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January 2014 | by Jim Adams and Norman Hopkins

On 16 November, at Borough Green Baptist Church, Kent, 65 pastors met for the second ‘Men of God in Kent’ conference.

The overall theme was ‘Man up; take responsibility’. John Cheeseman spoke twice, firstly on ‘Take responsibility for yourself’ and the need for spiritual discipline.

Secondly he spoke on ‘Taking responsibility for others’, the need for men to take spiritual leadership. He focused on preparation for leadership, using as an example Joshua and his experiences before taking over the leadership of Israel from Moses.

Mr Cheeseman’s approach was practical and down to earth, which was much appreciated. The conference ended with a time for questions and discussion, when men could add their own comments on the subject.

The conference was organised by the Kent Evangelical Ministers’ Fellowship, which has been meeting for many years at Waterford House Evangelical Free Church, Strood.

Another innovation in the past two years has been the introduction of some ladies’ evenings, when the wives of ministers are invited to come and meet separately for fellowship and discussion of their own particular concerns, and then join their husbands for tea together. This has proved a popular development and may be extended.

Also during November was the regular monthly meeting, where pastors and elders from churches across Kent gather for a devotional message, prayer and discussion. This month, Paul Relf of Enon Baptist Church Chatham brought us an excellent and thorough paper on ‘The church in an aging population’.

Jim Adams and Norman Hopkins