ST.JOHNS, Montserrat – Church pastors, youth, women and men’s ministry directors are expected to gather on Montserrat for a three-day leadership conference for the Church of God of Prophecy from Friday, October 29 to Sunday, October 31, 2010.
District Overseer Bishop Melroy Meade said he was honored that Montserrat was selected to host the event which brings together church leaders from all of the churches in the COGOP Leeward area. This zone includes Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, French and Dutch St. Martin, St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, and Suriname.
Bishop Meade added he was confident that those attending will have a wonderful experience on island. “Not only is Montserrat a great place for a retreat but the level of training and inspiration at the conference prepares leaders to go back to their various ministry fields motivated and refreshed.”
According to the Regional Overseer Bishop Michael Greenaway begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, the conference is open to persons already in church leadership posts and others who feel a call on their life to minister the gospel.
“Since our churches are spread across the Caribbean, the leadership conference serves as an opportunity for our team to meet and share ideas. Often our challenges are similar and when we are able to talk them through, we find that some one of our churches has already found a workable solution to the problem,” Bishop Greenaway explained.
Both overseers agree that the church is at a crossroads and that it was time for the organization to be infused with new energy from people with a heart to serve others. This, they said was a reason to hold the conferences on different islands to expose young people around the region to the opportunities for service and also to receive support from those with more experience. Similar conferences have been held on Nevis and St. Maarten.
“As a young minister and pastor, I struggled for years to learn and to find ways to grow the churches in which I served as pastor, wishing that someone would help me with some ideas,” confessed Bishop Greenaway. “I did seek God for inspiration and he gave me some, but I still hoped that I had some mentor, some leader, especially someone who could share some theory as well as practical ways and ideas to get things done. I have had some measure of success in growing all of the churches that I have pastored, but I believe I would have been more successful had there been the tools and human resources that are available to us today in our churches.”
The three-day event will look at retention strategies for churches, utilizing technology for promotion and how relevant are the various ministries to the communities they serve.
More information on visiting Montserrat and attending the leadership conference can be received by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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