Attend BACE to Advance Spiritual Maturity

Sunday 20th February, 2011

I want to invite all those who serve on the educational staff (any age group, preschool through adult) in the church to attend the Baptist Association of Christian Educators meeting in Nashville this week. Below is a great reminder from my friend, Mark Miller of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, about why the two days will be a great investment for your ministry. It was in his blog post, Why come to BACE!!!! Next Thursday and Friday at FBC Nashville:

In a recent survey by LifeWay Research, the No. 1 predictor of spiritual maturity among church goers was whether or not they read the Bible on a daily basis.

Yet, only 16 out of 100 of those who regularly attend our churches read the Bible every day; another 32 percent read the Bible at least once per week. This means that more than 50 percent of people who come through our doors on a regular basis only read their Bibles occasionally, perhaps one or two times per month, if at all. Even more sobering, only 37 percent of those who attend church regularly say that reading and studying the Bible has made a significant difference in the way they live their lives. Only 37 percent.

George Guthrie, professor at Union University and author of Read to Bible for Life, is the keynote speaker. Read the Bible for Life is an emphasis that your church will want to participate in this Fall and next year.  George shares that the Read the Bible for Life emphasis is designed to accomplish two things foundationally:
1.        We want to help people learn to read the parts of Scripture well, so they know how to engage a psalm, or an Old Testament story, or a parable, applying the word in specific, life-changing ways.
2.        We want to help people understand how the grand story of the Bible fits together, so they can understand their place in that grand story that God has written on the world.

Since we are Christian Educators, what could be more important than joining with others Christian Educators to learn about an emphasis that could transform our churches and see lives changed.  

Please consider registering for this year's conference.  TBREA members are asked to join us for a free lunch and then help us greet participants as they arrive.  

Register at www.baptisteducators.org.

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Mark Miller is the author of the Dr. Mark Miller Blog and serves as Sunday School, Discipleship Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

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