January 29, 2022
9 AM - 4:30 PM

Live Location: Kenmore Alliance Church, Buffalo
Satellite Site: Pine Knolls Alliance Church, South Glens Falls

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Adult Ministry Track

Breakout Sessions

4 Steps To Answering Hard Questions with Rebecca McLaughlin

Making Space for Asking and Answering Questions with PJ Bogoniewski
Everyone has questions!  That's an unwritten and unspoken truth about the Christian journey.  No matter where you are in that journey you have questions that have to be answered before you take your next step.  Questions about God, the Bible, and how to make your faith work in this crazy, mixed-up world.  Answers to these questions might help you take your first steps of faith, or help you deepen your walk with Christ.  This talk with help us figure out how can we make space to engage with people in our church and community so that we can hear their questions, answer their questions, and help them take their next steps towards becoming a mature disciple of Jesus Christ.

Better Than Boring:  Integrating Apologetics In Your Groups Ministry with Brian French
Whether it’s a Sunday School class, a small group, or something in-between, it can be difficult to excite people about apologetics.  It feels like there are more "yawns" than "yays!" How can we use apologetics in a group context to help “present everyone mature in Christ?” This breakout session will look at strategies and steps you can implement in your adult disciple making strategy that will fire up a passion in both Christ followers and those investigating the truth of Jesus.

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Speaker Bios

Rebecca McLaughlinRebecca McLaughlin

Our keynote speaker at Training Ground 2022 will be Rebecca McLaughlin, who holds a PhD in Renaissance Literature from Cambridge University and a Theology degree from Oak Hill College in London. She is the co-founder of Vocable Communications and the author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion, named Christianity Today's 2020 Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year, and 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity. Her most recent book is The Secular Creed: Engaging Five Contemporary Claims, released in April, 2021 by The Gospel Coalition.

PJ BogoniewskiPJ Bogoniewski

PJ has run the gamut of lay and full-time ministry.  As a lay youth and adult leader he learned the difficulties of balancing job, family, and volunteering at church.  Then he stepped into the full-time ministry world - as a youth pastor, lead pastor, church planter, and now he co-pastors a church, specializing in the area of discipleship.  He's published four books to help Christians understand their role in discipleship.

Brian FrenchBrian French

Brian has had the privilege of pastoring  in churches both in Canada and the Northeastern United States.  He currently serves as Lead Pastor at Trinity Alliance Church in Rochester, NY.  He received his doctorate from Talbot Seminary in Preaching the Literary Forms of the Bible.  He and his wife Krista were married in 1999, and they have one son (Joshua). Brian enjoys reading, playing music, watching hockey (go Leafs go!), baseball (Let’s go Blue Jays!) and football (G-MEN!).  He also enjoys playing and streaming online computer games.