On March 1-4 at Central Baptist Church Fountain City in Knoxville, Tn., ChurchWorks 2020 will center on how clergy can most effectively focus on their own wellbeing. ChurchWorks will be a time to think about caring for yourself in different ways; space for you to come and take a break from the day-to-day work, to network, to connect, to relax and to be renewed in your work as a minister.

As ministers we do quite well at taking care of other people when needs arise, but more often than not, we don’t take care of our own wellbeing as much as we should. When we are not able to physically, mentally or emotionally take care of the things we are dealing with, it’s much harder to carry those needs with other people. Three years ago, when ChurchWorks last engaged ministerial wellbeing, Matt Bloom of the Flourishing in Ministry Project at Notre Dame focused on why clergy and other caregiving professionals must prioritize self-care. Because a minister’s work is complex, often under-appreciated and subject to rapid change, Bloom emphasized maintaining a sense of calling and fulfillment is of central importance. In 2020, we will discover together how to care for ourselves as ministers.


ChurchWorks 2020 Registration

Regular Rate: $100 (includes morning & afternoon breaks, Tuesday lunch)

Seminary Rate: $50 (must be currently enrolled)

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ChurchWorks 2020 Schedule


Sunday, March 1, 2020
7:00 – 9:00 pm | Informal Gathering and Networking (Location TBA)

Monday, March 2, 2020
8:30 – 9:30 am | Registration Open (coffee/tea, light snacks provided)
9:30 – 10:15 am | Morning Gathering
10:15 – 11:30 am | Session 1– Susan Sparks
11:30am – 1:00 pm | Network Response Lunch (Lunch on your own)
1:00 – 5:00 pm | Lunch/Explore Knoxville on your own (Afternoon options provided)
5:00 – 5:45 pm | Informal Gathering and Networking (Light snacks provided)
6:00– 7:30 pm | The Laugh In Peace Comedy Tour

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
9:00 – 9:30 am | Registration Open (coffee/tea, light snacks provided)
9:30 – 10:00 am | Morning Gathering & Awards Presentation
10:15 –11:30 am | Session 2 – Susan Sparks
11:45 – 12:45 pm | Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 2:15 pm | Networks Debrief
2:15 – 3:30 pm | Breakout Session 1
3:30 – 3:45 pm | Snack Break (provided)
3:45 – 5:00 pm | Breakout Session 2
5:15 - 5:45 pm | Evening Gathering
6:00 pm | Dinner Groups in Knoxville

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
9:00 – 9:30 am | Coffee/tea, light snacks provided
9:30 – 10:45 am | Session 3 – Susan Sparks
10:45 – 11:15 am | Closing Gathering


ChurchWorks 2020 Keynote Speaker

Susan Sparks
Pastor, Madison Avenue Baptist Church, NYC

Susan is a trial lawyer turned preacher, comedian, speaker, author, nationally syndicated columnist, and Harley-riding cowboy boot addict.

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The Laugh In Peace Comedy Tour

Join us on Monday evening for The Laugh In Peace Comedy Tour with Rabbi Bob Alper, Muslim Comic Girbran Saleem and Susan Sparks for a fun-filled evening of interfaith comedy.
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ChurchWorks 2020 Awards

Each year at ChurchWorks, two CBF ministers are recognized for their achievements in ministry with the Young Baptist Leadership Award and the Jack Naish Distinguished Christian Educator Award. Click the link to learn more and to nominate someone for 2020.
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Knoxville Hotel Information

Book your hotel room for ChurchWorks 2020 before February 10, 2020 at the Holiday Inn Knoxville North, located about 3.6 miles from Central Baptist Church Fountain City.

Rate - $119 per night (plus tax).

Complimentary wireless internet, breakfast buffet, and parking.

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ChurchWorks matters because it is imperative that associates have safe, creative, intuitive space to think and grow around issues, questions and realities directly influencing and shaping their ministry and the church.

Molly Brummett Wudel, Co-Pastor, Emmaus Way Church (North Carolina) and Campus Minister at UNC Cooperative Baptist Student Fellowship


Past ChurchWorks Locations

2019 - Third Baptist Church, St. Louis, MO

2018 - Trinity Baptist Church, San Antonio, TX

2017 - Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL

2016 - First Baptist Church, Asheville, NC

2015 - First Baptist Church, Decatur, GA

2014 - First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL

2013 - Broadway Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, TX

2012 - Freemason Street Baptist Church, Norfolk, VA