ESF1WINDSOR, N.Y.—Staff and members of New York churches met at West Windsor Baptist Church April 7 and 8 for the Spring Conference of the Empire State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches.

Dr. Ken Davis, director of church planting at Baptist Bible Seminary, spoke on the theme “What Every Church Needs to Know about Church Planting.” He shared helpful Bible messages accented by testimonies from church planters involved in Project Jerusalem, a ministry of BBS that has planted nine churches in less than 15 years, including one church that is a plant of one of the others.

Davis has been in church planting for over 35 years and is a contributing writer in The Pastor: A Guide for God’s Faithful Servant, published by Regular Baptist Press, and coauthor of The Y-B-H (Yes, But How?) Handbook of Church Planting. His statistics and lists of practical ways to be a part of church planting “greatly inspired the crowd over the two days,” says Pastor Brian King of West Windsor Baptist.

The ESF hosts two Bible conferences every year—one in the spring and one in the fall. The goal, says the ESF, is to “promote learning, mutual edification, and spiritual growth that will glorify God.” This particular conference was intended to “highlight the importance of church planting and how it relates to reaching our world for Christ.”

ESF State Representative Jim Vogel led a “doctrinal thinkubator” on what the Bible says about the autonomy of the local church. He and his wife, Jeannie, also held a pre-conference for pastors and wives. Attendees heard ESF ministry updates from Jim Vogel, received free resources, and in a split workshop discussed the issue of time management; the ladies learned from Jeannie Vogel, while the men heard from Pastor Dave DeLeon of Open Door Baptist Church, New Woodstock, N.Y.