Monday I was able to participate in the Conference on the Church for God’s Glory (CCGG). It is hosted annually by the First Baptist Church of Rockford, IL. This is the third time I have had the privilege to participate in the conference. I have thoroughly enjoyed participating each time; it is a great time of fellowship. I think there were about 170 attendees this year; the majority of them were pastors or ministers of the Gospel. However, I also met some church members who attended the conference and they told me they were encouraged and edified by the conference.
Let me commend several of the sessions from the conference. Pastor Steve Thomas presented an excellent session entitled, “What Did God Say about Preaching?” It was an encouragement to me personally and was very helpful. I appreciated Scott Aniol’s presentation on worship. It reflected Scott’s normal carefulness and thoughtfulness. I was personally encouraged by Pastor Scott Williquette’s sermon that began the conference. It was an excellent exposition of Jesus’ interchange with Peter in John 21. Unfortunately, I have heard that it did not get recorded. However, I understand the other sessions will be available on the conference website.
I also enjoyed being part of honoring my Theology professor from seminary, Dr. Rolland McCune. Pastor Williquette organized bring Dr. McCune up for the conference. Those of us who had been his students shared lunch with him, and were able to express our appreciation for him and his ministry. Dr. McCune has had a wonderful Gospel influence in the lives of many men who have studied at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary and Central Baptist Theological Seminary over the years. It is always good for our souls to honor those the Lord has used in our lives to shape our Christian character.
If anyone is looking for an encouraging conference to attend I hope you will consider the Conference on the Church for God’s Glory.