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Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove & Jerry Cain to Speak at Churchnet's Annual Gathering
Churchnet's 12th Annual Gathering is scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday morning, April 11-12, 2014, at First Baptist Church, 210 North A Street., Farmington, Missouri. This year’s annual gathering will build our 5-year emphasis: “Share Hope.” Our theme will be Share Hope: The World is Waiting! (Psalm 130:5-7). We are looking forward to a great meeting.
We will begin with our Annual Missions Banquet at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and conclude at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. The Missions Mobilization Team will host the Annual Missions banquet which will feature reports and updates on our Partnership Missions program with Guatemala and the Ukraine. Following our Missions Banquet on Friday evening we will have Share Hope Worship in the Auditorium. John Jackson, minister of music at First Baptist Church in Farmington, will be coordinating our music and worship. The worship will include the First Baptist Church Choir and worship leaders from Harmony Heights Baptist Church in Farmington as well as other guest musicians.
Our speakers this year will be Dr. Jerry Cain, Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove, and Mrs. Donna Potts, our convention president. After a four-year inner-city and youth ministry in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Cain began his career in higher education, serving at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX; New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM; and William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, before becoming President of Judson College in Elgin, Illinois, in 1998. He has served in capacities including admissions, alumni, campus ministry, classroom teaching and vice president. In July 2012, Mr. Cain retired after 14 years as President of Judson University.
In 1968, Jerry graduated from the honors program of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Science degree in religion and psychology. Three years later, he received the Master of Arts degree from Baylor University’s department of religion where his focus was historical ethics. Additional graduate education included studies at Midwestern Seminary and St. Paul’s School of Theology in Kansas City, and Regent’s Park College, Oxford, England. He has received honorary degrees from William Jewell College, Liberty, MO (Doctor of Sacred Theology), Central Baptist Seminary, Kansas City, KS (Doctor of Divinity), Nigeria Bible College and Seminary, Lagos, Nigeria (Doctor of Humanities) and Judson University (Doctor of Letters). Jerry will be leading the Bible studies during our Share Hope Worship Services.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School. In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood, through classes in North Carolina prisons, and in community-based education around the country. Jonathan is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.
Jonathan is a co-complier of the celebrated Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, and is the author of several books on Christian spirituality, including The Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, and The New Monasticism. An evangelical Christian who connects with the broad spiritual tradition and its monastic witnesses, Jonathan is a leader in the New Monasticism movement. He speaks often about emerging Christianity to churches and conferences across the denominational spectrum and has given lectures at dozens of universities, including Calvin College, Bethel University, Duke University, Swarthmore College, St. John’s University, DePaul University, and Baylor University. Jonathan will be our keynote speaker on during our Friday evening Share Hope Worship Service.
Donna Potts has been a strategic leadership in the life of our network for a number years as an officer and member of our Board of Directors. She has also been a key leader in Woman's Missionary Union in our state. She is an active member of Fee Fee Baptist Church in St. Louis. She serves on the Executive Committee of the North American Baptist Fellowship, one of the six regional bodies which make up the Baptist World Alliance. Donna will bring the message during our Saturday morning Share Hope Worship Service.
The Saturday morning session will begin with a continental breakfast and our Annual Churchnet Business Session. Following the Business Session the Annual Gathering will feature eight of Share Hope Workshops featuring ministries and training opportunites. Click the Annual Gathering on the Event & Training Hub for more information about these Workshops during the coming weeks. There is also information regarding the hotel blocks available for the event. Make plans now to join on April 11-12 in Farmington, Missouri.
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