Does the Church Matter? (past)

Date: Tuesday, August 29
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center
Cost: $15 (register by Aug. 22)

Join fellow Abilene-area ministers to tackle an important question facing 21st-century congregational leaders: “Does the church matter?” (Spoiler alert: we think she does!)

At this upcoming minister’s luinch, Randy Harris will offer his insights and perspectives on the ever-changing attitudes toward the church in a world and at a time when the church and ministers do not hold the highest spots on the go-to list for addressing moral and spiritual decisions. When young people and some not-so-young people are parting ways with the church in record numbers, church leaders are challenged with questions about the church’s importance.

Randy Harris is ACU Bible instructor as well as spiritual director for the College of Biblical Studies and the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry.

Register today for the session at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center. Ministers, church staff, and elders are invited to participate. The cost is $15 per person, and the deadline is Aug. 22.

The mission of the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry is to offer resources and best practices for leading congregational communities in pursuit of God’s mission the world and to provide avenues for the spiritual formation of Christian leaders. In doing so, the institute promotes constructive and collaborative relationships between churches and Abilene Christian University. The Church portion of the CHARIS site is one of the Siburt Institute’s many resources.

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Author:  Publish Date: July 6, 2017


The CHARIS website hosts conversations of and about Churches of Christ. In partnership with the ACU Library and the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry at Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX), the website is supported and led by the Center for Heritage and Renewal in Spirituality (CHARIS) at ACU. The Center’s mission is to renew Christian spirituality through engagement of Christian heritage, at Abilene Christian University and beyond. The views expressed on the CHARIS website are those of the various authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of Abilene Christian University or CHARIS at ACU. Questions or comments about the CHARIS website can be directed to charis @

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Mac Ice
Chai Green
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Dr. John Weaver

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