Hey Everyone!!! This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) Worker's Conference in Hampton, Virginia. I really came away with some amazing tools that I am going to bring back to my local church.
On Friday I attended three session of my choosing, Effective Event Planning taught by Minister Kimberly Lewis and Minister Stephanie Polk, The Multiplicity of Ministry taught by Bishop Lewis Stokes, and How to Operate in the Flow Worship taught by Elder Tia Boynton. Looking back I can truly say each session I attended was God ordained because I truly took away effective tools for ministry.
The main thing I took away from Effective Event Planning was the importance of picking a great team and knowing the strengths of your various team members. From the Multiplicity of Ministry I took away that every church has their own DNA, and you need to embrace and perfect it. What I took away from How to Operate in the Flow was that the true flow of worship has nothing to do with you, you really just jump into it.
Friday evening the Conference hosted a Workers Conference Banquet. Son to the organization and friend to this blog, Chad Chambers lead the music ministry for the night. He created an intimate atmosphere that mixed both ministry and entertainment. The speaker at the banquet was Bishop L. W. Francisco III the senior pastor of Calvary Community Church and presiding bishop of Calvary Covenant Ministries. One of the main things I took away from his message was the importance of embracing the process that leads to greatness in God.
The conference culminated Saturday morning with a short service as the closing session. The service began with a very short, but powerful praise and worship led by Chad Chambers. Before the presiding bishop, Bishop Monroe Saunders Jr. took the podium to give us a word Chad Chambers came with a selection, but handed the microphone to another friend to the blog, Derrick Bull. Derrick took the service to the next level and created an atmosphere of true worship.
Bishop Saunders spoke an awesome, inspiring and thought provoking word. The meat of His message was embracing people in the world with love, while creating a conversation about the saving and redemptive power of Christ. One thing that I left with was as children of God we must learn how to combat the indoctrination of the world's systems and belief in our children on a daily basis.
The conference was stellar and so very impactful.I am so appreciative to God for being able to be in the number. I definitely recommend this conference to any and everyone involved in ministry on any level. All roads are leading to Charlotte for United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) as they convene for their Holy Convocation. Please go and like the Pentecostal Perspective facebook page and leave a comment below. God Bless!!!