What is GROW|22?

Jesus gave his church one mission: to make disciples (Matt 28:18-20). That is what we, as a church, are about. We want to see the gospel transform lives, such that unbelievers trust in Christ and believers grow to maturity in Christ. The purpose of GROW|22 is to exhort and equip the church to fulfill this commandment in the most fundamental of places and ways: first the home and then the church home. Parents, siblings, and grandparents all have the privileged opportunity to make disciples at home, and members of the local church have the privilege of investing in the young unbelievers who gather with us each week. Join us for the weekend and then let’s make disciples!


Anytime we seek the Lord like this, we recognize the vital importance of preparing our hearts to be receptive to the Spirit’s work prior to gathering for the weekend conference The congregation has been asked to commit to praying and fasting for the 40 days leading up to GROW|22. Please click the button below to download a copy of this year’s prayer guide.

The recommendation has been to fast from one meal each day and set that time aside for reading the daily scripture, meditating upon it using the questions provided, and then praying to the Lord in light of the text. For those who are medically prohibited from fasting, there are numerous other ways to participate in a corporate fast, such as restricting certain pleasant food items such as sweets or flavored drinks (Dan 10:3). The purpose of such fasting is for godliness, for the abstaining from pleasures tunes our heart to see our need for the Lord and heightens our sensitivity to His still, small voice. Fasting creates dependence upon the Lord and humility before Him.

GROW|22 Schedule

Friday, February 18
7:00 – 8:30pm | Jonathan Lawler – Psalm 78

Saturday, February 19
10:00 – 11:30am | Dave Hilgeman – Joshua 24
11:30 – 12:00pm | Service Fair (Fellowship Hall)
12:00 – 1:00pm | Lunch (Worship Center)
1:00 – 1:35pm | Breakout A (classrooms)
1:40 – 2:15pm | Breakout B (classrooms)
2:20 – 2:55pm | Breakout C (classrooms)
3:00 – 4:30pm | Ed Jones – Matthew 28:16-20
4:30 – 5:00pm | Service Fair (Fellowship Hall)
5:00 – 6:00pm | Family Dinner (Worship Center)
6:00 – 7:30pm | Sam Greene – Deuteronomy 6

Sunday, February 20
11:00 -12:20pm | Jonathan Lawler – Genesis 48:1-22


While GROW|22 is free, we ask that you please register for this event so that we can have appropriate childcare and meals. We will collect a love offering on Friday night with which to bless our speakers.

Break-Out Sessions

Creating a Spiritual Family Plan

Joshua was a man of decisive action. You likely are familiar with his words when he said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh 24:15). But I wonder how many parents have found themselves overwhelmed, afraid, and thinking as I have, “But how do I practically live into these words.” One thing is for certain, Joshua had to be incredibly intentional. He lived in an aggressive culture which sought to stomp on his godly goal. Friends, we must be intentional too! In this breakout session, we will think about establishing a spiritual family plan. Parents should ask God to help them to develop personal family mission statement, establish some Key Practices, as well as some non-negotiables. 

Family Worship Made Simple

Have you wanted to lead your family in regular times of Bible reading and discussion but felt overwhelmed or intimidated by the prospect? Are you not sure where to start or how to engage all your kids at the same time? Are you empty-nesters in need of a new rhythm of spiritual conversation? In this breakout session, we will see how regular family worship can be as simple as three words: read, pray, sing.

Life on Mision

We know that Jesus has commissioned us to make disciples of all nations, and that we are to be ambassadors for Him, imploring others to be reconciled with God. But where do we begin? How can we make witnessing second-nature? In this breakout session, you will be equipped with tools and practical helps to turn everyday conversations into gospel conversations.

Being a Disciple-Maker of Your Grandchildren

Nothing of value really happens apart from intentional planning. One of the greatest joys of grand-parenting is witnessing saving faith being exercised in your grandchildren. In this breakout session, Sam will share his unique testimony of how his grandparents had a hand in his salvation and how you, as a grandparent, can be instrumental in planting seeds of faith in the tender hearts of your grands!

TruthSticks Training

What does it take to communicate Velcro truths in a Teflon world? Join Mark and Mary Leigh Snowden to discover six reasons why you’ll want to use Bible stories in witnessing and discipling. 


Sam Greene

Sam served churches in Florida, Alabama, and Ohio as pastor for over thirty years and has been preaching the Gospel for over forty years. Through the years he has traveled abroad preaching in Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. Sam also served the Mission Field with First Bible Midsouth helping unreached people groups with various Bible projects. He and his wife, Lisa, now reside in Mt. Orab, Ohio and serve in the ministry of First Baptist Church of Mt. Orab. They have been blessed with four grown children and eleven grandchildren.

David Hilgeman

David Hilgeman married his bride, Charity, twenty-three years ago. Together, they have raised two sons, Gabriel and Joshua. It has been their continual desire that God would keep them on a tight leash, and that His word would have its proper place as the touchstone for their family. David completed several courses of study through Liberty University’s Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he served as a pastor for the past six years.

Ed Jones

Ed Jones grew up in church, the son of a Baptist preacher. He has served God’s people for nearly fifty years in various capacities, including Sunday School teacher and deacon. He and his wife Lovinda have been married for fifty-two years and are blessed with three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren! Besides owning a business with his wife, they simply enjoy doing life together as parents, grandparents, advisors, and babysitters.

Jonathan Lawler

Jonathan has pastored the congregation at First Baptist Church in Mount Orab for the past six years. He has a heart for seeing God take His Word to transform the lives of His people. He graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Counseling. Jonathan has been married to the love of his life, Tara, for thirteen years, and they have been blessed with three boys at home – Josiah, Jadon, and Judah, one son in heaven, Samuel.

Mark Snowden

Mark Snowden picked up Bible Storying years ago and helps churches use the Bible for witnessing and discipling. Mark and the late Avery Willis wrote the book Truth That Sticks which is still used to train church leaders and missionaries today. Mark serves as our Cincinnati Area Baptist Association’s director. He and his wife, Mary Leigh, live in Batavia, Ohio.