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."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 creating space in our church programming for equipping our faith family, with a special emphasis on preparing them to build moments of faith into everyday life. Starting in Fall 2017, we will no longer have Lifeline on Wednesday nights, but instead will begin ETCH-Ed. While programming for preschoolers, children, and youth will remain the same on Wednesday nights, adults will now enjoy a variety of classes that are Biblically-based, topical, and address real-life concerns aimed at helping them in their walk as a follower of Christ. ETCH-Ed class will typically be 6-weeks long, and will occur Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. There will be breaks 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.
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 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.