Leadership, if you don’t give it away, dies with you,” declared Roger Hernandez, ministerial and evangelism director for the Southern Union Conference. “So, we are here at EC3 helping pastors and church leaders to be able to mentor and be mentored.”
EC3 is an annual evangelism conference that is organized and hosted by the Southern Union Conference. This year, the event took place November 5-7, 2023, at the Hamilton Community Church in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The primary area of learning during the weekend for pastors and lay people was in evangelism, especially as it relates to the digital space. The scope of training included hands-on tech labs, preaching labs, general sessions, and networking opportunities. Many of the sessions delved into strategies and techniques on how to use technology for mission.
According to Josue Murillo, ministerial director for the Gulf States Conference, EC3 is “essential for pastors to come and attend and get trained for their horizons to broaden, and for them to see different perspectives on things.”
Murillo said the presenters at EC3 were inspiring, and they encouraged attendees to focus on people in their local churches to make a difference.
“I’m excited because our pastors are going back into their churches with this new perspective and this new emphasis that, as a matter of fact, we’ve been pushing for a while in our Conference. So, this is perfect, and we’re so excited to be part of it,” said Murillo.
As Richie Halverson, director of church growth and revitalization for the Southern Union explained, EC3 is “the place where pastors and lay people are coached to maximize their impact and evangelism in the digital sphere.” It also provides the opportunity to “network with other pastors to hear about their experiences and how God is blessing them in their areas.”
Gulf States | January 2024