ENCOUNTER Frequently Asked Questions

What is ENCOUNTER?

ENCOUNTER is a four-night,area wide revival designed to introduce people to Jesus Christ.

When is ENCOUNTER?

ENCOUNTER is scheduled for September 12-15, 2016. Services start at 7:00 each evening, but people are encouraged to arrive early in order to park and take the shuttle to Truett’s Barn.

Where will ENCOUNTER take place?

ENCOUNTER will be held at The Rock Ranch on Highway 36 between Thomaston, GA, and Barnesville, GA. The services are being held inside Truett’s Barn.

Where do I park at The Rock Ranch?

There will be signs directing you to park in the field up the hill from Truett’s Barn. Church buses will be used to transport people from the parking area to Truett’s Barn. Those needing to park closer will be directed to park in the lot next to the Barn, but will need to come in through the same entrance.

Will there be accommodations for disabilities?

Truett's Barn is handicap accessible. There will be parking closer to the barn for those who need to park closer. There will also be ASL interpretation for deaf people. We will be making every effort to make it possible for everyone to experience revival at ENCOUNTER. If you have a specific concern, please contact the CBA office at 706-647-4959.

What if it rains?

ENCOUNTER will take place rain or shine. Because the services are being held indoors, we should be fine if the weather is a little damp. Just bring an umbrella to get to and from your car.

Does ENCOUNTER cost anything?

ENCOUNTER is free for all those who come. There will be a collection received for those who want to contribute toward Jon Reed’s ministry. Churches that want to contribute ahead of time to the cost of the event can do so by contacting the Centennial Baptist Association office (706-647-4959).

Who can come to ENCOUNTER?

All are invited to come to ENCOUNTER. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we invite you to come. You will hear what it means to be a Christian and you will be challenged to examine what you believe about God.

If I am bringing a group, do I need to register or let someone know we are coming?

No, you do not need to register or let anyone know you are coming. We encourage church groups to come and provide transportation for those who would like to participate.

What time should I arrive?

ENCOUNTER services start at 7:00 each night, but we encourage you to arrive no later than 6:30 in order to park and take the shuttle to Truett’s Barn. If you have children that need childcare, then you may want to come a little earlier.

How long should I plan to be there?

Services should end around 8:30 each night. However, you will want to plan on time to get back to your vehicle.

Will childcare be provided?

Childcare will be provided on site and free of charge for children under age 6. We expect the services to be engaging enough for older children to participate in the worship and listen to the message.

Will there be a meal?

The Rock Ranch is owned and operated by Chick-fil-A, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have chicken. Concessions including Chick-fil-A sandwiches will be sold prior to the service each night as long as they last. You may want to arrive early to give yourself time to eat and get into the service.

How should I dress when I come to ENCOUNTER?

We want everyone to feel comfortable coming to ENCOUNTER, so the dress is casual.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

If you have a Bible, you may want to bring it with you. If you plan to arrive early and purchase concessions, you will want to bring money for that. And please, bring your friends and family!

Who is preaching?

Jon Reed is an evangelist from Buford, GA. He is a member of Hebron Baptist Church. Rev. Reed is a true evangelist who loves the Word of God and loves to see people come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord. He has a testimony that resonates with both church members and those who are far from serving God. His humble attitude and clear presentation of the Gospel will compel you to listen to what he has to say.

Who is leading worship?

Music ministers from the Centennial Baptist Association including Keith Johnson from Mountain View and Ryan Showalter from FBC Thomaston will join together to lead the praise and worship for ENCOUNTER. The style will be celebratory with familiar hymns and choruses. Musicians and vocalists from several of our area churches will be part of the praise team.

How can my church be involved?

Several churches have already taken on the responsibility of heading up ministry teams, but they still need help. If you or your church would like to serve at ENCOUNTER, contact the Centennial office, or go online to volunteer. Your church can also be involved by inviting people, promoting ENCOUNTER, and coming to the revival. See the ENCOUNTER Timeline for other suggestions.

How can we help get the word out about ENCOUNTER?

The best way to let people know about ENCOUNTER is by inviting them yourself. However, we also suggest using your church media such as bulletins, websites, and signs. Social media is the new word of mouth, so invite all your friends through facebook, Instagram, snapchat, twitter, or whatever platform you prefer. All of the promotional artwork is on our website. We also have business cards available for you to use to invite people in person.

Can I serve as a counselor?

The ENCOUNTER Response Team will be assisting people as they make decisions during ENCOUNTER. There will be a mandatory training session for all Response Team members on July 30 at 9:00 AM at FBC Barnesville. You will also need your pastors to sign a recommendation for you. That form will be available at the training. Another training session will be held on August 28, 4:30 at Trinity Baptist Church in Thomaston for those unable to make it to the first one.

How can I make sure my church helps with following up on decisions?

Following up on those who make decisions is a vital part of any revival. For your church to be a part of this process, your pastor or other church staff will need to check in each night before the service begins so that we know they are there. They will then need to be available after the service to meet people and get the follow-up information from our team.

Can I attend the ENCOUNTER Prep for Pastors and Leaders?

Yes, you can attend these revival prep meetings which are being held each month this year through November. A schedule of speakers, topics and locations can be found on our website at centennialbaptistassociation.com/revival-prep-schedule.

What is “The Most Important Day” of ENCOUNTER?

On July 30 at 10:00 AM at FBC Barnesville, Jon Reed will meet with anyone who has a burden to see friends and family come to Christ. This two hour training session will challenge you to engage your lost friends, invest in their lives, pray for them daily, and bring them to ENCOUNTER. There is a $10 fee for training materials. This is open to all.

Who is sponsoring ENCOUNTER?

ENCOUNTER is sponsored by the Centennial Baptist Association and the Upson County Ministerial Association. Other organizations who have contributed include local churches, local businesses, and the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.

What do you believe?

The churches involved in the planning of ENCOUNTER are evangelical, Christian churches who believe:

The Bible is the Word of God.

Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, the Savior and only One through whom anyone can be saved.

Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross, was resurrected, and ascended to the Father. He is preparing a place for those who place their faith in Him and will return again.

Every person sins against God and is in need of salvation.

Salvation comes by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, visit centennialbaptistassociation.com/encounter or call 706-647-4959