Barney Self said there’s something unspeakably encouraging about hearing a room full of men sing together in worship. That’s one of the reasons why the Alabama Baptist Deacons Retreat has kept going for as long as it has — it’s the longest-running group meeting at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega.
This year’s conference — set for Aug. 13–14 — will be the group’s 64th. Last year during COVID-19, even though they weren’t able to hold the conference as usual, the group’s committee members met together with their wives and two special speakers to keep the tradition going. This year, they’re hoping for a full house again, said Self, who serves as chairman of the planning committee.
And despite the name, the event is not just for deacons — it’s for all men and boys.
The speakers are:
- Alex Cowan, associate pastor of Skyland Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa
- David Shepherd, pastor of County Line Baptist Church, Walnut, Mississippi, and longtime missionary to South Asia
- Glenn Sandifer, pastor of Deerfoot Baptist Church, Trussville
- Robby Boyd, pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church, Huntsville
- Daniel Wilson, director of the office of evangelism for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions
- Peyton Hill, pastor of First Baptist Church, Prattville.
There is also a surprise speaker, Self said. Anthony Lindsey, minister of music for New Center Baptist Church, Hartselle, and Will Yates, pianist for Creek Path Baptist Church, Guntersville, will lead worship.
For more information, visit alabamadeaconsretreat.org or facebook.com/AlabamaBaptistDeaconsRetreat.
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