Leadership and Family to Be the Focus of the Southern Baptist 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, July 11-15


A concurrent spiritual retreat, leadership development week and a family vacation characterize the Southern Baptist 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 11-15 at Ridgecrest, N.C.Southern Baptists from across the U.S. will be encouraged to launch, engage and advance into their destiny, as is the conference theme, drawn from Nehemiah 4:14, said Mark Croston, national director of Black Church Partnerships for LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

“The 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference is one of the leading conferences uniquely designed to coach and empower leaders of color,” Croston told Baptist Press. “This event will show you practically how to amp up your team, be more productive, cultivate teamwork and create a vibrant ministry.”

Worship services, Bible study, focused seminars, Christian service opportunities, dinners and recreational events comprise the week at LifeWay’s Ridgecrest Conference Center on Black Mountain, featuring more than 150 workshops for leadership development, personal discipleship, community effectiveness and church growth.

“Our promise is that your team will acquire new skills, tools, experiences, contacts, positional training, and resources to see exponential growth in their area of ministry,” Croston said. “Flexible training sessions will help ideas flow and set the groundwork for genuine collaboration between team members during the conference and afterward.”

Women’s, children’s and family events are also featured, including a day camp for younger children, and LifeWay’s Centrifuge Camp for students in grades 7-12.

“Balancing ministry and family is one of the most difficult assignments for a leader in the church. This conference is designed to give you the time to rest, renew and find revival in the beautiful mountain lodge with your entire family,” Croston said. “Your entire family will be taken out of the day-to-day stress of ministry and be rejuvenated. Last year over 60 percent of attendees shared the week with their families.”

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Source: The Biblical Recorder | Diana Chandler, Baptist Press