The conference was held on different weekends in late January and early February in two separate locations. This was designed to maximize the potential of both involvement and impact. The early date was held at Cornerstone Community Church of Chariton, IA on January 27-28. They were excited to partner with the BCI for the 2nd year. Approximately 250 men attended the conference in Chariton with at least 4 men surrendering their lives to Christ in repentance and faith.
The main speakers included Pat Nemmers of Saylorville Church, Todd Stiles of First Family Church, and Casey Bradford of Tabernacle Baptist Church in High Point, NC. Todd Wallace and the worship team from Cornerstone Church of Ankeny led the conference in worship. Paul Robert Miller III also led through drama ministry. Breakout sessions included 4th and Long: in my marriage, in my finances, with my children, with my friends, with anger, and with sexual immorality. There was also a session on how to avoid 4th and Long. Praise God for the many decisions made to trust God on 4th and Long!
In addition, there were clinics held for men with specific interest in activities such as fly-fishing, woodworking, guns and ammo, and BBQ/meat smoking to gather and learn together. Some of those are looking at the possibilities of following up the conference with further gatherings for accountability and/or fellowship. A fly-fishing trip is already in the works and a more detailed wood working group is planned.
Men taking responsibility for following God more closely in leadership at home, in their church, and on the job will more thoroughly bring a godly influence into and throughout their communities. This is the desire of the BCI as we continue to partner with local churches to see his kingdom come, his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.