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Event to equip church growth

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

SOUTH POINT -- Dr. Darrell W. Robinson, author of "Total Church Life: How to be a First Century Christian in a 21st Century World" and president of Total Church Life Ministries, Inc., will lead a seminar at Fairland Southern Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

Cullen Chesser, pastor of First Southern Baptist, has known Robinson for 20 years and considers the internationally known pastor and speaker as a personal friend.

"He is a personable guy, he loves people, and he loves the Lord," said Chesser, who met Robinson during a "Cross Over" activity at a Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Fla., where Chesser was ministering at the time.

Robinson's "Total Church Life" is an evangelistic church growth strategy based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. According to Robinson's website, a healthy church congregation will:

Exalt the Savior through worship

Equip the saints through training and Bible study and

Evangelize the sinner through the two first-century priorities of: "Total Penetration of the community through the Total Participation of the members in evangelistic witness."

Robinson, born in Howard County, Big Spring, Texas, has been a Southern Baptist pastor for more than 50 years. He served as First Vice President, Southern Baptist Convention in 1988-1989, and vice chairman of the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1987-1989.

His education includes a bachelor of arts from Baylor University, Waco, Texas; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas; and a doctorate of ministry from Luther Rice Seminary, Jacksonville, Fla.

Along with "Total Church Life," Robinson has written several other books and spoken and ministered around the world.

Chesser said Robinson's seminar at Fairland Southern Baptist will benefit both clergy and lay people alike.

"People (who attend) will be revitalized with regard to their relationship to the Lord. Church leadership will have a greater sense of reaching people in the community for Christ. Really, the laity will be better equipped to reach lost people, too," Chesser said.

Registration is required for the seminar. Cost is $21, and that includes a textbook, refreshments and lunch. Registration may be made by calling the church at 740-531-5404, or by calling Chesser at 352-650-9380.

The church, which will also host a revival at 7 p.m. daily, May 1-3, is located at 10178 County Road 107, Proctorville (in front of the Fairland school bus lot).

For more information about Robinson, visit http://www.totalchurchlife.net.