ETCH is the Thomasville Road Baptist Church strategy for Equipping and Transforming Church and Home. The goal of ETCH is to connect the church and home in the spiritual formation of its members in order to be radically transformed by the power of Christ to make a radical impact on our world. ETCH will help your household establish a rhythm of moments and milestones that shape hearts into the image of Christ and leave a legacy of faith.
See the tabs below for an overview of the ETCH strategy. Be sure to click on the ETCH-Ed tab for a current listing of short-term classes on Wednesday nights."And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ" -Ephesians 4:11-12
We have created an ETCH Booklet that gives an overview of the ETCH strategy, including the Biblical foundation and introduction to the milestone ministry component (ETCH-Life) and the equipping ministry component (ETCH-ed).
ETCH-Ed is the education arm of the ETCH strategy. It involves a variety of short-term classes for all walks of life aimed at equipping our faith family for building a lifelong legacy of faith. Each semester of ETCH-Ed offers a variety of classes for adults that are Biblically-based, topical, and address real-life concerns. ETCH-Ed class are typically 6-weeks long, and happen Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. We occasionally break in between semesters to have time for the entire faith family to come together for various worship and fellowship experiences, as well as quarterly member meetings.
The Fall session of ETCH-Ed begins August 29th, but you can check out a preview of all the classes being offered in the first half of the semester on Wednesday, August 22nd at 6:30. Food trucks will be on site that evening as well, so be sure to join your church family in an evening of fellowship and fun! Check out all the classes ahead of time HERE
ETCH-Life is our life-span approach to connecting the church and home in the discipleship of its members. It involves working within the natural development of life during key times of transition to celebrate milestones and create moments for building faith. The ETCH-Life Map shown in the ETCH booklet (in ETCH Overview tab) depicts these milestones, which are opportunities to commemorate what God has done up to that point, and to prepare you for the next phase of life. We invite you to explore the ETCH-Life Map to see the various church experiences and home partnerships/resources that will come alongside each milestone.