An effort to spread the gospel begins in September for several Church of Christ congregations.
Memphis School of Preaching Dean of Admissions B.J. Clarke is slated to be the guest speaker all three nights of the Campaign for Christ, a regional effort of the Churches of Christ, at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center. Services begin at 7 p.m. each night and are set for Sept. 22-24.
"We are going to use all our resources to get the community to accept the gospel," said Mike Swims, pastor of Danville Church of Christ and part of the event planning committee.
All three services are open to the public at no cost.
Clarke became a member of the faculty at the Memphis School of Preaching in 2006 after entering full-time ministry in 1983.
"He is the reason I went to school there," said Swims after hearing Clarke at a gospel meeting. "B.J. brings the text alive … he is so passionate that he makes you passionate."
Clarke, who preached his first sermon at the age of nine, is the author of one book, "A Closer Look At Promise Keepers," and has participated in two nationwide gospel meeting which were nationally televised by satellite by the Gospel Broadcasting Network. He also teaches Bible Geography, a course on Premillennialism, and textual courses on 28 of the 39 books of the Old Testament at MSOP and is director of FOUNDATIONS, a weeklong annual training camp for young men age 13-18.
"We want to make sure everyone gets the experience," added Swims. "We do not want anyone leaving after the service is over and not get the message."