Evangelical Alliance of the Caribbean
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – CONECAR opened last night as hundreds gathered at the Centre for Excellence in Tunapuna, Trinidad. >From the opening prayer, led by Bishop Dr. Alister Alexander, to the benediction the presence of God was real. In welcoming delegates, Rev. John Smith, 1st Vice President of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean, traced the history of the Congress of Evangelicals (CONECAR) from its genesis in 1984 to this the eighth congress. The key note address by Rev. Dr. Gerry Seale set the atmosphere for the rest of the congress. According to Rev. Seale evangelism without discipleship is the Great Omission, not the Great Commission given by Jesus to the Church. Citing national indices that indicate the impact, or lack thereof, of the Caribbean Church in society, he challenged delegates with examples in history where the Church changed societies and transformed nations. Referring to a survey of sexual practices among Evangelical Church-going youth in Barbados, Rev. Seale stated that with 26% of these youth currently having sex outside of marriage there was a significant challenge to pastors and leaders in terms of discipling our youth to live in obedience to Christ.
COECAR continues until Thursday of this week.