TAKE 5: Grace Chapel conference calls men to leadership

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

This week, we take five with Warren Carter of Sanford, who's organizing the second annual Grace Chapel Church men's conference, scheduled for Oct. 5-6 at the church, located on Jefferson Davis Highway. Speakers include Mick Bowen, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Knightdale, and former N.C. State University basketball star Tommy Burleson.

What's the objective of the conference?

To help and encourage men to be leaders in their community, church, occupation, and most of all in their families. If you are a man who is searching for purpose in your life, a man who wants to make a difference in the world, or if you have drifted away from the church and want to come back, then you can receive the help you need at this conference.

One of the conference speakers, Tommy Burleson, is very familiar to basketball fans. He teamed with David Thompson to help N.C. State win the 1974 NCAA Tournament. Why was it important to you to bring in Burleson to speak?

Sometimes high-profile Christian athletes can have a positive impact on those to whom they speak, and we're sure this will be true with Tommy. He'll be in the Grace gymnasium from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday for a question-and-answer session, so the men attending can ask questions about his years at NCSU and in the NBA. Tommy will also share his Christian testimony at some point during this session.

Your keynote speaker is Mick Bowen. Why did you select Mick, and what will his message be?

Mick answered the call to ministry while in the business world, when he was employed with Union Carbide Corporation and had oversight for 700 employees during the latter part of his time there. After preparing himself for the ministry at Tennessee Temple University and Seminary, he pastored for 10 years at Laurie Baptist Church in Hodgeville, Ky. He is now in his 19th year as pastor at Faith Baptist in Knightdale. Besides has pastoral ministry, Mick also started both a Christian school and a Bible institute.

Mick is well known among his peers as a leader of men. His messages will address the importance of salvation, sharing your faith with others, the importance of a man's leadership in his family, and serving in your local church. He’ll speak during the Saturday night portion of the conference, plus at the early and regular services Sunday.

What can men who attend the conference expect during the two days, and why are conferences like this important?

Most importantly, the men should expect to be challenged from the word of God. We'll be offering meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday, which you must sign up for), along with four breakout sessions. Men need encouragement; they need help in how to live their faith without compromise in a world full of temptations. They need to be encouraged to maintain ethical standards in business and personal integrity in their social lives.

How can men get registered for the event?

Men can register at www.gracechapelsanford.net or by calling (919) 770-2327. There's no cost to attend, although a love offering will be taken at each session. The registration deadline is Oct. 1.

For questions, email me at wrcarter07@windstream.net.