EmPower conference, rallies give new energy

Formerly known as the SBTC Evangelism Conference, the emPOWER Conference 2004, Feb. 9-10 at the Arlington Convention Center, will feature nationally known speakers and will be accompanied by six regional emPOWER Rallies across Texas in January and February.

Designed to “uplift, inspire and motivate,” according to promotional literature, and based on Acts 1:8, which speaks of being empowered by the Spirit, the inaugural emPOWER Conference (see promo, Page 10) will include Texan Zig Ziglar, motivator and author; Henry Blackaby, speaker and author of the popular “Experiencing God” study; Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano and president of the Southern Baptist Convention; and Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Ga.

Grammy-winning singer Larnelle Harris, songwriter and worship leader Don Moen and gospel trio Greater Vision will lead the conference in musical worship.

Other guests include Ergun Caner, Harry Lewis, George Harris, Bob Gomez and James F. Eaves.

The related regional emPOWER Rallies begin Jan. 11 and continue through Feb. 29 and will provide a local alternative for those unable to travel to the Arlington conference and an impetus for those able to attend both conference and rally.

Each rally site will host simultaneous youth and children’s rallies featuring music and relevant, Bible-based teaching.

Featured speaker for the Youth emPOWER Rallies is Pat Cammarata, who for more than 19 years has taught Bible studies, leadership training and parenting ministry seminars.

The Christian band Rhythm, regulars at camp and concert settings, will play their brand of music, described as “eclectic.”

The SBTC evangelism office said Cammarata and Rhythm are also available for local church dates the same weekends as the emPOWER Rallies on a “love offering” basis.

Tom Cottar, SBTC director of student evangelism, said he encourages churches to schedule area-wide Disciple Now (DNOW) youth events the same weekends as the Youth emPOWER Rallies.

A newly-published DNOW kit, “Great Love,” is available with a themed curriculum, T-shirts, games, etc. Samples are available by e-mailing Cottar at tomc@sbtexas.com.

The Children’s emPOWER Rallies, coinciding with the other events, are planned for children ages 5-12.

These will include age-appropriate activities in which the gospel is presented. Area children’s ministry leaders will coordinate the activities. Childcare will be available at each church site for birth through 4 years.

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