The annual gathering of Illinois Baptist churches kicks off Nov. 5 at Cornerstone Church in Marion, beginning with the Pastors’ Conference and followed by the Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will focus on the strategies and spirit needed to move forward in uncertain times and a challenging focus. Churches and leaders will be invited to “ReFocus” for the purpose of reaching the millions in Illinois who don’t know Christ.
IBSA President Adron Robinson will preach his final president’s message Wednesday afternoon, and Cornerstone’s Pastor Michael Nave will bring share his church’s revitalization story that evening. Rob Peters, founder of a ministry dedicated to helping churches revitalize, will speak to messengers and guests Thursday morning.
The 2019 IBSA Pastors’ Conference will explore its theme of revival and renewal in six sermons and multiple breakout sessions led by local and national leaders. Psalm 143:11 will set the stage for the Pastors’ Conference: “For your name’s sake, Lord, let me live. In your righteousness deliver me from trouble” (CSB).
Six different preachers will speak on the part of a leader’s life in need of revival: love for the church, focus on discipleship, power of the pulpit, passion for ministry, the broken-hearted, and the church in the current culture. The team from Cornerstone Church will lead in worship throughout the conference.
The meeting will also include two opportunities for breakout sessions on topics including a leader’s care for his family, how to avoid ministry burnout, and setting up safeguards against moral failure.
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