WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio—Work Out (discipleship), Max Out (revitalization), and Stretch Out (church planting) were the three Stronger Church Conference tracks at Nottingham Baptist Church on Friday evening and Saturday morning, Sept. 22 and 23.

In the opening session, John Greening, GARBC national representative, challenged conferees from Ohio churches to exercise toward godliness in the operational matters of the church. “Doing church God’s way is a godly pursuit,” Greening says. “Godliness is not just an abstract or ethereal matter; it’s an operational matter in the church, as God wants to involve us in discipling, revitalizing, and planting churches.”

As conferees participated in the individual tracks, they learned how to carry out the pursuit of godliness by making, maturing, and multiplying disciples in the context of the local church. Practical teaching and stimulating discussions were led by Regular Baptist Ministries personnel David Gunn, Alan Wilson, John and Daria Greening, and Clare Jewell. As individuals applied the teaching to their church settings, their vision increased of how Christ could use them in the process of strengthening their churches. During the closing session challenge, John Greening urged participants to “plan and do” as they returned to their churches. “As with an exercise program,” he says, “hard work and disciplined habits are essential to strengthening the church.”

Stronger Church Conferences are designed for church members and pastors. Future conferences this fall will be available in Nebraska City, Nebraska, Oct. 6–7, and Redding, California, Oct. 20–21. See Stronger Church for more info and registration.