ABCinI Pastors’ Conference 2007

8 03 2007

The proliferation of men in pullovers gathered in the foyer of Glenada Holiday and Conference Centre in Newcastle, Co.Down, could only mean one thing – the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland Pastors’ Conference 2007 had begun. I travelled down on Monday (bedecked in my own rather fetching tank-top pullover offering!) and stayed there until yesterday. To say that the conference was amazing would be an absolute understatement, to describe it as special would be a disservice – perhaps the best thing I could say was that God was evidently and searchingly in our midst as we met.

From the stirring and comforting ministry of Pastor John Shearer (Musselburgh Baptist Church, Scotland), to really sweet and extended times of prayer, through to late night conversations and discussions among fellow Pastors, I have been so blessed and privileged to have been allowed to attend this year’s event. Men who have been in attendance at these conferences for forty years described this as the finest they had experienced, and I came home yesterday with a sense of inspiration, excitement and joy. I hope over the next few days to blog some more details of our time in Glenada (specifically of John Shearer’s fine messages), and perhaps include a few photos of the event. Thanks to everyone who prayed for the conference, God more than answered our requests and desires for the time together.

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