On Saturday, May 1st, 2021, nearly 80 men gathered together at the Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church (Westminster, Colorado, USA) for a half-day men’s conference. It was the first of its kind, but perhaps, in God’s providence, the first of many!
Representing the “Front Range”
The men attending came from the “Front Range” Reformed Presbyterian congregations. The “Front Range” refers to the first mountain range of the Rocky Mountains one sees from the east. It is located in the states of Colorado and Wyoming and is home to five congregations in the RPCNA’s Midwest Presbytery: Springs Reformed Church (Colorado Springs, CO), Tri-Lakes Reformed Church (Colorado Springs, CO), Westminster RP Church, Salt and Light RP Church (Longmount, CO), and Laramie RP Church (Laramie, WY).
Several men visiting from other local churches also attended the half-day conference.
Men and Mentoring
Dr. Barry York spoke on the theme of “Men and Mentoring,” a challenging subject, which was nevertheless received with great enthusiasm and eagerness. Dr. York, who is president of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Pittsburgh, PA), gave three talks: “The Mandate for Mentoring,” “Myths about Mentoring,” and “Molding from Mentoring.”
Each talk concluded with an interactive workshop. Participants used colorful post-it notes and posters to craft something of a timeline of their lives giving a visual demonstration of God’s providence guiding, directing, and shaping them through mentors, trials, highs, and lows. The men were impacted by this exercise as well as by hearing of God’s work in others, as some of the men shared particular highlights from their timelines. The men enjoyed coffee and snacks together as well as a delicious, home-cooked brunch prepared and served by Angi Hindman and some helpers from the Salt and Light RP Church .
On the following day, Dr. York preached at Springs Reformed Church in the morning and Tri-Lakes Reformed Church in the evening. He also gave a presentation on RPTS that was live-streamed for the Front Range Churches.
Many participants spoke of their desire to see this conference become an annual event. Please pray that the Lord would use the fellowship, teaching, and preaching of this weekend to strengthen His church and glorify His name. Pray also that what these men heard would be entrusted to other faithful men who will be able to teach others also (2 Tim. 2:2).
Submitted by a conference attendee