DEEP: Embracing and Unleashing
the Power of God's Word

March 15-16, 2019
Mission Hills Church

God’s Word is life. The ultimate source of wisdom and inspiration for every believer. The ultimate ministry guide for every pastor and church leader.  You and your team are invited to learn and grow together at "DEEP: Embracing and unleashing the power of God's Word."  There is no better way to activate your ministry and the ministries of your volunteers than by diving DEEP into the scriptures.  Dr. Mark Strauss from Bethel Seminary will challenge us to utilize God's Word to navigate the most pressing issues of our day.  Diving deep into the scriptures, and then activating God’s truth into all we say and do.
Bethel Professor Dr. Juan Hernandez will lead our Spanish track. An excellent team of breakout leaders include: Dr. Marshall Shelley, Dr. Craig Smith, David Nelms and strategic ministry coaching in the areas of missions, children's and youth ministry. TTT 2019 is designed for leaders, volunteers and all church attendees.
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Featured Speakers

Dr. Mark Strauss

Dr. Mark Strauss

Mark L. Strauss (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is University Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego, where he has served since 1993. He is the author or coauthor of twelve books. Mark has a heart for ministry and preaches and teaches regularly at churches, conferences and college campuses. He is the weekly teacher at the Cove Bible study at the Church at Rancho Bernardo.  Mark lives in San Diego with his wonderful wife Roxanne, a marriage and family therapist. He has three children.

Dr. Juan Hernandez

Dr. Juan Hernandez

Juan Hernández Jr., a native of Camden, New Jersey, was born to Puerto Rican parents in 1968.  He holds degrees from Valley Forge Christian College (B.S); Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1998; Th.M. 2000); and Emory University (Ph.D. 2006).  Dr. Hernández has served in various ministerial capacities within Spanish-speaking churches, as well as taught at the Center for Urban and Ministerial Education (Gordon-Conwell), Candler School of Theology and MacAfee School of Theology.  Currently, he is an assistant professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minn., where he lives with his wife Melissa and daughter Iris.

Dr. David Nelms

Dr. David Nelms

David serves as Founder & President of TTI. He casts vision and gives direction to TTI as we impact the world for Christ. David is a former senior pastor and had success in growing three different churches in Maryland, Iowa and Florida. He has been a trustee on the board of Luther Rice Seminary and has taught all over the world. David received a Master of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute, a Master of Divinity from Luther Rice University and his Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice University. David is married to his lovely wife Loretta. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.


March 15 Friday

11:30 AM Pastor and Spouse Lunch
02:00 PM Afternoon Breakouts
06:30 PM Opening Session

Dr. Mark Strauss "A Biblical Response to the Ethical Issues of Our Day"

08:45 PM Adjourn

March 16 Saturday

08:00 AM CRM Annual Business Meeting
09:30 AM Session Two

Dr. Mark Strauss  "A Biblical Response to the Polarized Politics of Our Day"

10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Break Out One
NOON Lunch
01:00 PM Break Out Two
02:15 PM Conference Concludes

Friday Seminar for all pastor's wives

If you are connected to any pastor/planter, this is for you.

Friday, March 15th at Mission Hills Church
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

When the weight of ministry is heavy, we might feel the temptation to pull out. Maybe that means quitting altogether or maybe just a slow disengaging, a quiet walk into the shadows or out the back doors. Either way, understanding this unique and privileged Calling is what “calls” us back to loving the flock He’s put in our lives. We’ll spend the afternoon together, being reminded of the joys and pains of this ministry road that we share and discovering the unique Calling that He has put on each of our lives. There will be a good mix of fun and content, discussion and teaching, laughing and thinking.


1) Preaching with integrity

Dr. Mark Strauss

James says, “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1 NIV). Those who teach and preach are in a position of extraordinary privilege as they seek to embrace and unleash God’s Word. But with privilege comes responsibility. In this session we will examine various challenges teachers and preachers face that can compromise their integrity, including the challenge of good exegesis, the use and misuse of the original languages, and the importance and potential pitfalls of illustrating the text.

2) The On-Mission Christian – Practical Keys to Unleash the Church

Dr. Craig Smith, Lead Pastor, Mission Hills Church

 Jesus never meant the church to be a building we come to, but a mission we are part of. So how do we unleash the followers of Jesus to follow him on mission in the world outside our walls? This seminar will unpack practical, easy-to-implement principles that will help us help our people be the church Jesus always intended.

3) Growing In Grace

Dr. Marshall Shelley, Denver Theological Seminary

Grace is at the core of Christian faith, but it’s easily misunderstood. Since 2 Peter tells us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ,” we should know something about graduated grace and how that happens. What’s our part in that ongoing experience? Yes, “How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed,” indeed, but it even goes beyond that!

4) Disciples Making Disciples

Dr. David Nelms, Timothy Initiative

The Word of God is being unleashed! People are flooding into the Kingdom in unprecedented numbers!  It’s just like the Book of Acts! In this breakout we will talk about Disciple Making Movements-what makes it happen and how we can see the same thing here at home in our own ‘Rocky Mountain Jerusalems’!

5) “God’s Justice in Action: Defending the World’s Most Vulnerable”

Jon Good-International Justice Mission

In our journey toward a transformed world reflecting God’s justice and peace, there are far too many who face a constant, tangible, very real threat:  everyday violence. According to the UN, an estimated 4 billion people – more than half the world’s population - currently live outside the protection of the law.  This session will examine this hidden plague that is destroying lives and undermining the fight against poverty in the developing world.  Together we will explore ways that justice systems – police, courts, and laws – are failing those who need them most, and discuss ways that these broken systems can be repaired.

6) Personality Collisions

Lillian Dehn, Care and Women's Director, The Rock Community Church

Personality differences can be "an accident waiting to happen!  Learn how to work better as a team because of how God uniquely designed each one of you!

7) Children's: “The In-beteens”

Ariel Meyers, Children's Ministry Director, Stapleton Church

How can the church better prepare their preteens for growing in student ministry? Today’s preteens have graduated from kids ministry but are not yet ready for the expectations of student ministry. Join us as we discuss why preteens need their own ministry and how to get one started.

8) Communicating Scripture to Students

Rebecca Jacobson, Rocky Mountain Director, Youth Ministry Consultants

One of the most important things we do as youth workers is to introduce students to the Word of God. We’ll look at how to effectively communicate the truth of scripture and other strategies to foster long-term spiritual growth the in the lives of our students.




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