ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - As the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s evangelism/discipleship team prepared for the 2019 New Mexico Evangelism Conference, the packets of information were sent to churches, encouraging them to promote the conference to their congregations and encourage attendance.
Sandia Baptist Church, Albuquerque, hosted the Feb. 25-26 conference that drew 462 people to a time of learning and networking together, listening to great messages and attending breakout sessions over the two-day conference.
Several churches brought large groups of attendees from out of town. To do this meant that folks were willing to travel, stay in hotels and eat meals out for the three days they would have been away from home if they stayed for the entire conference.
In the official registration for the conference, five churches outside of the Albuquerque area brought more than six people from their church. They were: Bethel Baptist Church, Alamogordo (7); East Aztec Baptist Church, Gallup (6); First Baptist Church, Ruidoso (9); Laguna-Acoma Church, Cubero (7); and First Baptist Church, Santa Fe (10). Overall, there were 87 churches represented outside of the Albuquerque area who attended this year.
One of those churches was First Baptist Church, Ruidoso. Ten church members traveled to Albuquerque. Todd Sullens, the church’s new pastor, said that many of the church’s members had been to the conference in years past, so when he announced that he would be attending, nine people from the church agreed to go. Some rode together in a van, while others drove separately. Sullens said on the ride home, the conversation focused on all they had learned and how the ideas had refocused their attention for their church.
Since Sullens is new to the state, the Baptist New Mexican asked him what he had gleaned from his first experience at the conference. He said, “I walked away challenged and greatly encouraged by the music, the preaching of God’s Word and the breakout sessions. I was able to connect to a lot of new people that are mission-minded.” He continued, “We’re all in this together and we need to rally around each other.”