THE OPEN Bible Standard Churches of Jamaica (OBSCJ) will be hosting its 62nd annual national conventional from March 16-20 under the theme 'Equipping for Ministry Engagement'.
From March 16-18, there will be nightly meetings starting at 7 p.m. at the Open Bible National Complex in Twickenham Park, St Catherine. The convention will then culminate on March 20 at the National Arena, Kingston, with three services, starting at 9 a.m.
Daily themes will be: Wednesday - 'Empowerment for Ministry', Thursday - 'Effectiveness in Ministry', Friday - 'Exploits in Ministry', and Sunday - 'Enlistment for Ministry'.
The speakers will be general superintendent of OBSCJ, the Reverend Hugh Elliston, pastor of the Lionel Town branch; the Reverend Dr Dylan Toussaint, pastor of the Edgewater Baptist Church; the Reverend Andrew Miller, director of education and pastor of the Miracle OBSCJ; and the Reverend Michael Hammond, principal of the Jamaica Open Bible Institute and pastor of the Habour View branch.
Special guest speaker
The Reverend David Moreno, general superintendent from Cuba, will be the special guest.
A member of a worldwide organisation with headquarters in Iowa, USA, Elliston said this year will take on a special feel as the 43 member countries in which the OBSC is located will be represented and their flags flown high at the convention.
In addition, the Overcomers youth arm of OBSCJ from the 51 branches across Jamaica will be well represented.
"At the convention this year, we will have a youth and Sunday school focus and extravaganza. For 2011 to 2012, we are focusing on the young people, and giving them all the attention they need to get them involved in ministry. So we will begin the convention by having all the young people march up with the name of their church, sit in their designated area and they will be presenting special items. We want them to have a feel for the ministry and what the process involves," said Elliston.
So come expecting a week of dynamic preaching, divine worship, inspirational singing and rich blessings.