By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer
PINEVILLE, La. (LBM) – Pastors will be reminded why they are called to carry out a great work during this year’s Pastors’ Conference, scheduled for Nov. 10-11 at the First Baptist Church in Pineville.
The annual gathering’s theme is “Called To A Great Work,” based on Nehemiah 6:3.
“Our calling from God as ministers of the gospel of Jesus should be one the highest honors any of us ever experiences, “ Justin Clark, president of the Pastors Conference and pastor of the First Baptist Church in Lake Providence, told the Baptist Message. “I believe we need to be reminded that we have a great calling, by a great God. My prayer in that we as ministers will be reminded of that calling and leave here more energized than ever to proclaim the Good News of Jesus.
The conference begins 5 p.m., Nov. 10, with music led by First Baptist Pineville’s worship team, and with messages shared by Robert Smith Jr., professor of Christian preaching at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., and Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board.
A fellowship supper will follow the opening session.
The next day, the conference will begin at 8:30 a.m., also with music by First Baptist Pineville’s worship team.
The morning session will include messages by Steve Horn, executive director for Louisiana Baptists, and Dennis Watson, lead pastor of Celebration Church in the New Orleans area.
After a lunch break, the final session will feature Ben Trueblood, director of student ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources, and Leroy Fountain, church health strategist for the New Orleans Baptist Association.
The second day also will include election of officers for 2020 and the presentation of the three winners of the annual Louisiana College Preacher Award. LC is giving the awards to three winners, in the categories of Sunday morning worship attendance of up to 100, up to 500 and more than 500.
Spouses will have the opportunity to attend a Ministers’ Wives lunch Nov. 11 featuring Shellie Tomlinson, an author and radio talk show host from Lake Providence.