It was a great joy to attend the 2018 annual Sola 5 Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, hosted by Brackenhurst Baptist Church. The theme of the conference was “Partnered to Plant,” and we were led by several Sola 5 pastors to focus biblically on the work of church planting and revitalisation.
Phil Hunt from Kitwe Church in Zambia opened the conference on Wednesday night by preaching on a biblical commitment to planting healthy, reproducing churches.
On Thursday morning, we first heard from Sammy Leballo (Moletsane Baptist Church, Soweto, South Africa), who spoke on a burden to revitalise and strengthen dying churches. Mario Maneville of Reformed Faith Mission Community Church in Belville South, South Africa, then spoke on how to help our churches to be more outward focused. Conrad Mbewe of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, closed Thursday with a focus on being intentional in planting self-governing churches.
On Friday morning, Tyrell Haag from Heritage Baptist Church in Melville, South Africa spoke on the need for discomfort in church planting. This was followed by a panel of Zambian brothers offering insight into the history of church planting in Zambian Reformed Baptist circles. Chris Woolley from Midrand Chapel in Midrand, South Africa, closed the conference by addressing the greatest hindrance to partnering in church planting.
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