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Five reasons we should prioritize attending conferences (plus bonus material).

I have attended a lot of conferences over the last 20 years. I’ve enjoyed large conferences like Shepherd’s Conference (twice) and every T4G gathering except for one. I have also benefitted from many small, local conferences in various places of ministry.


Some conferences are better than others, but I am almost always glad I prioritized attending the gathering when it is over.


Here are five reasons we should prioritize attending conferences:


1. Change of pace. Conferences are great opportunities to change the rhythm of life for a day or two. It is good to leave town and put everything on hold for 24-48 hours.

2. Different voices. It is good to hear preaching from people outside your regular playlist. Hearing different voices proclaim the word of God is refreshing and instructive.


3. Preaching for pastors. It is helpful for pastors to hear preaching, especially if you are the primary preaching pastor in your local church.

4. Diversity. Conferences uniquely bring people together. There is enough commonality to bring people to the same event. However, once you get to the conference, you realize there is much diversity among the people present.

5. Exposure to resources. Conferences connect you to resources through book giveaways, display tables, speakers' recommendations, or conversations with other attendees.


There are more benefits to attending conferences, but you get the idea.


We will be discussing the Minor Prophets at our upcoming WARBC Conference. What do you know about the Minor Prophets? When was the last time you taught through the Book of the Twelve? How is the message of the prophets relevant to us today? These are themes that will be discussed over four sessions.


The WARBC Annual Conference will be on October 23-24, 2022, at Calvary Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids. If you have not yet registered, please do so soon! Click here for more information or to register.


Bonus material:

Recently, Dr. Ed “Mickey” Klink was at my church for a Pastor’s Collective discussing his commentary on the Gospel of John. Then, that same evening, he addressed the importance of the local church at our church’s Men’s Night Out event. Links to the audio of each session are available below.


Dr. Klink’s Gospel of John Discussion

Dr. Klink’s Local Church Discussion


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