It is my privilege to facilitate the covenant community family during our Annual Enrichment Conference, March 7-9, 2016, at Seaside, Oregon. Our yearly family celebration has become known as an event that is spiritually transforming, relationally engaging, and strategically purposeful.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Movement’. Bruce Shelley, in his book A History of Conservative Baptists wrote, “Conservatives rather proudly spoke of themselves as a movement. They had high hopes of going somewhere…” Our covenant community has banded together to actively pursue a common vision.
We envision a covenant community of churches committed to the glory of God, centered on the gospel, changing our communities by being doctrinally sound, missionally driven, and culturally sensitive – which includes culturally appropriate evangelism, leaders mentoring the next generation of leaders, and churches planting churches through Great Commandment love, Great Commission purpose, and Great Confession dependency.
God has been faithful to accomplish much through our churches, but He is not finished. This year’s conference will address three barriers to our churches being on mission. Those barriers are materialism, comfort, and fear. Pastors from our churches will teach God’s Word as it relates to these barriers, and we will illustrate how God is moving our churches through each one.
This gathering will appeal to, and is open to, anyone who wants to see Gospel-centered churches multiplied. Our hope is to see pastors, potential church planters, elders, church leaders, and next generation pastors and their spouses from all over the Northwest participate in this effort to strengthen the covenant community of CB churches. Remember, this is not just another “pastor’s conference”, this is a special gathering designed to keep us on our previously-agreed-upon mission to actively pursue covenant community, holding each other accountable to live out our doctrine, polity, and philosophy.
The trustees will be contacting you to let you know of any necessary planning or coordinating specific to your region. If you are unable to attend this special gathering for any reason, please let your trustee know.
Feel free to share this opportunity to build a stronger and healthier covenant community with anyone you feel would benefit from these three days together in March.
If you have questions about the conference or accommodations, see us online at: http://www.cbnw.org/events/aec/. You may also contact Jeremy Schumacher at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Jennifer Bertz at 541-451-4270541-451-4270, x21 or email@example.com.
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