deans meet with Synod Staff (Cokesbury Room)

12:00-12:45 PM            

  • Lunch


12:45 PM        

  • Gathering Music (Scott Auditorium)

1:00 PM           

  • Welcome, Introductions, Overview of Agenda

1:30 PM   

  • Opening Eucharist

2:30 PM   BREAK

2:45 PM   

  • What’s God Up To? The Changing Spiritual Landscape in America” (Dr. Reggie McNeal)

4:00 PM   BREAK

4:15 PM   

  • Bishop Suarez’s Time
  • Innovative Ministry Forum
  • Candidacy – Lifting Up Leaders
  • Diakonia

6:00 PM           

  • Dinner
  • Bishop’s Election Process
  • Evening Prayer
  • Ice Cream Social


7:30 AM

  • Breakfast

8:30 AM

  • Morning Prayer
  • Announcements

9:00 AM     

  • “How Do We Get in On It? Repositioning Christianity as Movement” (Dr. Reggie McNeal)

10:15 AM   BREAK

10:30 AM   

  • Introduce/Shout-out to our Ministry Partners

10:45 AM   

  • “Looking for Kingdom Collaborators: Distinct Practices of Kingdom-Centric Leaders” (Dr. McNeal)

11:45 AM 

  • Announcements

12:00 PM   

  • Lunch

1:15-4:30 PM

  • Time for rest and relaxation, or you can participate in one of the following options:
    • First Call Theological Education (Cokesbury Room)
    • Luther Springs Field Trip
    • Golf Outing at Plantation Golf Club
    • One-on-one meetings with Bishop Suarez (Room 1) Sign-up sheet at registration desk.
    • Portico one-on-one meetings (Room 2)
    • Administration Round Table – Insurance, constitutions, best practices, etc. (Room 3)
    • Just Love Team (Room 4)

5:30 PM

  • Dinner

7:00 PM      

  • Vision to Action with Dr. Nancy Going (Scott Auditorium)
  • Evening Prayer
  • Reception & Fellowship


7:30 AM     

  • Breakfast

8:15 AM     

  • Announcements

8:30 AM     

  • “What Now? Key Leadership Insights and Directions Going Forward” (Dr. Reggie McNeal)

9:45 AM     

  • Closing Thoughts from Bishop Suarez


10:15 AM   

  • Closing Worship with Renewal of Vows and Blessing of Chrism Oil

About Dr. Reggie McNeal

Dr. Reggie McNeal enjoys helping people, leaders, and Christian organizations determine and experience epic wins with Kingdom impact. He currently serves as City Coach for GoodCities of Minneapolis MN.

As City Coach Reggie provides coaching and consultation for individuals and teams in becoming more missionally-focused and Kingdom-biased in their ministry approaches.

Reggie has helped to shape the church leadership conversation over the past few decades through his extensive speaking schedule and work as an author. He has consulted/resourced every major denomination in North America. His books include Revolution in Leadership: Creating Apostles for Tomorrow’s Church (Abingdon Press, 1998), A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2000), The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Practicing Greatness: Seven Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Get A Life! (Broadman & Holman, 2007), Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Jossey-Bass, 2009), Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church (Jossey-Bass, 2011), Get Off Your Donkey! Help Somebody and Help Yourself (Baker, 2013). Reggie’s Kingdom Come: Why We Must Quit Our Obsession Over Fixing the Church and What We Should Do Instead (Tyndale, 2015) challenges the church to shift its narrative from a church-centric to a kingdom-centric ministry agenda.  His latest book, Kingdom Collaborators: 8 Signature Themes of Leaders Who Turn the World Upside Down (IVP, 2018), details the character and competencies of effective kingdom leaders.

Reggie served in local church leadership for over twenty years, including being the founding pastor of a congregation.  His experience also includes being a denominational executive for thirteen years and leadership development coach for over two decades  Reggie has lectured or taught as adjunct faculty for multiple seminaries, including Fuller Theological (Pasadena, CA), Southwestern Baptist (Ft. Worth, TX), Golden Gate Baptist (San Francisco, CA), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL), Columbia International (Columbia, SC), and Seminary of the Southwest (Austin TX). He has also resourced the United States Army Chief of Chaplains Office (the Pentagon), The Chaplains’ Training School (Ft. Jackson), Air Force chaplains, and the Air Force Education and Training Command. Reggie’s work also extends to the business sector, including The Gallup Organization, in addition to his role as an advisory board member for several ministry organizations.  He served for ten years as the Missional Leadership Specialist with Leadership Network, remaining connected with the organization as Senior Fellow.

Reggie’s education includes a B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Reggie and his wife Cathy make their home in Columbia, South Carolina.