Partnering together to make disciples

by Chad Austin, BSCNC Communications
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | 2 yrs old

Most Christian families understand the need to nurture and develop faith in the home, but many of them don’t feel equipped or prepared to do to.

Many pastors and church leaders can feel frustrated when what’s taught and modeled at church isn’t reinforced at home.

But what if churches and families partnered and worked together in the spiritual growth and development process? The result would be homes and churches that are strengthened.

How churches and families can partner together to make disciples will be the focus of this year’s Building Faith-Filled Families conference, sponsored by the Church and Family Connect ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC). This one-day conference is designed for pastors, church staff and lay leaders, and is being held on consecutive days in two different locations.

The event is being held at Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh on Thursday, Sept. 24 and at Southside Baptist Church in Wilmington on Friday, Sept. 25. The conference speakers, content and format will be the same at both locations. Registration is open through Wednesday, Sept. 16 and the cost to attend is $15 per person or $20 per couple.

Mark Smith, family pastor at Lakeview Baptist Church in Hickory, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Smith has served on staff at Lakeview since 2005 and has written two books on the family.

Smith will share a vision for family ministry within the local church that emphasizes disciple-making in the home. Several consultants from the BSCNC will join Smith to address various topics related to family discipleship, including marriage, children, parenting, prayer, family devotions and more.

For more information or to register for the Building Faith-Filled Families conference in either Raleigh or Wilmington, visit