The year I began ministry as an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Rockford, IL, we launched a conference called Conference on the Church for God’s Glory. The conference has been running every year since then, this year marking its 10th anniversary.
Themes from previous conferences have included: Lordship Salvation, Open Theism, Charles Finney, Separation, Music & Worship, Culture, Preaching, and Pastoral Theology. Speakers from previous conferences have included: Michael Harding, Ken Brown, Steve Thomas, Scott Williquette, Ed Williams, Kevin Bauder, Gerald Priest, John Makujina, Dave Doran, and Rolland McCune.
I was involved with the planning and running of the conference for the five years I was in Rockford, but I’ve attended every year since, and it is always worth the trip. The preaching is excellent, the teaching is stimulating, and the fellowship is encouraging. Plus, there is always a bunch of free books!
I’d encourage you to attend this year if you are able. The theme of the conference is “God Said Something.” Speakers include Steve Thomas, T. J. Klapperich, Jason Parker, and me. Workshop titles are: What did God say about the church? What did God say about the church and discipleship? What did God say about preaching? What did God say about worship? And, What did God say about the ordinances?
Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is on faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He has written several books, dozens of articles, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and two children.