From Monday-Wednesday this week, I attended the annual RP ministers’ conference. This is a conference held in the North West of Ireland by RP Churches of Ireland and Scotland. It is attended by almost all the active and retired ministers of the denomination. It runs from a Monday evening to a Wednesday lunch time, with four talks from the main speaker, as well as an opening address by a guest minister, a seminar on a historical or practical topic, and a closing address by the Moderator of the Irish Synod. The speaker this year was Kenneth Stewart, minister of our Glasgow congregation, who gave four very helpful addresses on the theme ‘Trouble in the Church’.During the conference there were a number of prayer times and three other talks: an opening sermon from Andy Hambleton (Crumlin Evangelical Presbyterian Church), a lecture on preaching from Mark Goudy (Macosquin Presbyterian Church), and a closing sermon from Andrew Kerr (Moderator of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland and minister of Knockbracken RPC).
It is always a great opportunity for fellowship, and a chance for ministers to spend time with one another in a more relaxed setting than the courts of the church.