BCM India Conference Report
(Nov. 10 – 16, 2014)
After much prayer and planning the BCM India Pastors’ Conference and Ordination was held in the month of November, 10 – 16, 2014. 206 BCM Pastors from across India attended the conference. It was a time of learning. The soul stirring messages that were delivered during the course of the program truly equipped and encouraged the Pastors. Indeed, it was a blessed experience for all the participants.
A special mention here of the Ordination classes that were conducted on the 10th 11th & 12th of November, 2014. 25 Pastors were part of these valuable sessions. After the session, Rev. Mathew Mills and his team had a one to one talk with the Pastors and all 25 of them qualified for the ordination. The importance of being ordained is being more responsible in the church ministry, having a vision and impacting the community with the life of Jesus and the Gospel. The ordination sessions were exciting in itself as they were reminded of the great commission – to go forth and establish His kingdom. It was a time of spiritual nourishment.
The conference was divided into three important segments. 1) The opening session 2) Naming of the conference center after Dr.Dalavai 3) The Ordination
For the opening session, the esteemed guests were welcomed and introduced in a traditional manner. During the opening address Mr. Paul Padmakar BCM India Exective Director a special mention was made about how the ministry progressed and expanded in different regions, even though their spiritual guide and mentor Dr. Dalavai was no more with them, the ministry did not see any major setback as the Pastor’s pressed on in their task to build the Lord’s kingdom, though his absence was deeply missed!!! In the keynote address, ministry updates from across India was brought forward and the Pastors felt challenged after listening to the message from the book of Nehemiah. All the Pastors were called to refocus and be more deeply involved in the ministry which the Lord had commissioned to them. A special mention was made of the main theme of the conference “…..Rise and Build…”!!! BCM International Vice President Rev. Joe Ducks from the International office shared a few moments and greeted all the Pastors. The BCM India – Board Members also expressed their greetings.
After the opening session the teaching program commenced. The theme selected for the conference was from the book of Nehemiah. ‘…. Rise and Build…” Nehemaih 2:20. The topics dealt with were Discipleship, Holiness & Faithfulness, Stewardship, Church Development and BCM Ministries’ Core Values.” The Resource Persons were Rev.Mathew Mills, Dr. Howard MCneill, Rev. Varenen Gounde , Rev. John Peter and Rev. Joe Dukes. All the messages were presented and communicated well with clarity of thought, exhibiting an in-depth and exhaustive study, and hence with a certain liberty in the Word of God and also relevant in the present situation. The messages were translated into three regional languages Hindi, Telugu and Oriya.
On 15th November, from11.00am to 1.00 pm a special program was conducted, the highlight of which, was to name the Ebenezer Conference Center after Dr. Dalavai. It was an important program in the agenda. Mr. Paul Padamar presided over the program. Apart from the BCM India Board Members, Pastors and staff, 20 Christian Leaders and Pastors from the local churches and who were closely associated with Dr. Dalavai were present for this special occasion. The program commenced with the unveiling of the flax by Mrs. Dr. Dalavai. Rev. Joe Ducks prayed and named the conference center after Dr. Dalavai. The conference center is now named ‘Dr. Dalavai’s Memorial Conference Center’. The latter part of the program in memory of Dr. Dalavai started with a prayer and each person shared and gave tribute and remembered his vision and burden for the BCM ministry for India. Rev. Meno Joel shared the word of God which was truly encouraging and fulfilling.
On 16th November, Sunday, after the worship service, the session of the Ordination of the Pastors commenced. 25 Pastors were prepared and were selected for the Ordination. These Pastors are from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telagana and Karnataka. Rev. Joe Ducks delivered the ordination message. It was a blessed time for the Ordination candidates and as well as for the other Pastors present. Rev. Mathew Mills presided over the service and pronounced the Ordination Prayer and all National and International Leaders and Pastors prayed and laid their hands on each Pastor. After the Ordination, the Ordination Certificates were distributed. Rev. Mathew Mills sponsored a Bible and Bible study material for each ordained Pastor. The conference ended with a prayer and benediction.
We praise God for His blessing and for giving us His strength to continue to labor in His vineyard.
BCM India Team