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Christian group rediscovers the call at E'town conference

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By Sarah Bennett

A group of area church leaders and ministers gathered Friday evening and Saturday morning at Fairfield Inn in Elizabethtown for a “leaders and lay ministers conference,” led by the Revs. Gary Summers and Alan Thomas.

The conference, called Rediscovering the Call, was the first of its kind, but Summers said he and Thomas want to make it a yearly event. Nearly 30 ministers attended, and through the conference, the two pastors hope to start a ministry.

The calling of that ministry is “to open the doors of fellowship outside the bounds of the traditional church,” said Summers, a senior pastor at Crossroads Christian Center.

When God looks down upon his church, Summers said he does not see just Crossroads or one of the many churches in the Hardin County area.

“He looks down at every believer on the planet,” the pastor said. “That is Christ’s church.”

Summers said he is not encouraging churchgoers to disband but to recognize a greater church and form a foundation outside the bounds of traditional churches.

In addition to making Rediscovering the Call a yearly conference, Summers said the new ministry, called the Christian Alliance of Leaders and Lay Ministers, is aiming at bimonthly meetings.

The group spans a distance of about a 100-mile radius, he said, so Summers hopes the ministry will materialize into chapters.

Those interested in the mission of the Christian Alliance of Leaders and Lay Ministers can call Alan Thomas at (270) 945-9664 or Gary Summers at (270) 307-1494.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.