Left to right, Nolen Wood, Todd Houston, and Jordan Easley will be those preaching at “Ignite: A Preaching Conference for Georgia Baptists,” to be held 1-4:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — “Settle it” will be the theme of the annual preaching conference that leads into the Georgia Baptist Convention gathering with a focal passage of Psalm 119:89, said Pastor David Mills of Beech Haven Baptist Church in Athens, who serves as president of the event.
“I’ve observed there is quite a chasm on what [pastors] think about certain issues and what Scripture says,” Mills stated. “Too often we resort to discussion before we resort to Scripture. That can lead to division.”
Psalm 119:89 reads: “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (ESV). “Ignite: A Preaching Conference for Georgia Baptists,” will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, with an expected finish time of 4:30.
Chris Orr, minister of music at Beech Haven, will lead worship at the event.
While there is no shortage of topics pastors and church leaders are willing to debate, the Ignite preaching conference will address three in particular:
- Missional and evangelistic methods.
“If we can bring biblical light to these things, we can unify Georgia Baptists to Christ,” Mills added.
Three preachers will address those issues. First to speak will be Nolen Wood, pastor of Life Church in Athens. In addition to the pastoral role he’s held the last two years, Wood also serves as the team chaplain for UGA basketball through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“He started as a student pastor and then was called to be a pastor,” said Mills. “His church has gone from 45 in attendance to 200. It’s difficult to grow a church inside the Athens perimeter, but God’s hand is on him.”
Taking the stage after Wood will be Jordan Easley, pastor of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tennessee. Georgia Baptists are familiar with his father, Ernest Easley, who served as pastor of Roswell Street Baptist in Marietta from February 2002 to July 2015 before joining the staff of Union University as professor of evangelism. Currently, he serves at First Baptist Cleveland as teaching pastor.
“First Baptist is busting at the seams with three worship services. Jordan is an excellent preacher,” Mills noted.
Todd Houston, pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, North Carolina, will be the final speaker at the conference. “Todd served at New Baltimore Baptist Church in Michigan and led the state in baptism,” said Mills.
“He preached here at Beech Haven once and it was obvious how God has blessed him. He knows a lot about evangelistic methodologies. In the 12 weeks or so he’s been at Mount Vernon, they’ve already baptized 45 people.”
While the conference will focus on three topics, Mills emphasized the overall goal for those attending.
“This conference has the potential of unifying us to such an extent that we can join together to reach Georgia for Christ. It’s going to give biblical light on some very important subjects. Pastors will leave better equipped to reach their communities.”
Scott Barkley serves as editor of The Christian Index.