The first day of the 2012 Central Africa Baptist Leadership Conference is history!
Monday of the conference is arrival day for hundreds of delegates from across Zambia and surrounding countries. Numbers of registrations for the first day was up by 100 from last year with a good number of people arriving after registration had closed for the day.
Sandala Mwanje, our Dean of Students is doing a capable job as the Conference Chief again this year. He opened the Conference right on time at 1pm (13h) with a welcome and instructions for the week.
At 2:15p (14:15h) three sessions commenced. Dr. Matt Williams opened the first workshop which dealt with the definition and need for biblical servant-leadership.
One exciting addition to this year’s conference is the inclusion of more than 20 deaf believers from Kitwe Deaf Bible Baptist Church in Kitwe. Pastor Anderson has joined us for the week to interpret the workshops and general sessions for the deaf.
In the meantime across campus Dr. Sam Horn began his first session with an introduction to the Minor Prophets. This is already shaping up to be an extremely helpful class as the men examine how to prepare expository messages from this portion of the OT.
In the third floor Conference Room, Pastor Francis Kaunda began the block class for Chaplains with an introduction to Old Testament Survey. This class is part of the Chaplaincy Certification Programme being offered through CABC.
There were two workshop sessions followed by a one hour break. At 6p (18h) the first evening general session began.
The Faith Baptist Church Riverside Choir sang followed some time after by the CABC men’s choir.
Several students accompanied the congregation by playing instruments.
CABC President Philip Hunt preached on the Conference Theme in the opening general session. His text was taken from John 13:1-17. He explained the example that Christ gave to his disciples by washing their feet and what that teaches us regarding servanthood. The activity of a slave of Christ is to serve one another. The identification of a slave of Christ is to love one another. When we follow Christ’s example there is no task or person beneath us. He personalized the challenge with Jesus own words, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (17)
The day ended at with a delicious meal provided by the kitchen staff. We are looking forward to a rich spiritual feast as we get into the first full day tomorrow (Tuesday).