The 2015 Pastors’ Conference, which will be held before the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting Nov. 2-3, is going back to the basics. The theme “It Shall Not Return Void” accompanies the vision of reassuring pastors of the power of God’s Word. It is based on Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void; but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Micheal Pardue Sr., Pastors’ Conference president and pastor of First Baptist Church of Icard, wanted to provide a diverse group of speakers who share a common love for God’s word and a common love for preaching and pastors. The eight speakers come from different ministry backgrounds and range from seminary presidents to retired pastors.
Pardue hopes the conference will point pastors back to the centrality of the word of God.
“I’m excited because I think we have assembled one of the best group of preachers that I remember, in my time going to the pastors’ conference,” he said. “I think the pastors in our state would be hard pressed to find this quality of preaching without traveling a great distance. I think pastors are going to be encouraged and really have an opportunity to hear quality, biblically-based sermons from some of the most respected pastors and theologians around.”
Speakers include J. Gregory Lawson, professor of Christian Education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and senior pastor at Union Chapel Baptist Church in Zebulon; Danny Akin, SEBTS president and professor of Preaching and Theology; Alvin Reid, professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at SEBTS; David Horner, senior pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh; Richard D. Phillips, senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C.; D.A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and co-founder of The Gospel Coalition; Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga.; and Gary W. Jennings, retired pastor and former pastor of East Taylorsville Baptist Church in Taylorsville.
The conference will be on Sunday, Nov. 1, 5:45-8:35 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 2, 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. It will be held at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro for the second time. The conference is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information, visit ncannualmeeting.org.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Liz Tablazon is the circulation and social media manager for the Biblical Recorder.)