You are Invited to the 4th Annual Church Involvement Conference

Learning from Others PLUS Widowhood Workshop

January 24 & 25, 2020 – Athens Church of Christ, Athens, TN

All Presentations will be in the auditorium except for Break Out Sessions

Friday, January 24 – Registration and Check-in time are from 8:30 to 9:00 – breakfast is not served

SNACKS & DRINKS will be available all today in the fellowship hall.  We request that you enjoy your snacks and drinks in the fellowship hall during the breaks.  Thank you.

9:00 to 9:45Is Leadership’s Greatest Aim to Keep Everyone Happy?

 Jerrie Barber, interim minister and director of New Shepherd’s Orientation & Shepherds Revitalization    

9:45 to 10:30  – Spiritual Matchmaking: The Art & Business of Disciple Making – Huston Oliver, administrator and involvement minister of Grace Chapel Church of Christ

Break:  10:30 to 10:45

10:45 to 11:30Sitting in the 2nd Chair – Tim Gunnells, professor at Amridge University and director of youth at Athens church of Christ, Athens, TN                                                       

Breakout sessions 11:30 to 12:10  –         Huston Oliver in the auditorium

Tim Gunnells in the basement           Jerrie Barber in the large classroom

Note:  Please offer a prayer of thanks for the lunch food before dismissing from your break out session.   And, then come straight to the fellowship hall. Thank you.

Lunch – 12:15 to 1:00 in the fellowship hall – we want to thank the Worship Committee for providing and serving the food for this meal.

1:00 to 1:45 – Growing and Keeping Everything the Same – Jerrie Barber

1:50 to 2:05 – Break

2:05Spiritual Matchmaking:  Creating Environments that Lead People into Discipleship of Jesus – Huston Oliver

Break 2:50 to 3:05

3:05 to 3:50  – Leading from the 2nd Chair – Tim Gunnells

Break out sessions:  3:55 to 4:45    Hutson Oliver in the auditorium

                                                               Tim Gunnells in the basement

                                                               Jerrie Barber in the large classroom

Supper:   5:00 to 5:45 in the fellowship hall – we wish to thank the Ladies’ Sunshine Ministry for providing and serving the food for this meal.

5:55 to 6:40  – Neglecting Our Silent Sufferers – Dean Miller,former pulpit minister at Maury City, TN and director of “Widowhood Workshops”

Break:  6:40 to 6:50

6:50 to 7:30 – Open Time for Q&A for any of our speakers – panel

Dismissal:  7:30

Saturday, January 25, 2020 – 8:00 to 8:30 –

     Registration for folks attending the Widowhood Workshop and those not yet registered for CIC.    Please eat breakfast before attending.  SNACKS & DRINKS will be available in the fellowship hall all morning.   Feel free to have snacks and drinks during breaks.   If you would keep your drinks and snacks in the fellowship hall area, it would be appreciated

Saturday, January 25 – this morning and tomorrow morning will hopefully serve 2 purposes:  (1) hopefully it will provide everyone who attends the blessing of the Widowhood Workshop itself (the workshop is designed for married couples, singles and widowed; it is good for anyone), and (2) it will hopefully encourage those who attend to go home and start a ministry for widows/widowers.    We know of no one in the brotherhood (or anywhere else) who is doing what Dean Miller is doing.   This is a greatly needed ministry not just for the church but also in communities everywhere.

8:30 to 9:30   – Widowhood from a Biblical & Personal Perspective – Session 1 – Dean Miller

Break:  9:30 to 9:45

9:45 to 10:45  –  Widowhood from a Biblical & Personal Perspective – Session 2

Break:  10:45 to 11:00

11:00 to Noon  – Life, Love & Loss – Dean Miller

Noon to 12:30 – Q&A about Widowhood Workshops – Dean Miller will answer questions

Evaluation & dismissal at 12:30 in the auditorium – we would like for all those who attended to do a brief evaluation of CIC and/or the Widowhood Workshop before leaving.

We invite you back to tomorrow morning’s adult class and worship service when Dean Miller will present the two lessons listed below:

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Praise the Lord—No Matter What! – Sunday morning Bible class at 9:30 in the auditorium – All adult classes will meet in the auditorium.

What to Do When We are Overwhelmed – Sunday morning worship at 10:30

If you wish to attend CIC or the Widowhood Workshop, please do the following before January 15, 2020:

  1.   Send a list of those attending from your church to us –


  •   Please send $40 per person; this donation covers 2 meals & materials.  Tnx
  • You may now pay/donate on line at under “Give On Line”

Our mailing address is P O Box 494, Athens, TN 37371,

What about the motels in Athens?

There are 4 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 ; Comfort Inn offers a church rate/discount; call them and ask for it. It is $89.10 plus 14.25% tax. If there is any problem, ask for Megan.

                         The Hampton Inn   423 745 2345

Holiday Inn   423 649 0003                  Fairfield Inn (opened May, 2018)   423 507 0870

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.

All sessions are recorded and will be sent to all who attend.

Our mailing address is P O Box 494, Athens, TN 37371

Our physical address is 1016 North Avenue, Athens, TN 37303

Our church phone is 423 745 0554

Travis Irwin’s (the director of CIC) phone is 423 920 3060 (text or call); email at

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