Vision2020 South continued Monday and Tuesday at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. About 350 people are participating in the annual conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.
Monday included meals sponsored by national organizations, including breakfast sponsored by GBCanada, USA, the Grace Brethren church-planting initiative in Canada. On Monday evening, the annual Chaplains’ Appreciation dinner sponsored by the Eagle Commission and the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation. Each military chaplain present gave an update on their current ministry. Larry Chamberlain, one of the founders of the Eagle Commission, which provides support for Grace Brethren chaplains, was honored. He retired this summer after more than 30 years with the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, the sponsoring organization of the Eagle Commission.
Randy Pope, founding pastor of Perimeter Church in north Atlanta, spoke at the evening worship Celebration on “Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church.”
Tuesday opened withe breakfast sponsored by CE National. Updates on the ministry were served with scrambled eggs and sausage gravy. In the evening, BMH/GraceConnect hosted their annual corporation meeting with a southern fried chicken dinner. The father-son southern gospel duo, Wilburn & Wilburn, provided music.
Tuesday evening, Chip Sweney, the NextGen and Community Transformation pastor at Perimeter Church. He challenged the audience to love people and build relationships as he spoke on “The Pursuit of Shalom from Jeremiah 29:4-7.”
Both days, conference participants left the hotel for mobile learning labs. Options included “Reaching Out to Refugees,” “Expand Your Religious Worldview IQ,” “See Model Churches,” “Business as Mission,” “Urban Ministry: Exploring the Global Language of Hip Hop Culture,” and others.
The conference concludes Wednesday morning with a 10 a.m. Celebration service featuring Grace Brethren pastor Jason Haymaker, and the business meeting for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. The day begins with breakfast hosted by the cooperating FGBC ministry, CPR-3.
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