Getting Your Members Involved in Ministry
The second annual Church Involvement Conference took place on January 19 and 20, 2018 in Athens, TN at Athens church of Christ. Its sole purposes were to train involvement ministers and to assist congregations in getting all their members involved in ministry. Christians came from seven different states.
Because of prior engagements and lots of illness, the numbers were down this year but not the enthusiasm. The theme was “Making Members into Disciples” and keynoters were Dr. Tim Gunnells who spoke on the “Greatest Command” and Athens pulpit minister, Mark Littleton speaking on the “Second Command.”
Classes with breakouts took place Friday evening and Saturday morning. Of special interest were minister Matthew Thomas (Pickerington, OH) speaking on the topic “Are Gifts for Today?” and a panel addressing the interests of millennials with two Athens members Bradi Sewell and Caleb Rogers on the panel with Bert Paddock of Maryville, TN and Jeremy Hinote of Augusta, GA. Both work with youth and millennials. The goal of the panel was to create understanding of those born in the 1980s and the 1990s.
Travis Irwin, the involvement minister of Athens church of Christ and director of CIC, spent all day Friday training and leading several men in a study of involvement ministry. He also taught classes on involvement Friday night and Saturday.
Three meals were furnished, displays of a past Athens Ministry Fair were set up and a display of “Love Athens” was also shown. The Church Involvement Conference believes that Christians are God’s workmanship created for good works and that every Christian should be zealous unto good works. They also believe that when we are serving we are most like Christ and that serving is a mark of true discipleship.
The CDs for this year’s CIC are available by contacting the church office at 423 745 0554. The cost including shipping is $10.00 a set.
Travis Irwin, involvement minister of Athens Church of Christ, Athens, TN
423 745 0554