This year’s ministers’ conference (28th-30th September) was able to proceed despite Covid-19. Once again we made use of the Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly. Though meeting in unusual circumstances, the conference was a great blessing.

Of the four scheduled speakers, only two were able to be there in person. The opening sermon was by Rev. Gareth Burke (Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian) on 2 Timothy 4:4. He challenged us to “keep our heads” as we continue with the work of ministry. Gareth’s remarks were particularly pertinent to the challenges that many ministers have faced in 2020.

Our main speaker, Pastor David Campbell (North Preston Evangelical Church), was unable to attend due to a local lockdown. He supplied us with four thought-provoking, pre-recorded addresses on Paul’s vision of Paradise and the thorn in the flesh. Each session was followed by discussion.

Since the Donegal ministers were prohibited from joining us, Rev. Mark Loughridge recorded a seminar for us on “Cultivating a worldview within our members.” We were thankful for Mark’s helpful research and presentation. The closing address, as usual, was taken by the Moderator, Rev. Nigel Agnew. He spoke on “The Comfort of Fulfillment” from the structure of Luke 1:67-80.

The fellowship at the conference is always a highlight and particularly after a difficult several months. Times of prayer together as colleagues were invaluable. We are thankful for the work the committee did in organising this year’s conference. Speaking on behalf of the Scottish ministers we tremendously appreciate the opportunity to join with our brothers in Ireland as we labour together for the King.

Stephen McCollum, Stornoway RPC (Scotland)

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