Post 2017 and 2018 Conferences
The 2017 conference was recently held at Wyangala Dam and attracted 40 men from the Cowra region and kicked off with a BBQ on Friday night with a challenging talk around the fire by a man who recounted how he was saved from drugs, crime and alcoholism when he met Jesus. A long term user he finally decided to take his life, but through a series of events ended up attending AA and meeting followers of Jesus who pointed him to the forgiveness and love that Jesus has for all. His decision to turn from his previous life and follow Jesus was transformative and lifesaving.
On the Saturday the men were able to hear how men from the Bible experienced the same issues that are faced today. This included a King who over steeped his power, stole someone else’s wife and then had her husband sent to battle and certain death. The King however was confronted with his sinful actions and sought the forgiveness of God. When his son became King he made his own mistakes which cost him his Kingdom. One of the speakers Bob Burcher drew on his extensive experience to link the words of the Bible to the challenges that men face today, with the offer to check Jesus out and see how one can be a Fair Dinkum follower of Jesus.
The talks from the Saturday are available here.
Session 1 – Stephen Moore
Session 2 – Bob Burcher
Session 3 – Bob Burcher
The 2018 conference was held at Wyangala Dam in March. The conference attracted ~40 men from the Cowra region and beyond with a car load of men coming from Mudgee and others from as far away as Sydney. As in 2017 the conference kicked off with a BBQ on Friday night with a challenging talk around the fire by as a man who recounted how he was saved from alcoholism when he met Jesus in a journey that started by a chance drop into a youth centre. Despite a hostile family he gave his heart to Jesus that has seen time spent in the Salvation Army and more recently as a Pastor and counsellor. The latter brings him in contact with needy addicts a group that he can connect with. He spoke with real emotion as he reflected on God’s grace and set the scene for a great weekend.
On the Saturday the men were able to hear how men who follow Jesus should live at home, at church and in the community. Two powerful messages on being men who honour their families and wife and who take seriously their responsibility in the church were given. This was combined with a heartfelt talk about connecting with the community in which we live. The formal and informal feedback about the conference was positive. Those in attendance resonated with the talks and found them practical and real and there was a real sense of the presence of God. Not only this but the speakers themselves were blessed by the conference surely a good outcome for a conference.
Planning is underway for the conference in 2019 with speakers already locked in.