Using a text from Zechariah, Hofecker stressed the importance of “solo pastors,” or those who serve as the single pastor of a smaller church. At the conclusion of his message, he asked what he called “backbone pastors” to come to the front with their wives, and they were then surrounded by others who encouraged them and prayed for them as the service closed.
Tomorrow is the final day of Celebrate06, beginning with women’s celebration and Association of Grace Brethren Ministers meetings at 8:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. the closing “vision brunch” of the conference will occur, along with the annual delegates business meeting.
Next year’s conference will be an “equipping conference,” when the format will include many courses (with and without academic credit) and learning opportunities. Equip07 will be held in Winona Lake, Indiana, the dates of July 29-August 3, 2007. For more information log onto www.equip07.org.