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ACU to feature Summer Workshop on church ministry

For immediate release
June 26, 2003

Abilene Christian University's Summer Workshop will prepare ministry and church leaders for their work with childhood and adult spiritual education.

In February, Lectureship participants studied and experienced "Welcoming the Reign of God," and in July ACU will help Bible teachers become "Prepared for the Reign of God" at the 2003 Summer Workshop July 24-26.

"The church has the awesome responsibility of forming people for the kingdom of God," said director of church relations Dr. Mark Love.  "This year's Summer Workshop will challenge us with a call to kingdom repentance and suggest ways our churches can prepare people for the reign of God."

Keynote speakers are Mike Cope, Highland Church of Christ in Abilene; Shelley Neilson, East County Church of Christ in Portland, Ore.; and Eddie Sharp (’73), University Church of Christ in Abilene.

Cope will speak Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. on "A Community Prepared for the Kingdom."

"Those who follow Jesus are called to live a new way in the world – the way of the kingdom of God," Cope said.  "In living as God’s kingdom community, the church forms children, women and men to embrace the reign of God."

Neilson will speak on "The Reign of God and the Formation of Children" Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.

"Our children participate in the reign of God from their birth," she said.  "The presence of children at every level of congregational life allows kingdom formation to occur – not only for them but for adults who live and serve with them."

Sharp will speak Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. on "The Reign of God in the Faith Formation of Adults."

"The call to embrace the kingdom is a summons to lifelong transformation.  We must learn what it means to be formed for the present and coming reign of God," Sharp said.

Other workshop offerings include a singing group, praise and worship, a coffee house, and breakout sessions on a wide variety children’s and adult education.

The registration fee for Summer Workshop is $30 per person, and this year registration is available online or upon arrival.  Registration will begin at 1 p.m. July 25, in the McGlothlin Campus Center.  Housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservation forms are available online.

For more information about Summer Workshop, call 325-674-3750 or visit


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