By Baptist Message staff
ALEXANDRIA, La. (LBM) – Organizers of this year’s Louisiana Baptist Pastors Conference in the facilities of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, hope to remind participants, Nov. 13, about the joy of ministry.
“Over the last three years of the COVID season, there has been much talk about persevering and not growing weary which is very important,” Pastors Conference President Michael Wood, also pastor of First West, told the Baptist Message. “We want to shed light on what an incredible honor it is to have joy in serving Christ. Each guy will have a different element to share on the theme of joy.”
The program will begin, 9:30 a.m., with music led by Nate Jernigan, assistant professor of music and worship, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and others from the seminary, and messages by Leroy Fountain, an LBC church health consultant, and David Allen, professor, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Cordova, Tenn.
After lunch, the conference will continue, 1:30 p.m., with an afternoon session featuring messages by Ryan Rice, pastor, Connect Church, Algiers; Dean Inserra, pastor, City Church, Tallahassee, Fla.; and Clay Smith, pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga.
Chip Luter, senior associate pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, and Clint Pressley, senior pastor, Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C., will close out the conference with a message during the 6:30 p.m. session.
The conference also will include giveaways to pastors and wives and a panel of seasoned pastors: Carl Gulde, director of missions, LaSalle Baptist Association, Waylon Bailey First Baptist Church, Covington, and Fred Luter, senior pastor, FABC.
“It’ll be a time of encouragement for pastors,” Wood said. “We have tried to be very intentional with a great lineup of men from in and out of state. Those who attend will come away refreshed with that joy of serving.”