Church work can be draining and lonely for leaders who sometimes find themselves working in departmental silos. But when leaders of individual ministries come together to work toward a common goal, families — and the entire church — begin to thrive.
“Thrive” is the theme of this year’s ETCH (Equipping the Church and Home) Family Ministry Conference — an annual resourcing and networking event hosted by LifeWay Christian Resources. This year, around 1,200 leaders from kids, students, next-generation and family ministries are expected to gather in Nashville Oct. 7-9 for ETCH.
“ETCH is all about ministry teams leading together,” said Jana Magruder, LifeWay Kids director. “This year, our kids and student ministry teams chose ‘Thrive’ as a theme to capture the verse John 15:5: ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.’
“When we thrive in our own personal spiritual lives we bear fruit that helps our ministries thrive,” Magruder said. “Ultimately, this fruit translates to the thriving of the churches and families we serve.”
Main session speakers will include:
— Louie Giglio, Passion City Church founding pastor, next generation ministry expert and author;
— Christine Caine, co-founder of Propel Women and The A21 Campaign — an anti-human trafficking organization;
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Source: Baptist Press