On March 20th, the second annual Church Leaders’ Conference was hosted on campus at Cairn University. Nearly 120 pastors, elders, and church leaders attended, enjoying the edification and refreshment of connecting with others serving Christ in the local church.
The one-day conference featured two keynote sessions led by Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor for nearly 30 years. These sessions focused on the topic of “Ministry in the Midst of Suffering,” a subject that strongly resonated with those present. In the first session, Dr. Duncan took a systematic approach, leading attendees through a “guided tour” of the Bible’s teaching on suffering. After lunch, his second session provided a moving meditation on Romans 8, centered on verse 32: “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”
In addition to these plenary sessions, four breakout sessions allowed attendees to further reflect on the theme of ministry in suffering. The conference concluded with a Q & A, where attendees sought & shared further perspective and encouragement on topics such as depression, divorce, and lament.
Throughout the event, a warm fellowship and fraternal atmosphere was evident – through the hearty singing at the beginning of each session, the conversations shared over meals, and the shared experiences of those ministering to the suffering in their communities. In addition to 3 books for further study & gifts from the Cairn Campus Store, church leaders left the conference with a renewed awareness of the encouragement, support, and connection available to them in one another.
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Listen to Dr. Ligon Duncan’s sessions from this year’s Church Leaders’ Conference below.
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan – Ministry in the Midst of Suffering (part 1)
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan – Ministry in the Midst of Suffering (part 2)
Dutch Reformed Theologian Herman Bavinck has been broadly influential to many of today’s seasoned pastors and theologians. His work on the Revelation of God and Reformed Dogmatics became standard fare