Doug Forman, pastor of Breesport (N.Y.) Baptist, welcomes people to the Serve Boldly conference.

BREESPORT, N.Y.—Church workers throughout the Northeast Fellowship gained ministry skills and inspiration at Serve Boldly, the fellowship’s annual conference to train those who serve in church ministry.

Breesport Baptist Church hosted the conference April 30.

The workshop-driven conference aims to improve ministry skills and inspire participants “to consider new ways of serving Christ,” says Brian King, director of the Northeast Fellowship.

Though the conference was developed with volunteer church workers in mind, its wide-ranging content was also beneficial for paid staff members, including pastors.

Leaders from Northeast Fellowship churches led the 29 workshops, covering the topics of outreach; ministry to men, women, youth, and children; small groups; worship; finances; the ministry of deacons; counseling; technology; and ministry in a rural or small church.

Workshop leaders included Alan Wilson, curriculum specialist for Regular Baptist Press, who addressed outreach in one’s community and evaluating curriculum; and Jeannie and Vogel, both Regular Baptist authors. Jeannie spoke on “The Joys and Pitfalls of Women’s Ministry,” and Jim addressed “Church Conflict: 12 Preventative Strategies for Leaders and Followers.”

Brian says, “We are so thankful for the many workshop leaders and volunteers who gave their time to make this day possible.”