Retired Baptist Ministers Advent Gathering

Michael Bochenski, Coordinator of the RBMN writes:

The EMBA Retired Baptist Ministers’ Network (RBMN) met via ZOOM on December 7th for our Advent Gathering.  For several years now the EMBA have gifted a chosen book in the Autumn to those Retired Ministers in our Region who would like a copy. This year’s choice was David Coffey’s fascinating Around the World in 80 Ways: A Life of Ministry. Several of us already had copies, and a further 30 or so were sent out in preparation for this meeting.

An introductory review of the book, two “breakout room” sessions, and a plenary formed the heart of the morning’s meeting. One of the quotes in his book – attributed to Billy Graham – proved a focus for much of our discussion: “I know how to die but no-one ever taught me how to grow old”.  David’s book concludes with some reflections on Psalm 71 and on exactly that - ‘Growing Old with God’. It was especially pleasing to welcome the author himself to join us in person for the plenary! David had previously welcomed comments and observations on his book – critical or complimentary - and was then with us to hear and respond to them. The morning ended with David leading us in an Advent reflection and prayer.

Our Gatherings in 2024 will include spending time in March with incoming Baptist Together President Steve Finamore and, in June, with our former General Secretary, Jonathan Edwards.

We will let you know about these gatherings and how to book, and you can check the RBMN Webpage for updates

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