MRO Association

Chaplains Gathering 2021 ~ #LetsGo!
January 22 and 23, 2021

Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer, take courage, be confident, certain, undaunted! For I have overcome the world. (I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.) ~ Jesus

So much of 2020 has seemed to be “head wind” at best… for many though, it has been tragic. As Chaplains we are in the trenches doing all we can to help people navigate currents, that for many, have left them feeling they are being slowly dragged over the falls. And then there is ourselves… How are we doing? How has this year impacted us? Are you riding high seeing the Lord do amazing things through your ministry, or are you seeing the clock run out on the year wondering did I accomplish anything, questioning how will I adjust for 2021.

This years Gathering will focus first on entering His presence through His Word and Praise. Our goal when we are done is to walk away energized and full of expectation for the new year. To be up on our toes, ready to go, not back on our heels unsure and insecure in any way.

Friday, January 22
7:00pm: Welcome

7:30pm: special guest and host, Grand Canyon University Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and former lead Chaplain with MRO, Tim Griffin

8:15pm: Break

8:20pm: Worship and Communion

Saturday – January 23rd
9:00am – 11:45am: Ministering In The Days Of Covid – Mark Merical
Collectively we will share and dialogue about tactics and approaches to ministering during a pandemic. We will hear from, and learn from, each other as we make plans to tackle 2021.

11:45am – 1:00pm: Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Winning

2:00pm – 2:45pm: Why ask Why (Will Cover Some Trauma Response)

3:00pm – 3:45pm: Building Long Lasting Relationships in Racing
special guest Becky McBride hosted by Bob and Kathy Butcher

4:00pm – 4:45pm: Transparency and Accountability

5:00pm – 5:45pm: Experience is Priceless! (Will Also Cover Some “Multiplying Yourself”)

6:00pm – 7:15pm: Dinner (on your own)

7:15pm – 8:00pm: The Power of His Promises

8:15pm – 9:00pm: Closing and Worship

2021 is coming! We all know when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st nothing really changes, but the clock. But we can and must be ready to go! People will still look to us for help of all types. Marriages will still take place and unfortunately memorial services will still be a part of our lives. The need for faith, hope, and love is always present and we will be there to deliver in the name of, and to the glory of Jesus! #LetsGo

$25 – Individual
$40 – Couple
$10 – Active MRO Association Members

To reserve your spot, or any additional questions, contact Cheryl Shore at 704.455.3828

Whether you are looking for an opportunity to minister within motor sports, or are already serving within a racing community, the Motor Racing Outreach Association (MROA) is designed for you. The MROA offers individuals affiliation, training, direction, networking, accountability and financial stewardship to pursue and continue ministry within the world of motor sports. For more information contact MRO at 704.455.3828

The Motor Racing Outreach Association exists to foster and encourage fellowship in our common faith in Christ through ministering to the needs of the racing community and its fans and especially among our members.

MRO’s philosophy of ministry has been one of a low key, relationship style. It is an approach of being where the people are with consistency and availability. The Holy Spirit leads us into natural relationships in a non-aggressive way. It is a ministry centered on sensitivity to the needs of those to whom we are ministering.

The ministry of hanging out is very different than the current Bible College and seminary training. Relationships are established before a gospel presentation is given. Jesus modeled this with his ministry to the woman at the well (John 4). Paul, also modeling this philosophy in his ministry, often spent time building relationships and understanding existing culture before preaching (Acts 17). This style of ministry has been successful within the racing communities.

Our desire is to introduce people to a personal faith in Christ and growth in Christ likeness. However, the hanging out style of ministry allows for those who aren’t yet receptive to be given time to develop a friendship that allows spiritual ministry to proceed at their pace.

Building relationships is the most important part of ministering within MRO. We do not push our way into ministering to those who do not want it. We provide services of caring and availability in time of need.