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2020 Laymens Conference

Your Board is listening! And busily working on the 2020 conference – Save the date August 14th -16th!

Thanks to all who responded to our survey following this year’s Conference. We had a terrific response from first timers and a fantastic response from men who have attended countless conferences in our past.

Your Board has taken much time to review all the feedback. We’ve taken note of what is important to the TN Episcopal Churchmen, what you want most out of the conference, and ways we can tweak the conference to make it even better.

One thing you reminded us is the number one reason for attending the conference IS the promise of spiritual enrichment.  We come to the mountain each August with our bishops, our speakers, old friends and new friends, for spiritual enrichment.  We gather, sharing our meals, sessions, afternoon activities and it all culminates with a magnificent worship experience at All Saints Chapel on Sunday morning.     

Suggestions to enhance the conference experience this year include informal break-out discussions, more time with the bishops, and a little less pork.

Your board has taken your input to heart and is planning an outstanding conference for 2020:

  • An exciting panel of speakers focused on a spiritual message of faith and service.
  • A more relaxed arrival with the tailgate event on Friday afternoon, concluding with an old-fashioned fish-fry dinner with hush-puppies and all the standard sides.
  • Informal campfire discussions after evening Compline, with bishops and evening speakers invited to lead discussions on topics as they evolve.
  • And more

Stay tuned for more on this year’s conference and mark the dates – August 14th – 16th now!  

And join us for spiritual enrichment, time with old and new friends, new experiences, and more intimate discussions with our bishops. Our ECT website, tnchurchmen.org, is being updated with current information, including our speakers, and links to registration.

Don’t forget – August 14th  – 16th 2020.   See you there!

Eric Haralson
President – 2020 ECT Conference

——————–   Letter from Stephen Davis ————————————
“Good evening Eric,

I would like to share a few words about why I attend the men’s conference.

In 2012 I picked up a pamphlet about the men’s conference with the interest that this may be something that I had been looking for. As a new Episcopalian I didn’t know what to expect and I decided to give it a go. When I arrived at Dubose Conference Center I was greeted at the gate by a good friend of my wife Tammy, one of our past presidents Gary McGee.  I did not expect his friendship nor had I had ever experienced this acceptance from a stranger. The guys from Fort Oglethorpe, GA had saved a room for me in what is now the DuBose directors house. After spending time talking and getting to know the fellowship portion of our belief I was hooked. If anyone had said to me that weekend that I would be nominated and elected V.P. of the East TN diocese I would have told them that they were crazy. But here I am seven years later feeling the grace that I have been given.

Every year I look forward to the conference bringing inspiration and a new direction to exercise God’s call to service.  In 2017 I ask my son Stephen if he would like to attend and he accepted. Now we look forward to our weekend in August with like-minded men of the church.

This year when your key man asks you if you know about our conference or if you would like to attend, check out our website and social media sites. Please don’t  just say “I’ll check my schedule”, we know that you are interested and we want to see you there.

Peace to you and your family.

Stephen A. Davis
V.P. East TN Diocese
davisstephena.sad@gmail.com”

President Root says “Our 2019 Conference is set for August 16-18. Get registered!”

Our 2019 Conference is set for August 16-18th  !!!  Registration is now OPEN.  We have three outstanding speakers, an exciting weekend, and new additions to our agenda which are all shaping this year’s 2019 conference into something special.     

To take advantage of Early Reigstration – REGISTER HERE tnchurchmen.org .

Here are some updates about this year’s conference
 Blessings+
Sean P. Root   President Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee 

2019 Conference Speakers – 
Football Chaplain at Clemson  – Tony Eubanks – Tony is from Nashville and played College Basketball at Ole Miss and Tennessee Temple, along with a Professional stint overseas. He has worked with the FCA and was the Basketball Chaplain at both Georgia and Clemson for 11 years. He has also been the Football Chaplain at Clemson under Dabo Sweeney. He has dedicated his life to spreading Christs love and will be an exciting speaker.

Third generation Vanderbilt basketball star Drew Maddux – Drew is current boys’ basketball coach at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville,  Drew is a great father of 5, molder of young athletes, and a faithful Christian Leader.  Below is his trick shot YouTube page-  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-eABhs62t-ODlOgE0Kl4bw

College Football Hall of Fame member Johnny Majors.  He is a member of St. John’s Cathedral in Knoxville.  With over 35 assistant coaches working under him moving on to become head coaches, hundreds of players moving on to the NFL and a National Title at Pitt, Coach Majors has been a great success story in leading young men.  It all started in Moore County Tennessee, just 45 minutes from Dubose Conference Center. We look forward to hearing him speak. https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/coaches/johnny-majors/

President Root says get excited

President Sean Root wants you all to get excited about a wonderful conference in 2019. Also, buy a hat and a shirt!

Inky Johnson’s amazing story

When Greg Champion shared with us that he had secured former Tennessee football star Inky Johnson as a speaker, I was immediately reminded of one of that fateful Saturday almost a decade ago. A bunch of friends of mine had gathered to watch the pay-per-view feed of the UT-Air Force game. It was a tough game and it wasn’t supposed to be. I don’t remember the score, just that it was close, but everyone who watched remembers what happened to star defender Inky Johnson. Please join us on the mountain to meet Inky and hear about his journey, it will change you.  – Peter Abell

SportsCenter Intro for Inky Johnson

2017 Conference theme set

2017 President Greg Champion from East Tennessee has set the dates and theme for the 71st annual laymen’s conference. The theme is:

The Mission of the Church is the Mission of Christ
“Don’t be afraid from now on you will fish for people” Luke 5:11

We hope to see you on the mountain August 18-20, 2017!

A message from Shelton Clark

Dear Brothers in Christ,
As the summer begins, I hope that each one of you is planning to come to the mountain for the 70th Annual Conference of the Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee–which we’ve all come to know as the Laymen’s Conference–August 19-21, 2016. Hopefully, you already received the registration flyer in the mail.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” (Ps. 96:1). One of the things that I always enjoy about the Laymen’s Conference is when we lift up our voices in the pavilion and in All Saints’ Chapel on Sunday morning. I found three speakers–Gary Morris, Phil Madeira, and the Rev. Geoffrey Butcher–for whom music has been an integral part of their Christian faith and how music likewise has shaped us in our lives in Christ. As always, we will also have our famous rib-cooking contest Friday evening and our Saturday recreation time.
Register online at www.tnchurchmen.org — we look forward to seeing our old friends, making new ones, and celebrating our common life in Christ.
Shelton Clark
Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville
President, Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee
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2016 Conference Theme Set

2016 ECT President Shelton Clark has set the theme for the 70th Annual Conference.  With a focus on music, the theme for this year is “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” Ps. 96:1.  Look out for more information, or learn more about the speakers here.