It is estimated that over 5000 churches are planted in America each year; many are small with few members and with pastors having no formal biblical or seminary training. Consider now what would happen if an equal number of doctors started practices without attending medical school; or consider the consequences of a comparable number of airline pilots manning cockpits with no aeronautical training. The results would be disastrous. One does not need to listen to many radio ministers, or observe the struggles of new pastors and leaders to understand the need for training. The need has never been greater than it is today, for we face a community pushing sin and lawlessness to its limits against a government that is fighting back for its very survival. The church is often caught in the crossfire. We must define our purpose and answer crucial questions about ourselves before we can be effective in our community. What is the role of the church; the pastor? How can we be effective leaders and how do we overcome the absence of a formal theological education? These and other questions if answered help us understand our role in the church and our place in the community. The purpose of the sessions is to assist pastors and leaders in designing plans and acquiring skills needed to effectively benefit their congregations in kingdom growth, and to become catalyst for change in their communities. We pray that we accomplish our goal. Welcome and enjoy the conference. God bless you.
From your Conference Pastors
Banks, Deloatch, Green, McLauchlin, Miller &
Melvin Walton - Conference President