The Largest Gathering of the Charis Fellowship Ever!
In a normal year, we’d meet in the summer for national conference, with engaging speakers, moving worship, and inspiring workshops and cohorts. But this has not been a normal year. Because of the corona- virus pandemic, Access2020, the national conference of the Charis Fellowship, has been moved to 2021. (Access2021 will take place July 27 – 29, 2021, in Winona Lake, Ind. with the originally scheduled theme, speakers, and location.)
In its place is WeAreOne, a virtual celebration of all things Charis Fellowship, which will be held on July 26, 2020. In a year in which the world has seemed so divided, the Charis Fellowship remains committed to the unique unity of our tribe of churches – we are one in truth, we are one in relationship, we are one in mission.
Unique and unified, churches in our tribe believes the opportunity for declaring the Gospel of Jesus Christ has never been greater.
From the Atlantic to the Pacific, WeAreOne will be a time when all Charis Fellowship congregations in North American assemble for a unique time of celebration and worship. It will likely be the largest Charis Fellowship gathering ever, as congregations join in the virtual festivities.
The week following the WeAreOne event will include online workshops and cohorts around various topics, just like you’d experience in person at an Access conference.
For more information, see weareone.video
WHAT TO EXPECT AT WEAREONE
WE ARE ONE IN TRUTH, Dan Gregory
Dan notes that we live in a culture that is desperate for the truth and confused about what is true. He will talk about how the truth that unites us as a fellowship of churches places us on the same page, even though we are diverse, because it ends up pointing us to Jesus.
Dan Gregory is in his 12th year as the Norton, Ohio, campus pastor at Grace Church. Previously he planted Community of Hope Church, in Columbia City, Ind., where he served a total of 14 years. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married 30 years and have three grown children and two grandchildren. His passion is seeing people come into a relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as training and developing young leaders.
WE ARE ONE IN MISSION, Emily Tellez
Emily will share some of the ways in which she has seen God bring together ministry partners to work as a team for the furthering of the gospel throughout the world and in her own backyard. God seems to take great joy in knitting together men and women who would otherwise never find themselves in the same room, to be living examples of the unity that comes from a mutual love for Jesus and making
Him make sense to the world.
Emily Tellez has been a part of the Charis Fellowship for the past 11 years. She grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, and has been married to her best friend, Juan Carlos, for almost 19 years. They have four children, Sara, Lucas, Julian and Mateo. Currently they live just outside Atlanta, where they have been in multi-ethnic church-planting ministry for the last four years. She has a passion for teaching and equipping others to become all that God has created them to be.
WE ARE ONE IN RELATIONSHIP, Tom Avey
Tom will talk about focusing on the priorities he set, and lessons learned along the way, as Charis Fellowship Coordinator.
Tom has been the Charis Fellowship coordinator since January 1998. He served as pastor at the Grace Brethren Church of Orlando, Fla., and as church administrator and pastor of church growth at the Grace Brethren Church of Lititz, Pa. He and his wife, Sandi, reside in Winona Lake, Ind. They have four adult children and eight grandchildren.
PRE-SERVICE INTRODUCTIONS with Wade Rininger, Andrew Wood, and Erik Jensen
WORSHIP led by teams from Charis Fellowship congregations.
A VIRTUAL CHOIR featuring musicians from more than 40 different churches around North America