Caribbean: CONECAR – Day Three

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Evangelical Alliance of the Caribbean

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: An awesome day in God’s presence with powerful preaching were the comments from some of the participants at the Congress of Evangelicals (CONECAR 2007) at the end of the third day of the congress on Wednesday. Elder Christian statesman, Rev. Dr. Gerry Gallimore, a Baptist minister and former Youth For Christ Director from Jamaica again, led the morning devotional. Dr. Gallimore pointed out that “In no uncertain terms Jesus told a crowd that day, as he would tell us today, that to be a disciple is not some easy, warm, fuzzy feeling that one gets in a religious meeting, but a serious, calculated, radical, no-nonsense, take-it-or-leave it, personal commitment to Him.” With passion Dr. Gallimore challenged delegates have locked up the salt for too long in the saltcellar or saltshaker, hence the rot in society stinks to high heaven. Shake us up Lord Jesus! Shake us up Holy Spirit. For too long we have locked up the salt in salt the saltcellar.”

The morning plenary was led by Rev. John Smith, General Superintendent of Assemblies of God in Guyana. With passion and a real sense of God’s anointing Rev. Smith called delegates to maturity and Christ likeness which he stated this comes from a “process of training ourselves to distinguish ourselves to distinguish right from wrong and then do what is right.” Rev Smith strongly challenged the congress when he asked “How is your concern for the poor increasing? How are you positively responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic? How are you relevant to your society? What impact are you making in your community? Is your sharing of the gospel holistic?”

During the afternoon 10 workshops gave congress delegates the opportunity to flesh out the many of the themes from the morning presentations. Also in the afternoon the General Assembly met for more than five hours to receive reports from the officers and staff and elect officers for the next four years. Rev. John Smith was returned to the office of 1st Vice President as a representative of the Guyana Evangelical Fellowship, Rev. Veral Blake was returned to office as member of the Executive representing the Association of Evangelicals in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Rev. Dr. Clifton Charles was elected as a new member of the Executive to represent the Worldwide Church of God.

The evening plenary was explosive as Rev. St. Clair Mitchell of Dominica spoke prophetically into the lives of delegates with a message that emphasized the need to embrace new methodologies and the power of the Church to transform societies. Rev. Mitchell called the Church to step out and risk everything to change the society in which they minister. He pointed out that the Church does not exist for the denomination, building or members, it exists for the community.

During the evening Rev. Dr. Gerry Seale was presented with the prestigious Gold Award of Kingdom Investments Unlimited International. The award was presented in recognition of Dr. Seale’s “unquestionable evidence of brilliance, fidelity and integrity” and for his role as “being the organizing genius and motivating engine of the biennial staging of CONECAR.”

The congress ends on Thursday when speakers will elucidate the biblical concepts of societal transformation through discipleship.”