Green Street's minister of education Frank Hensley said he was in the midst of reading Hemphill's book when it came time for the Central Triad Baptist Association of 38 churches in the High Point, N.C., area to plan a third annual Sunday School leadership training event at Green Street.
The 100-year-old church has 4,000 members, with about 2,000 in worship on Sundays.
"A lot of times it's difficult to get our Sunday School teachers to travel to a far destination for training.We want to encourage smaller churches.We want to make available to them what they might not otherwise be able to take advantage of, so we hosted 300 people here, representing five associations," Hensley
The EKG theme of the conference, "Empowering Kingdom Growth Through Sunday School," was carried through everything from hearts and medical blips in their brochures to an emergency room door as a gag "door prize," which was later substituted for the real prize -- a home blood pressure kit.
"Sunday School is viewed by some people as a dinosaur, and we wanted to reemphasize the importance of Sunday School in the life of the church and the life of the individual.EKG fit perfectly with that," Hensley
said Hemphill's EKG is a transforming work, and he
wanted to introduce other churches to it, possibly as a springboard for them to do the 40-day study.
"Sometimes He'll grow it in spite of us," Hensley
smiled."This study takes you away from doing tasks.We've got all these different programs and tasks we perform and focus on.This has become an invitation to get involved in something that's just big.It's finding out where God's working and getting on board."Returning to the medical theme at the EKG conference at Green Street in late August, Hensley added: "This is something that's caught and not taught.