Lighting the Way since 1953  
Pastor's and Layman's Conference still strong

By: Megan Wimberly/Staff Writer

     Eighty-four years ago former president of Wayland, Dr. McDonald, and several other pastors put together a program to help churches be more effective in their ministries and in life. Since then the Pastor’s and Layman’s Conference has taken place once every year. The main goal of the conference is to encourage, inspire, and give spiritual guidance.
      Michael Summers, a religion professor at Wayland, encourages everyone to come, and explains that the conference is set up to help both clergy and laity.
      Summers says that he has seen many good things come from the conference. One of the most encouraging things was at the 75th conference. At that time there was a hot debate raging in the Convention. The conference had speakers from both sides of the debate. These speakers came together in peace to speak about the issue and pray together.
      This year the conference will be held on February 18 and 19. The theme is “Transforming churches through transformed lives.” The focus scripture is Matthew 16: 13-20. This year’s key speakers include Dr. Calvin Miller, Sandy Maddox, Leighton Flowers, as well as several others.
      There will be a concert Monday night led by Blake Bolerjack. There is no charge and while there is a schedule in place, people can come and go if needed.
      Registration begins at 9 a.m. Monday. At 9:30 a.m. the conference will begin with prayer and worship, followed by breakout sessions and speakers. Sandy Maddox will lead a women’s luncheon at 12:30 p.m.
      At 2 p.m. the conference will resume with prayer and then go into worship followed by several key speakers. Monday night’s agenda will end with a concert and prayer.
      Tuesday’s session will last from 9 a.m. to noon and will contain prayer, worship, messages by key speakers, and Bible study.
      After the conference there will be a golf tournament at the Plainview Country Club.