It is with many thanks and praises to the Almighty God for making the five-day Preaching Conference that took place in Uganda from June 4-8, a great success. The conference was organized around the theme, “The Supremacy of Christ in Preaching” with the aim of equipping pastors to faithfully preach Christ from all Scripture. ALL the conference messages can be accessed here for FREE. Please feel free to share them with others as you have opportunity.
The conference drew participants from ten (10) different countries (i.e. Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Cameroon and the United States of America). For us, this was a great milestone and we praise the Lord for making us a part of it. The majority of the conference participants and speakers are gospel ministers from various denominations. Some are Bible College and Seminary students.
Each participants was given a very beautiful certificate of attendance, a copy of The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper and a booklet from Biblical Foundations International written by Linleigh Roberts. A few others also received Brothers, We Are Not Professionals also by John Piper.
GENERAL COMMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS:
- The conference was very important as it provided participants with very helpful tools for ministry. The teachings and presentations were quite transforming to many of them. This was evident in the testimonies from many of them who agreed that the conference will certainly have a great impact on their ministry and personal lives.
- We have invitations to continue hosting such conferences in the future. Many pastors were asking if JTW can consider organizing a similar conference in their respective countries next year. Most of them promised/pledged to help with organization of similar conference in their home countries. This gives a clear picture that there is a great need among pastors for refresher courses as well as theological training and such conference.
- Many of the pastors who attended the conference were lay men who have the passion to preach and for ministry. With their passion many have at least founded a church and others are helping with newly founded churches but their lack of proper theological training poses great challenges and threats to their ministries. This was evident in the questions they were asking and some of the issues that they are struggling with in respective church ministries. Such issues included women in ministry and polygamy among pastors. These two issues took ground in all the days of the conference during the panel discussion session. This is a clear picture that many of them need a proper doctrinal and biblical background.
It was truly a privilege to speak at the conference alongside great men of God like, Rev. Dr. Dennis Johnson (my former seminary professor from Westminster Seminary in California; Rev. Dr. John Carson who currently serves as a theology professor with the Mobile Theological Training Team (MT3) of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church; Rev. Timothy K. Hoke, who is an instructor of biblical and pastoral studies at the African Bible University in Kampala, Uganda; Rev. Jerry Maguire, pastor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Concord, Massachusetts; Rev. Gerald Sseruwagi, pastor for New City in Kampala, Uganda and Rev. Dr. David Eby, Dean of Graduate Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Uganda.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!
This is just a brief post to let our family, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ know that we have arrived safely in Uganda. Our flights went really well – no drama at all. Praise the Lord.
One of my brothers, Timothy and his friend Tom met us at the airport and dropped us where we will be staying for the next couple of weeks. Our hosts, Dave and Darlene Eby have graciously and warmly welcomed us for which we are very thankful. Dave and Darlene are on the faculty of the Westminster College and Theological Seminary here in Kampala. Timothy is studying for the ministry there.
This evening, we were invited to a graduation banquet. My youngest brother, John Joseph (affectionately called JJ), is graduating from the African Bible University here in Kampala this Saturday. We are looking to being at his graduation where I will be doing some speaking alongside other more prominent speakers.
After we got “home” from the banquet, we got word that Elliot Khembo (National Director of JTW Malawi) and Harold Juma (Director of Missions & Outreach, JTW Malawi) are due to arrive in Kampala, late tonight. They are coming to join us at the Preaching Conference which will start on Monday, June 4 and will run till Friday, June 8, Lord willing. After the conference, Elliot, Harold, Timothy, JJ and I will travel to northern Uganda for a few days to explore the next steps for JTW’s plans to establish a new mission work in that region. These are all wonderful and exciting developments for us and we are looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store. Please remember us in your prayers as you are led by the Spirit. More later!
Wishing you every blessing in Christ,
Fletcher & Family!