the Men's Conference

The middle ground is often where we find the most comfort in this lost and broken world. The middle ground requires very little from us. The middle ground gives us just enough Jesus to keep us out of hell, but not so much that he interferes with our day to day lives. In the middle ground we find the grace of Jesus that is abundant and free, but it doesn’t cost us anything as we walk in the world as Christians. 
The middle ground is comfortable, but it’s a lie. The middle ground is where men waste away. The middle ground is where Satan attacks our families. The middle ground is where men stand when they want to live in  comfort, not conviction.  
The truth is there is no middle ground in our walk with Jesus. Jesus doesn’t leave us that option. At some point, if we are genuine followers of Christ, we have to leave the middle ground, we have to get off the fence and we have to go all in. 
No reserves. No retreats. No regrets. 
Join us for the 2023 Carolina Men’s Conference as strive to leave the middle ground and be the men God has called us to be!

Event Schedule

Friday, August 25

Check In: 5:30pm
Dinner: 6pm - 7pm
Session One: 7pm - 8:15pm
Break: 8:15pm - 8:30pm
Session Two: 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Saturday, August 26

Coffee and Doughnuts: 8:30am - 9am
Optional Church Break Out Time: 8:30am - 9am
Session Three: 9am - 10:15am
Break: 10:15am - 10:30am
Session Four: 10:30am -11:15am
Optional Church Break Out Time:
11:30am -12:30pm (You can choose to have a box lunch provided)

featured speakers

Clint pressley

CLINT PRESSLEY serves as the Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. Pastor Clint uses an expository preaching style and has a strong biblical study background.
He was a student-athlete playing football before receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on his final project toward the Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Prior to his call to Hickory Grove, Clint served as the Senior Pastor at Dauphin Way Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama from 2004–2010. Before serving in these two capacities, Clint served as Associate Pastor of Preaching at Hickory Grove and Senior Pastor at two churches in Mississippi.

Clint’s service, both at large and small churches, has prepared him for denominational service within the Southern Baptist Convention and other leadership posts. In 2013, he served as Vice President of the SBC Pastors Conference. In 2014–15, Clint served as the First Vice President of the SBC. He also has served on the Board of Trustees of The University of Mobile, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is married to Connie LaBelle Smith Pressley and they have two sons, Mack and Nate.

Cory Horton serves as the Senior Pastor of Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, SC. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Growing up the son of a pastor, Cory has spent his life centered around the local church and surrendered to the call of ministry at the age of 16. After serving seven years at a Christian camp, Cory began serving as Senior Pastor of Elkdale Baptist Church in Selma, AL in 2010. In 2021 he accepted the call as Senior Pastor at Brushy Creek. 

He has been happily married to Wendy for over 20 years, and they have three children Cade, Emma, and Addi.

cory horton


Bruce Frank has been the Lead Pastor at Biltmore Church since 2008. Biltmore Church has seven campuses around Western North Carolina and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the country. Bruce became a follower of Christ at the age of 17, earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from Texas Tech University, his M.Div. from Southwestern Seminary, and his D.Min. from Luther Rice Seminary. 
His hobbies include golf, working out, reading, and watching movies starring Denzel Washington. Bruce and wife, Lori, have two sons, Conner and Tyler, along with their daughter-in-law, Carissa, and the world’s best granddaughter, Elsie Grace. He loves dogs, cats not so much.

Stephen Rummage is the senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He and his wife, Michele, have been married and in ministry together since 1991. They have one son, Joshua, a pharmacist, who lives in Florida with his wife, Morgan.

Throughout his ministry, God has given Stephen a vision to grow healthy congregations, preach expositional messages week by week, bring people to faith in Christ, and provide faithful and dynamic pastoral leadership. An extension of Stephen’s pulpit ministry, his daily Bible teaching broadcast, Moving Forward, airs on over 500 radio stations nationwide. Stephen has authored seven books and preached in 15 foreign countries. Among the highlights of Stephen’s ministry is being chosen by the Southern Baptist Convention to preach the Convention Sermon for the 2019 SBC meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. He also served as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention in 2016-2018 


Stephen Rummage



Conference Guide




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