Conference provides rejuvenation for pastors

Posted on April 25, 2018

Pastors relax at the ballpark.

Greenville Spring Week, sponsored April 11-14 by Erskine Theological Seminary’s Greenville site, welcomed its planned maximum of 50 attendees, 45 of whom were Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) ministers. The Rev. Matthew Miller, director of the Greenville site and former senior pastor at Greenville ARP Church, declared the event a success and spoke about its segue into a two-session public conference drawing even more attendees.

“We enjoyed outstanding teaching each morning from Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, a world-renowned theologian, speaker, author, and former senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina,” Miller said.

“Dr. Ferguson taught on the Reformation and revivals in Scotland, focusing on six main figures whom the Lord used in those renewals, with abundant applications for pastoral ministry today.”

Erskine Chaplain Paul Patrick was unable to attend the entire conference, but he was happy to drive up for Ferguson’s morning lectures on Wednesday and Thursday.

Dr. Sinclair Ferguson

“Dr. Ferguson is always worth hearing as he embodies the heart of a pastor and the mind of a scholar,” Patrick said, adding that “the spirit of fellowship among the group was rich.” He hopes Greenville Spring Week will become an annual tradition.

In the evenings, pastors at the conference gathered for “dinners at excellent restaurants in Greenville, with all expenses covered by a generous and anonymous donor,” Miller said. In addition to dining out Wednesday and Thursday, the attendees enjoyed the home opener of the Greenville Drive baseball team Thursday evening.

On Friday evening and Saturday morning, Greenville Spring Week “transitioned into a public conference called ‘Christ at the Center,’” Miller explained. Ferguson was the featured speaker, and the conference was co-hosted by Erskine Seminary and First Presbyterian Church in downtown Greenville.

“Many attendees reported that it was ‘the best conference they’d ever attended,’ and it’s something we’ll consider doing again,” Miller said.