Rockford to host Fire in the Pulpit

For about three months, Jeff Fuller wrestled with something he felt like God was laying on his heart.

“There are a lot of small church pastors and bivocational pastors around here who don’t have the time or resources to get away to a big pastors conference somewhere,” said Fuller, pastor of Rockford Baptist Church in Central Baptist Association. “But they need that kind of feeding. So I began to mull over that.”

That idea grew and eventually led him to organize Fire in the Pulpit, a time of intense study for pastors and ministers set for Jan. 29–Feb. 1, 2019.

The conference will offer six intensive classes — conflict resolution, expository preaching, sermon preparation, pastoral care, time management and balancing family life — and participants will attend one class for all four days.

Class sessions will be held in the evening each day from 5–6:15 with a meal included for all registered participants.

“This way they get a total of five intensive hours of training in whatever topic they choose,” Fuller said. “Each class will be led by an experienced minister with expertise or experience in the field of study.”

It will also be a great opportunity for younger pastors to connect with more seasoned pastors for the purpose of mentoring and discipleship, Fuller said. “I want to see that connection take place so that they will have someone to call when they have questions long after the classes are over.”

Then nightly at 7:15, everyone is welcome to attend a worship celebration featuring speakers such as Alabama evangelist Don Graham and Daniel Wilson, the new lead church health strategist for the State Board.

Early registration pricing ends Oct. 31. After Jan. 7, a late fee will be added to the registration price. (Grace Thornton)