Scott Brown began the two-day session with the keynote addresses: "Returning to Biblical Order in Church and Home" and "Biblical Pictures of Headship in the Home." Scott is the Director for the NCFIC (National Center for Family Integrated Churches).
Voddie. Everyone was waiting for Voddie to arrive. We had never met or heard him speak in person, although we knew he was a very motivational and encouraging speaker after listening to one of his CDs we had borrowed. The announcement was made that Voddie was recovering from the flu but would be flying in later in the day, and the schedule was rearranged so he could still get in his three keynote addresses.
His sessions included: "Answering Objections to Uniting Church and Family," "What He Must Be--The Biblical Portrait of a Father's Discipleship Responsibility in the Home," and "Go and Make Disciples--Evangelism and Missions in the Family Integrated Church."
Jonathan's goal was to interview all the speakers at some point during the weekend. Voddie was usually swamped with folks around him asking questions. Finally, as he was rushing out to catch his flight home, Jonathan managed to snag him for a two-minute interview. (And when Jonathan is not so swamped himself with end-of-semester school assignments, he is going to post snippets of the interviews and additional pictures on his blog.)
Here's Jason Dohm, one of the breakout session speakers, holding his little cutie. His sessions included: "The Sufficiency of Scripture--Establishing Biblical Practices in the Church" and "Establishing Biblical Church Leadership."
Other topics by various speakers: "Calling Men to Lead," "Equipping Family Shepherds," "Church Planting Principles and Practices," "If, When, or Why to Leave a Church," and "Transitioning to Family Integrated Church Life." Of course, with these being breakout sessions, we had to pick and choose which ones we most wanted to hear.
We will try and gather our notes together on some of these sessions and post in a separate entry later this week. Do you get the idea that our two days were cram packed with excellent teaching and times of fellowship? It was very enjoyable!
However...craft lovers usually find a way to sneak out and pop into a local yarn shop at some point, also very enjoyable. :)
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