In July more than 500 people gathered at Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., for Access, the national conference of the Charis Fellowship. The Charis Fellowship is a family of around 250 churches and ministries who are passionate about Jesus in truth, relationship, and mission. Pastors, leaders, and members from all across the country attended the conference where they engaged in biblical teaching, instructional workshops, and connecting with others.
The conference focused biblical relationships, and speakers presented on topics of the foundation, fuel, attitude, harvest, and outcomes of biblical relationships.
For many, Access is a time to connect with others in the Charis Fellowship and build relationships. Many churches attend conference together as a group. One such group from Florida included pastors, wives, and members from Neighborhood Church, which has campuses in Sebring, Ocala, and Lakeland.
“Our Neighborhood Florida crew always loves coming to Access! We don’t really get to see the other churches, so we look forward to conference every year and seeing our larger church family,” said Meredith Russell, wife of Pastor Ben Russell at Neighborhood Church Sebring.
“I really enjoyed Access this year. In a time of great transition for me, the speakers’ words and the workshops I went to greatly encouraged and uplifted me. I didn’t grow up in the Charis Fellowship, and one of the things that has struck me the most is how much it is like a family. One of my favorite parts of conference each year is seeing and catching up with my Charis family.”