The 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference (Black Church Week) sponsored by LifeWay and led by Dr. Mark Croston and the LifeWay team did not disappoint the eight hundred plus in attendance. This event is held each year at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.
What a time of excitement and blessings as African American Churches from across the country gather for training, meeting old acquaintances, and making new friends. The LifeWay team once again put together an exciting and informative schedule for all participants with dozen of breakouts and meaningful worship experiences.
This year’s theme was LEAD and the scripture reference came from Nehemiah 4:14. Dynamic preachers spoke each night from a letter in the theme title. Monday, Fred Luter, Jr., of Louisiana spoke on Launch; Tuesday, Anthony Dockery of California spoke on Engage; Wednesday, Geoffrey Guns spoke on Advance and Thursday, H.B. Charles of Florida spoke on Destiny. Each morning Bible Exposition from the YOU material was led by the dynamic James McCaroll of Tennessee.
Ohio’s own Damika Withers, a member of the United Faith Community Church, Reynoldsburg (Gerald Saffo, pastor) was recognized during the conference for completing the writing course and will become a contributing writer to the YOU curriculum. Way to go Damika! We are proud of you.
Centrifuge was held this same week at Ridgecrest for the youth of these churches and 13 salvations were reported.
On this mountain, fervent prayers were lifted, high praise was offered, and true worship took place. What a BLESSING!!!
Rocci and Damika Withers