STONECREST ISSACHAR CONFERENCE 2022
May 15 - 19 | Virtual Event
This year’s Stonecrest Issachar Conference will probably appeal to most folks in both a literary way and a spiritual way. The phrase Great Expectations for many of us brings to mind the great literary classic by Charles Dickens. Some of us will make our high school or college English teachers proud if the theme elicits memories of that novel.
Great Expectations, the novel, presented an important lesson about self-improvement, as it centers around the main character Pip whose desire for improvement gives the novel its title. Hooray for Pip, he believes that one can achieve his dreams and hopes for the future. He aspires to be better.
The spiritual side of the theme is from a familiar passage of scripture found in Acts 3:1-10 which relates the story of a lame man who sits outside the beautiful temple gate begging for money, having no great expectations, but who, in the end, is blessed beyond measure.
Both sides of our theme encourage us to avoid the initial attitude of the lame man-a disposition that allows us to crater under the weight of the many challenges that beset us daily-challenges that have multiplied during the pandemic, leaving many feeling hopeless and helpless. This dearth of the ability to have expectations for the future, no, GREAT expectations for the future has, unfortunately, crept into our churches. We doubt the future of the church, questioning how it will survive never-before-experienced challenges. We lament changes that have become necessary for churches to continue to be viable for His glorification.
The resounding message of the 2022 Stonecrest Issachar Conference is that we must have Great Expectations for the future of Churches of Christ-we must embrace existing vehicles that can and will assist us in a quest to survive and thrive: virtual services, greater and more effective utilization of social platforms, using our church buildings in creative ways, thinking outside the box on steroids!!
We have assembled a “Pip-like” group from across the country to share their expertise in areas that are critical to the church’s having Great Expectations, setting its sights on ways to overcome the obstacles that threaten it. Our panel of experts will equip us with strategies and methods that will enable our churches to ascend to greater heights-with clear direction and unprecedented results.
Today, there is a critical need for Christians to understand the times—the times of the greatest pandemic in history—the times of churches with dwindling memberships—the times of increased racial unrest—the times of corrupt government—the times of a breakdown in families—and the times of acceptance of a distorted view of love and marriage.
We must seek ways to understand and address these critical issues the way the Word of God teaches us to utilizing strategies that are outside the box, timely and effective. This conference will utilize people who are well-versed in a number of areas—who know what to do and who are eager to share their expertise.
Stonecrest Issachar Conference, a virtual event, will address issues in both the church and the family. It promises to be transformational!
Great Expectations: Pivoting After the Pandemic
Acts 3: 1 - 10