Details: What is your schedule (and other matters) for the
“Church Involvement Conference?”
Friday afternoon, January 20, 2017, 2 to 4 pm “Nuts & Bolts” with Travis Irwin sharing some of the things that have been fruitful (100% involvement) at Athens Church of Christ: “Getting Connected” and “Down on the Farm.” Preview of 2017 focus.
Friday evening, January 20, 2017, 6:00 to 6:30 Check In – 6:30 to 8:15 pm Supper, Dr. Carlus Gupton will speak once during our supper time together on the topic of “The Spirituality of Involvement: Challenging the Norm of Non-Discipleship” followed by ‘Break Out Sessions.’ We will break at 8:15 for the evening. Folks are welcome to stay and visit.
Saturday morning, January 21, 2017, 8:00 to 11:15 am Breakfast for everyone at 8:00 and Dr. Gupton will continue his thoughts in two more presentations this morning followed by two more ‘Break Out Sessions.’
Saturday 11:15 am Lunch Break followed by “Shop Talk” wherein those who wish to stay can share and hear ideas for Connection and Involvement Ministries. This sharing time will last at least an hour and those who need to leave can do so at their discretion. Most congregations are always searching for ideas. This will be a great opportunity to learn what other churches are doing to get members involved and to help their church grow.
Why did you choose Dr. Gupton?
Dr. Gupton, in our estimation is probably one of the most qualified men in the brotherhood to address Connection and Involvement Ministers. For a full biography on him you can go to his website: http://www.lifeandleadership.com/ His thoughts will be uplifting but also challenging.
What about the motels in Athens?
There are 3 high quality motels at Exit 49 on I-75 (I-75 runs between Knoxville and Chattanooga north and south). Those motels are:
The Comfort Inn 423 252 8030
The Hampton Inn 423 745 2345
Holiday Inn 423 649 0003
I would urge you to go ahead and make your reservations soon; these motels are usually full because we are part of a tourist area even during the winter.
What about the meals?
You will be furnished three meals while you are here: Supper Friday evening and Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday.
What about CDs?
Dr. Gupton has given us permission to record his messages and give them to all who attend the conference. We have paid staff who will duplicate and mail these to you.
What is the cost?
Every sponsoring church (of events) struggles with whether to charge for such events. We believe this event is worthy of your travel, effort and expense. We will provide the CDs of Dr. Gupton’s speeches, any related materials, all 3 meals and of course, excess to Dr. Gupton for $50 per attender.
What about registration?
We are requesting registration and payment at least a month before the actual event (at latest, please register by January 10, 2017). You can call the church office at 423 745 0554. Donna Whitted is our administrative assistant and Mark Littleton is our pulpit minister. If the office is closed, please leave your name and number.
We want the first CIC to be fruitful and well attended. Your pre-registration will help us in this quest. If you have any questions about this arrangement, you can call the church office and talk to me (Travis Irwin, 423 745 0554).
Why did you pick the dates of January 20 & 21, 2017? Many may wonder why we are having this event in the dead of winter. There are two answers. First, when we were planning the 2013 EQ conference we wanted to avoid other church related events (lectureships) and school breaks, etc. (it appears that our brotherhood has something going on throughout the year). It is nearly impossible to avoid other events, and we agreed to try a January date. The risk is the weather. We do not have an alternative date if the weather is poor. We will reimburse any fees if the event is cancelled. The other reason we went with a January date is because the weather is cold yet good during January in East Tennessee. If the Lord wills, the event will take place.
What if I have other questions or concerns? If you have any other questions please feel free to contact Involvement Minister Travis Irwin at the church office at 423 745 0554 or on his personal phone (text or phone call) at 423 920 3060 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for the 2017 “Church Involvement Conference”
- Which church do you represent?
- How did you hear about C.I.C.?
- How many are in your party? Please give a full name for each person who is attending with you and his/her position/role in the church.
- Who is your contact person? Please give full name and contact information.
- As soon as we receive your registration fee, you will be fully registered and we will confirm your registration. Is your fee enclosed? Make checks out to “Athens church of Christ” put “CIC” in the memo. Thank you.
- Will you be attending all the Friday afternoon and evening sessions and all the Saturday morning and afternoon sessions? If you are not attending all the sessions, which sessions will you be attending?
- If you have questions, you can call the church office at 423 745 0554 or email us at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you. We are looking forward to your being with us.