by Eric Noland
member, La Canada Presbyterian Church
"LA CANADA, CA — Many professionals approach an industry conference like a trip to the mall: What can I get out of this program? What three new ideas can I take back to my work and implement right away?One thing that always impresses me is the fact that much of what the PC(USA) is, and should be, continues regardless of what is going on elsewhere in the denomination.
But those who gather for the annual conference of the Association of Presbyterian Mission Pastors (APMP) often find that the fellowship they engage in and the relationships they build are the most valuable blessings of all.
“It was a source of encouragement to see what God was doing in churches and to have the interaction with APMP folks,” the Rev. John W. “Bill” Young of the Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship in Richfield, MN, wrote of a recent conference. “I know this isn’t the primary purpose of the organization, but it was a great help to me and some of the other staff.”
This year’s conference, scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Louisville, will bring together more than 60 pastors, directors and coordinators of local and global mission outreach for their Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations. ..."
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