Holy Spirit Conference


Your participation and ministry at the Holy Spirit Conference was a major factor in the success of the conference.  Without your participation the conference would not have been as successful.

First of all, I would like to thank those of you who attended and prayed for the Baptist Conference on the Holy Spirit. Secondly, I would like to thank all the presenters who came well prepared to preach and teach on their assigned subject matters. I’m very thankful to the Lord for having smiled upon this conference with His presence, power, and life-giving Spirit. This conference was blessed with the sweet communion of the Holy Spirit who rested, ruled, and abided within our hearts and midst.

I have been deeply encouraged by the evaluations, comments, and compliments from the conference attendees. For those of you unable to attend the conference, you may order CDs of the conference by going to my website at www.cbcarlington.org .

There were 723 people registered to attend the conference with over 300 of those people being Cornerstone Baptist Church members. The registration total included registrations for the women’s sessions as well as the youth and children’s conferences. Regretfully, a significant number of persons who registered did not show up. My assumption is that most of those absent participants were primarily Cornerstone Baptist Church members, whom I allowed to register free of charge. However, they sure missed a blessing by not attending.

Throughout the entire 3-day conference, we averaged 55-70 workers and volunteers daily whom served in various areas of the conference from hosts and greeters, to registration, youth and children volunteers. I would like to thank all of the volunteers whom sacrificed their personal opportunity to participate in the conference in order to serve and meet the needs of the conference attendees. 

 The conference daily attendance breakdown is as follows:

Friday’s Sessions

Friday – Round Table – 78

Friday – Women’s Session – 94

Friday Evening Service – 615

Saturday’s Sessions

9:15 am – Opening Session – Robert Fowler – 181

9:50 am – Plenary Session – Bart Barber – 190

10:30 am- Plenary Session – Sam Storms – 178

11:00 am – Panel Discussion – Ben Cole – 140

2:00 pm – General Session – Robin Foster – 102

2:45 pm – General Session – Alan Cross – 107

3:30 pm – General Session – Boyd Luter – 96

Youth Conference – 243

Children’s Conference – 122

Saturday Evening Service – 278

Sunday’s Services

7:30 am Service – 573

10:00 am Service – 1335

7:00 pm – Sunday Evening Concert – 203

I would love to hear from those who attended the conference. Share your thoughts on the conference and/or your ideas for next year’s conference.

For those of you interested in attending a similar conference next year, I plan to soon give you the dates for the 2008 Conference on Spiritual Growth and Revival.

Again, I would like to thank you one and all and I hope to see you next year.

In the days to come I will share more of my thoughts on the conference.

Yours In Christ,

Rev. Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr.

Click the “more” button below for updated speaker, topic, date, and time information for the Pastors Roundtable and Conference.

After you have reviewed the topics and speakers, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to share your thoughts about the topics selected, the conference, speakers, or any other issues related to the conference that you would like to speak out on.

If you are interested in attending the conference, please visit my website at http://www.cbcarlington.org for more registration information.

In His Service,
Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr.

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We are hosting a conference on the Holy Spirit, April 27-29, 2007 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. One of the reasons we felt led to host this conference and teaching on the Holy Spirit is because of the spirit of a letter that was received in our office. The letter is from a Pastor in Massachusetts and it is printed below for you to read. After reading the letter please seriously consider registering to attend this very unique conference. I look forward to seeing you at the conference April 27-29, 2007.

Thank you,
Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr.

Dear Dwight,

Well let me encourage you once more. Our church affiliated with the SBC Massachusetts Baptist Association last year. I have been active in the association, taught the Winter Bible Study to my colleagues, and serve as the prayer coordinator, introducing a variety of prayer initiatives to the association. As a pastor who has been at the same church for 22 years, I try to encourage my colleagues and share my experience to help them if I can. Beulah Baptist is a strong mission church with approximately 25% of what comes in goes outside the church to help others. I am going to be attending the Central Asia Summit in Washington later this month as our church has a heart for Central Asia. I became close friends with a student from there who I met when I taught a course I designed on Jesus and the Gospels at New Life Bible College in Moscow. Next year, I’ll be teaching the same course at the Albanian Bible Institute. We have mission dinners promoting NAMB, IMB, and the Psalm 139 project of ERLC. I have enthusiastically been promoting the Cooperative Program and Disaster Relief Training.

I tell you all this not to boast, but to comment that I am an enthusiastic supporter of the Southern Baptist Convention. I also have a private prayer language. It came upon me unexpectedly while I was in prayer. To me it enhances my prayer life particularly during intercession for difficult, complex situations and health concerns. I see it as a Spiritual gift that is just one of many in Scripture. It makes me no better or worse than anyone else. It doesn’t come with a Pentecostal agenda (whatever that is). I have been shocked that this is such an issue in SBC. I don’t care one way or another whether anybody prays in tongues, in silence, or in their own language. The Great Commission and the Great Commandments are what we are about. I have yet to meet another human being who agrees with my theological opinions 100% of the time. The strength of being a Baptist is the freedom to think under the authority of inerrant Scripture. Iron sharpens iron, so we think together, challenge each other in all humility, and help each other to think outside the box. Then we get on with the business Our Lord commands us.

That is why I think your work and prophetic voice has been invaluable. Your address at SWBTS took real courage. Your research has persuasively shown that, for the sake of the Great Commission, Baptists have historically cooperated despite differences in worship styles and theology. I am a Gordon-Conwell graduate who studied under Gordon Fee. It is just a fact that great evangelical scholars differ on the issues raised in 1Cor.14. So why should there be a SBC magesterium telling us the “theologically correct” interpretations of Scripture while also trying to dictate policies based on church tradition? Your scholarship and your persistence are truly admirable. It must be tough to take the hits that you are subjected to. But this is a thank you for your efforts at keeping SBC from becoming ridiculously narrow. When you get frustrated, just rest assured that there is a pastor here in New England who appreciates all you’ve done.

With respect,
John Brownlee
Beulah Baptist Church
Chicopee, MA 01020
413.533.8299
jbrownlee@charter.net