Preach Conference 2019

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Meadow Heights Baptist Church

1498 Vandalia Street

Collinsville, IL 62234

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Pastors don’t punch clocks. Or turn in timecards. If you’re in ministry, we don’t need to tell you that.

Your day starts early and usually ends long after you run out of steam. When it’s time for bed, it’s hard to turn off your brain.
You invest in others. And there’s nothing you’d rather do. But who’s investing in you? The grind of ministry can dull your senses and dim your spirit.

“Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade.” – Eccl. 10:10

Isn’t it time you were sharpened and renewed in your personal walk with Christ?

Why another pastors conference?
Good question.

Most ministerial conferences are organized around “how to’s.”

  • How to grow your church.

  • How to be evangelistic.

  • How to preach effectively.

These – and other how-to’s – are important. But they’re secondary to the most critical component of a church: the spiritual health and growth of the pastor himself. Talent, hard work and burgeoning attendance do not necessarily translate into personal spiritual growth. What we often call “success” could actually mask a pastor’s inner drift from God.

In a letter to a protege, C.S. Lewis cautioned him to think twice before becoming a pastor: “I’ve always been glad that theology is not the thing I earn my living by. The natural interest in one’s job and the pleasures of gratified ambition might be mistaken for spiritual progress. Clergymen sometimes fall into this trap.”

Preach 2019 is devoted to strengthening pastors, church staff and lay leaders so they can gain renewed resolve to practice what they preach.

What you’ll experience

Preach 2019 features a dynamic lineup of speakers who are passionate about encouraging fellow pastors.

Speakers and topics

  • The Power in Preaching
    Fred Luter, Senior Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, La., and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention

  • The Evangelist and His Evangelism
    Frank Whitney, Senior Pastor, Union Hill Baptist Church, Holts Summit, Mo.

  • Living with Character and Integrity
    Bob Ingle, Lead Pastor, First Baptist Church Harvester, St. Charles, Mo.

  • The Preacher and His Praying
    Eddie Bumpers, senior pastor, Crossway Baptist Church, Springfield, Mo.

  • God’s Kind of Leader
    Chadd Pendergraft, Senior Pastor, Crescent Valley Baptist Church, Tahlequah, Okla.

  • Music Leader
    Ted Burden, Directional Lead Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Rogersville, Mo.

In addition to teaching, the conference includes worship and interaction with speakers and attendees. Sessions also includes time for pastors to receive prayer from session leaders and each another. And last but not least: caffeine, beverages and goodies to keep you focused throughout the event.

The host
Preach 2019 is hosted and sponsored by Meadow Heights Baptist Church of Collinsville, Ill.

“Other than pastoring my church, my greatest passion is for the spiritual growth of my fellow pastors,” said Robert Strong, senior pastor of Meadow Heights. “I have had four pastors in my life who invested in me. Ministry is not easy. It can be a lonely place to be. But no one needs to be alone.”

Who’s invited?
Preach 2019 is for pastors, staff and lay leaders. Although we’re part of the Southern Baptist Convention in the St. Louis area, the event is open to all regions and denominations. Please join us.

Conference details

  • Cost = Free! But registration is required. We’ll take an offering dedicated to funding the next conference in 2020, but there’s no obligation to contribute.

  • Other costs Meals and lodging are on your own. Special rates are available at the Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights, IL. Mention the Preach 2019 conference to receive the discount. Phone 618.622.9500

  • Free child care
    Preach 2019 includes complementary child care for children age five and younger. Older children are welcome to join their parents in the conference.


  • Monday, March 11, 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 12, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Meadow Heights Baptist Church
1498 Vandalia St.
Collinsville, IL 62234


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