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Release date: Feb.14, 2006
WBU Hosts Pastors' and Layman's Conference
 

PLAINVIEW – The 85th annual Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference will get underway Monday, Feb. 20, at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview.

              Pastors, church leaders and laymen from all denominations are invited to attend the one-day conference. This year’s theme, “That All May Know Him: The Messenger and the Message,” will focus on spreading the gospel to an ever-changing environment.

              “It will be a time of inspiration and introspection for reflecting on the blessing of God and examining how we can effectively share those blessings in the future with everyone,” said Micheal Summers, Wayland’s director of church services.

              Summers said the conference is experimenting with the one-day format to hopefully involve more people and make it easier for those who travel and work to attend.

              The morning session, “Sharing the Mission in West Texas,” will feature a discussion panel focused on reaching West Texas in a changing ethnic environment. The discussion begins at 9:30 a.m. in Harral Auditorium. Registration will be held in the auditorium at 8:30 a.m.

              The conference will feature morning, afternoon and evening sessions, featuring messages, testimonies and special music from several pastors, leaders and musicians. A men’s luncheon will be held at noon in Wayland’s multipurpose room while a women’s luncheon will take place in McClung Center, room 211.

              The afternoon session, “Our Mission,” will be held in Harral Auditorium at 2 p.m. with messages from David Wilson of Lubbock, Gil Ramirez of Levelland, Don Sewell of Dallas and Joel Gregory of Ft. Worth. The evening session, “The Message we Share,” will feature messages from Gregory and Michael Evans of Arlington.

              A special Hispanic conference session will be held at 6 p.m. featuring many of the Hispanic church leaders in Plainview.

              In association with the conference, a special WBU Pastors’ Masters Golf Scramble will be held Tuesday at the Plainview Country Club at 8 a.m. The scramble is open to pastors, laymen and women. The entry fee is $50 and includes green fee, cart, prizes and lunch. For more information or to register for the tournament, contact Summers at 806-291-1165.

              A special scholarship art exhibit will be on display in Wayland’s Abraham Art Gallery featuring the photography of Richard Porter, depicting the 104th Psalm. Proceeds from the sale of the photographs will be used to develop a new endowed scholarship benefiting Wayland students.