That Christ Will be Honored

“…according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death…”

These are the apostle Paul’s words as he pours out his heart at the beginning of his letter to the Philippians. Paul’s words not only inform us—they also fortify our convictions. We are reminded that our expectation and hope is not in the favor won with kings or presidents in the courtrooms of men, but solely in Christ.

In an age when every foundational conviction of the Christian is under siege, we are reminded that we stand in a long line of faithful men who stood unashamed for the truth. Paul himself endured many hardships for the gospel even unto death, Peter was crucified for his faith in like manner to his risen Savior, and countless other men of unyielding resolve lived, fought, and died for the cause of the gospel. By both the words and lives of these saints, we are challenged to embrace our beliefs according to Scripture in a way that builds boldness in the face of ever-changing standards of truth—all so that Christ will be honored.

In view of this charge, the theme for Shepherds’ Conference 2022 is “Unashamed,” focusing on God’s call throughout the New Testament for leaders in His church to be unashamed—a call for courage, fortitude, boldness, and humility. Keynote speakers alongside Pastor John will include H.B. Charles, Voddie Baucham, Steve Lawson, James Coates, and others.

As we prepare for the conference this year, we look forward to welcoming back over 3,500 church leaders—for what will feel like a much-needed homecoming celebration. Volunteering for the conference is an opportunity for our church members to minister to these undershepherds of Christ, and thereby have a worldwide impact on Christ’s church.

Please prayerfully consider how you might serve in the conference this year. The conference will take place March 9–11, and volunteer registration begins on Sunday, January 9, with sign-ups on the patio after both morning services. Registration will close on Sunday, January 23, and the volunteer meeting will take place the following Sunday on January 30.

Most importantly, please pray that this conference would honor Jesus Christ by equipping each attendee with the courage to stand firm in service to Christ and His church.

Important Information for Volunteers

  • All volunteers must be members of Grace Community Church.
  • The conference will take place on March 9–11 (Wednesday–Friday), and setup and teardown will take place on March 7, 8, and 12 (Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday). Volunteers are needed for each of these days.
  • Registration on the Patio begins on Sunday, January 9.
  • The deadline for sign-ups is Sunday, January 23.
  • There will be a Volunteer Prayer Meeting on Sunday, January 30, from 1:00–2:30 pm in the Family Center. This meeting is important for all volunteers to attend.

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