Posted on : Thursday August 15, 2019

By Sharon Mager

COLUMBIA, Md. — In a continuing effort to equip pastors and church leaders, The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) will host “Healthy Leaders for Healthy Churches,” a conference for church leaders, on Sept. 17-19. The conference will emphasize team leadership.

Jay Vineyard will lead “Healthy Leaders for Healthy Churches.”

BCM/D Church Services Consultant Randy Millwood said, “Teams bring energy to life… at least good teams do. But, sometimes teamwork can be a real drain. We’ve all been part of a team that asked more from us than it delivered or failed to ask anything of us at all. Great teams are great. Good teams are good, and everything else is very painful,” he said.

Millwood said the workshop will cover what great teams know and do. Participants will examine the characteristics of great teams based on Chick-fil-A’s team philosophy. “Chick-fil-A began studying teams in the late 1980s. These principles have enabled the company to grow to be a multi-billion dollar, quick-service restaurant chain,” Millwood explained. Participants will explore these principles and practices of teamwork, and apply them to the teams they lead or serve with.

The guest speaker will be Jay Vineyard, the ministry pastor of Dogwood Church in Tyrone, Georgia.  His primary pastoral responsibilities include leadership development, equipping and mobilizing volunteers, pastoral care, campus safety, and Russian missional engagement. Before joining the Dogwood staff, Vineyard served the Georgia Baptist Convention as a state missionary in church revitalization and leadership ministries for 14 years. He is also the Southern Baptist Convention’s liaison with Lead Like Jesus, an international leadership development service of Ken Blanchard.

The conference will be held in three locations:

Earlybird registration for BCM/D churches is $15, and $25 for all after that date. For more information, and to register, visit the BCM/D’s website or contact Dr. Randy Millwood at