For Such a Time as This
By Jim McComas
I’ve been in church all my life and been part of many great conferences. As director of church revitalization for North American Ministries, I’ve been a part of the Acts 1:8 Power Conference since its inception in 2015. I can honestly say I have never been as excited about an event as I am about the one that will take place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, this May.
The fourth annual Power Conference will be held May 28-29, 2018, at Music Road Resort and Convention Center. While we are bringing back many familiar facets that make the meeting one of the most anticipated annual events for Free Will Baptists, we are also adding several new ingredients we believe will take it over the top this year. Allow me to share just a few of the reasons it is hard for me to contain my excitement about the 2018 Power Conference:
#1: Randy Johnson is the long-time pastor of Valley Forge FWB Church in Elizabethton, Tennessee. I often refer to Valley Forge and Pastor Randy as the best kept secrets in our denomination. Valley Forge is one of the fastest growing churches in our movement, with high days reaching well over a thousand in attendance. Brother Randy is a humble, down to earth, compassionate pastor of a great church. We are thrilled to have him preach during our Monday evening service at the Power Conference this year.
#2: The Valley Forge Praise Choir. One of the most unique aspects of the Valley Forge Church is its music program. The focal point of that music program is the large, enthusiastic choir. Hearing this choir live will be one of the most powerful and inspirational moments you will ever experience, and you can hear them during the Monday evening service.
#3: Panel Discussions. Rather than a keynote seminar speaker this year, we have added another new and exciting dynamic to the Tuesday teaching sessions. We will begin and end the day with everyone gathered for two panel discussion/Q&A sessions. During the morning session, a panel of seasoned, successful pastors will share from their years of experience. In the afternoon, a group of up and coming pastors who are already making a powerful difference for the Kingdom will discuss their ministries. We believe this will be a one of a kind experience (from the pulpit to the pew) to glean wisdom from the shared wisdom of those getting it done.
#4: Breakout Seminars. Along with NAM Directors Kenneth Akers, Brad Ransom, and myself, this year we have added informative seminars from NAM Director of Hispanic Ministries Rick Bowling and Director of Chaplain Support Kerry Steedley. We also welcome Elizabeth Hodges, director of Women Nationally Active for Christ, who will share with the ladies. Virginia Promotional Secretary Bruce Barnes completes an impressive lineup of information-packed sessions on Tuesday. The biggest problem will be trying to choose which ones to attend!
#5: Aaron Wilburn and Southern Raised. While many things about the Power Conference will be new this year, some familiar faces will return. Christian comedian and songwriter Aaron Wilburn has delighted audiences at of our previous conferences, and this year will be no different. The award-winning musical group Southern Raised, a family group that offers “bluegrass with class,” will bless us with their musical talents on both nights of the conference this year.
#6 : A Family Affair. Once again this year, we offer something for everyone at the conference. While the adults take in all the great teaching, preaching, and singing, we will provide children’s church for young people up to 12 years old. This has been a great hit over the past few years, both for parents and kids alike. Load up the car, and bring the whole family.
#7: Dr. David Crowe. If you are looking for an inspirational speaker to close out a great conference, I can’t think of a better choice than the NAM boss, David Crowe. With his love and knowledge of Free Will Baptist history, along with a successful evangelistic ministry that has put him in hundreds of our churches over the years, no other preacher in the denomination is better qualified to cast a vision and deliver a timely message on the conference theme: “For Such a Time as This.” You will not want to miss the special word that Brother David will deliver to wrap up the conference.
With all of this planned (along with some other very special surprises), I’m sure you understand now why I’m so excited about the fourth annual power conference.
Remember, the conference is free, but you must pre-register to receive all materials and to guarantee seating for this special event. For hotel information, to register, or to receive a brochure with more information about the conference, contact Teresa Womack at 615-760-6132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll see you in Pigeon Forge!
About the Writer: Jim McComas is director of church revitalization for Free Will Baptist North American ministries. Learn more: www.fwbnam.com