Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2014
Children’s Hunger Fun d announces its first Rethink Mercy Conference set for April 11, 2014 on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. It immediately follows the ‘Together for the Gospel’ conference for pastors earlier in the week.
“The Rethink Mercy Conference is an unprecedented opportunity for pastors and leaders to come together to ‘rethink’ what we mean by mercy ministry. So often helping the poor is either separated from the proclamation of the gospel or it gets confused with liberal theology in the name of so-called social justice,” says Dave Phillips, Founder and President of Children’s Hunger Fund, “We want to explore how to effectively equip leaders – especially church leaders -- for gospel-centered mercy ministry.”
The conference will feature principles from the Rethink Mercy workshops as well as a keynote message from Dr. Al Mohler, author and President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“The Gospel is not a message of social salvation, but it does have social implications. The church is not to adopt a social reform platform as its message, but the faithful church, wherever it is found, is itself a social reform movement precisely because it is populated by redeemed sinners who are called to faithfulness in following Christ,” says Dr. Mohler, “I look forward to the Rethink Mercy Conference where we can examine what God’s Word says about the primacy of the gospel and its implications for mercy ministry in the Church.”
Dhati Lewis, Lead Pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia will present a bible based seminar. He says, “The church needs clear biblical guidance as to how to rethink mercy ministries in the church.”
The Conference coincides with the launch of the Rethink Mercy Equipping curriculum that will equip churches throughout the world to practice gospel-centered mercy ministry in their own communities. Rethink Mercy has trained 1,500 leaders across the country and around the world.
“We are putting out a clarion call to churches to embrace mercy ministry as a way to build relationships and to lead people to Christ. Bringing a Food Pak to the home of a suffering family is a powerful way to meet their physical needs and to tell them about Jesus. This is the start of a movement and we invite all gospel based churches to rise up and to join in,” says Dave Phillips.
Rethink Mercy is an initiative of Children’s Hunger Fund which equips churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry through workshops, conferences, trainings and other resources. You can learn more and discover ways for your local church to be involved at RethinkMercy.org.
Children’s Hunger Fund has committed itself to gospel-centered mercy ministry for over twenty years. In all, CHF has distributed more than 1 billion dollars in food and other resources, serving the needs of more than 20 million children throughout the U.S. and in seventy-two countries worldwide. Since 1991, 99% of CHF's total revenue has been used for programs helping kids. More information can be found at ChildrensHungerFund.org.