Yep . . . it is true . . . I am on the road again. After spending four days at home, Lauren and I left after church on Sunday to go to our fellowship of churches regional convention. We made it as far as Langley on Sunday and then we travelled to Sun Peaks Resort in Kamloops on Monday. Monday night and Tuesday morning was a pre-conference retreat for the pastors and their wives. The Baptist Housing foundation generously donated the money so that it was completely FREE! It was great to connect with friends that we haven’t seen for a while.
It wasn’t all fun and games though, we did have some sessions as well. We spent some time praising God for what He is doing in our churches and we also began some discussion on what we should do with people in our churches who want to be members but were not immersed when they were baptized as a believer. Wow! What a tough issue! I must admit that I have been pretty black and white on this issue for some time but through our discussion I began to loosen my position a bit. At this point, it is just in the discussion phase. We are not in any rush to come up with a decision.
The pre-conference ended around lunch time and then we began to travel to Salmon Arm where the convention was taking place. On route, we stopped for lunch with some more pastor friends. It was great to connect and catch up with this couple. These friends have also gone through some tough times the last couple of years and it was encouraging to hear how God has been working in their lives.
We made it to Salmon Arm around 5 pm and we were able to have dinner with another pastor friend. His church is going to come this summer and put on a day camp for us. I am very excited about this! He was able to show us pictures of what they have done in the past and he also shared with us his goals for the ministry. Our goal for this ministry is twofold, first to continue to build bridges with the families of our community and second, to use it as a platform to begin a children’s ministry in the Fall. I am very much looking forward to this!
After supper, we headed off to the church where the convention was taking place. We had a great time of worship and then our director of Church Planting challenged us with what it means to be “fishers of men and women.” It was an awesome challenge. I LOVE convention! I know, I am a sick individual. Today we are off again for a full day of business and challenges. I am excited to learn about what our churches are doing and what our Fellowship has planned for this coming year.