Wayside Chapel EFC
1705 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78213
1:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
Annual TX - OK District Conference2014 Annual Leadership Conference: Thriving on the Front Lines The 2014 Annual Leadership Conference is called, “Thriving on the Front Lines.” Our keynote speaker this year is the well known and respected author Gary Thomas. The conference will be held February 28th to March 1st, 2014 - 1:00pm Friday to 1:00pm Saturday. The location for this year’s conference is Wayside Chapel EFC, 1705 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78213. We hope you’ll join us!Bring your spouse and stay over for a weekend visit to the famous San Antonio River Walk! Keynote Speaker: Gary Thomas
Bestselling Author and International SpeakerGary Thomas is a bestselling author and international speaker whose ministry brings people closer to Christ and closer to others. He unites the study of Scripture, church history, and the Christian classics to foster spiritual growth and deeper relationships within the Christian community.Gary’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and won numerous awards. His writings have established him as a thought-leader in the areas of marriage, parenting, and spiritual formation.Church leaders and pastors appreciate Gary’s ability to challenge and encourage the spiritual depth of an audience. He has spoken at conferences, retreats, and college campuses in 49 states and eight countries, including appearances at the Focus on the Family National Marriage Simulcast, the Gaithers’ Praise Gathering, and several National Pastor’s Conventions. Gary has also brought thousands of married couples closer together through his popular Sacred Marriage seminars. As a prolific writer, Gary has had over 150 articles published in major magazines, such as Christianity Today, Decision, Moody, Marriage Partnership, New Man, World, Charisma, Boundless.org and Discipleship Journal. His message has also been featured on national radio and television programs, such as Family Life Today and Focus on the Family.Gary is a lifelong advocate of using the Christian classics to bring people closer to Christ. His formal education includes graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Western Washington University. In addition, he holds a Master’s degree with a concentration in systematic theology from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., where he studied under Dr. J.I. Packer. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Gary is an avid runner who has completed eleven marathons, including Boston three times. He is married, has three children, and lives in Houston, TX where he is a Writer in Residence at Second Baptist Church.Friday 4:30 to 5:30 pm – Thriving on the Front Lines Through Authentic FaithThe faith God calls you to is far more than a glowing positivism that shields you from life's struggles. It is one that guides you into a deepening intimacy with the God who sustains you in the broad sweep of life. Gary will help you sharpen your spiritual vision and fortify your commitment by examining ten disciplines God uses to forge a fire-tested faith. A biblical view of these disciplines can safeguard you from disillusionment when---not if---difficulties surface in your life. Sharing scriptural insights, the wisdom of Christians through the centuries, and cogent personal observations, Gary will explores the disciplines of selflessness, waiting, suffering, persecution, social mercy, forgiveness, mourning, contentment, hope and fear, and sacrifice. This eye-opening look at what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus will encourage you, bolster your faith, and help you rise above shallow attachments to fix your heart on things of eternal worth.Friday 7:00 to 8:30 pm – Thriving on the Front Lines Through Sacred MarriageYour marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. But what if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy . . . but holy? And what if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God? Everything about your marriage--everything--is filled with prophetic potential, with the capacity for discovering and revealing Christ's character. The respect you accord your partner; the forgiveness you humbly seek and graciously extend; the ecstasy, awe, and sheer fun of lovemaking; the history you and your spouse build with one another--in these and other facets of your marriage, Gary will help uncover the mystery of God's overarching purpose. This session may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God, and to a spiritual integrity that, like salt, seasons the world around you with the savor of Christ. ---------------------------------Conference cost scheduleEarly Bird Registration (by Jan. 22): $79.00 per person or $99.00 per married coupleRegular Registration (Jan. 23 - Feb. 21): $99.00 per person or $119.00 per married coupleLate Registration (Feb. 22 or after): $119.00 per person or $139.00 per married coupleSaturday only Registration (by Feb. 21): $29.00 per person or $39.00 per married couple.
(Feb. 22 or after): $59.00 per person or $69.00 per married couple.Hotel InformationWe have secured a special rate for room accommodations. The discount code is "EFCA" when making reservation to get the special rate. Hotel information is in the brochure and listed here:Holiday Inn San Antonio International Airport
77 NE Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78154
Hotel Front Desk: (888) 615-0518 or local (210) 349-9900
http://tinyurl.com/HolidayInnAanAntonioEFCA $99.00 rate block which includes a complete breakfast for 2 (available 2 days prior and 2 days after conference dates). Must make reservation by 2-7-14! ---------------------------------Saturday Workshop Sessions - There will be two Saturday workshop sessions: Workshop Session #1 will be from 8:30 until 10:00 am.
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