In the article by our founder, Dr. David Crocker, celebrates and remembers the ten years since the beginning of the full-time Inasmuch ministry. Incredible things have occurred because of the faithfulness and blessing of God over these last ten years.
Dr. Crocker ended with this, “What do the next 10 years hold for Inasmuch? We don’t know…” And he’s correct, it is impossible to project ten years down the road. However, in the Fall of 2015 the board and ministry leadership gathered for a “futuring” retreat led by consultant, George Bullard. From our conversations and dreaming, George “sketched” out a possible story for ten years from now. With those broad-strokes we are moving forward with some goals, hopes and yes, dreams for the future.
Perhaps the largest goal driving our work is the development of a Compassion Revolution Network of churches who are part of the Inasmuch family of churches. These are the 2,000 or so churches who have conducted Inasmuch Days, Inasmuch United Days and who are embarking on Inasmuch Life. Our hope is that this network will serve as a support fellowship for churches driven to live out the compassion ministry Jesus has called us to and exampled for us.
A BIG and exciting event is being planned to help kick-off the network and to encourage churches to become part of the Compassion Revolution we believe Operation Inasmuch has begun. August 2-4 of 2018 will be the first Compassion Revolution Network Conference. It will be hosted by Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville, TN. Rick Rusaw, author of The Externally Focused Church and The Externally Focused Quest: Becoming the Best Church for the Community, and an endorser of the Inasmuch book, will be the keynote speaker for two plenary sessions on Friday. Singer and composer Ken Medema will be the worship leader. Thursday night will feature a recognition and celebration banquet recognizing Dr. Crocker as Founder for his dedication over the years to building this incredible ministry, plus honoring some of the outstanding efforts by various churches. Friday will offer two worship sessions along with two break-out sessions and Saturday morning will have an additional time for break-outs. The conference will end Saturday before noon with worship and “convocation” for the Compassion Revolution Network.
Help us celebrate and continuing the story into a fruitful future of Kingdom ministry by planning to be part of the Conference. Get the word out! Invite churches and friends to be part of the Operation Inasmuch future. Be watching for “save the date” information coming out later this year.