MARSHALL, Texas (9/04/12)- East Texas Baptist University invites area ministers and church members to “Engage at ETBU: Leading the Church in the 21st Century.” The two-day conference will be held on campus November 9-10.
The featured speaker for the conference is Gabe Lyons, founder of Qideas.org (Q), the co-author of Unchristian and author of The Next Christians. The Q conference was birthed out of Lyons’ vision to see Christians, especially leaders, recover a vision for their historic responsibility to renew and restore cultures.
ETBU University Chaplain and Vice President for Spiritual Development Dr. Scott Bryant is thrilled to have Lyons on campus. According to Bryant “Gabe Lyons is a nationally recognized leader in helping Christians relate the gospel to individuals who no longer recognize the authority or message of the institutional church. Through the Q conferences and the Qideas.org website, Lyons is having a great influence on church leaders who want to faithfully present Christ to nonbelievers. We are grateful to have him join us in East Texas. Lyons will no doubt challenge and inspire Engage participants to fully embrace this opportunity to present again the good news of Jesus Christ.”
Breakout sessions will also be offered Saturday morning to provide information and encouragement to participants. Sessions include “Reaching Those Who Are Not Like Me,” led by Eric Bryant, South Campus Pastor of Gateway Church in Austin. Bryant is the author of Not Like Me and previously served on staff at Mosaic in Los Angeles.
Dr. Ellis Orozco, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Richardson, will offer a session entitled “Effective Preaching in the 21st Century.” Dr. Emily Row Prevost will present “Understanding the Millennial Generation.” Dr. Prevost is the Director of Leadership Development at ETBU and formerly worked with Buckner and the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
“Engage at ETBU” begins with a dinner on Friday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m. followed by Lyons’ presentation at 7:00 p.m. Lyons will open the second day of the conference Saturday morning and will be followed by breakout sessions led by Bryant, Orozco, and Prevost.
Dr. Rick Johnson, ETBU Professor of Practical Theology and Old Testament, explained why ETBU is offering the event for area church leaders. According to Johnson “People are not born followers of Jesus; they become so by choice. But for many people today that choice looks unattractive because of negative perceptions of Christianity and Christians. This conference will help us recognize the challenges so that we can help people hear the gospel afresh.”
The cost to attend the conference is $50. Each participant will receive a copy of Lyons’ The Next Christians and Eric Bryant’s Not Like Me. The registration fee also includes dinner on Friday evening along with admission to the ETBU football game on Saturday. ETBU Alumni and students may attend the conference at a discounted rate.