Coming up on its 67th year, the State Evangelism Conference is a place to find inspiration, according to Sammy Gilbreath, director of the office of evangelism for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM).
said there are two sides to the SBOM
evangelism office - instruction and inspiration.
Throughout the year Gilbreath and his
staff instruct and train Alabama Baptists in how to share their faith or how to put an evangelism strategy in place, he
"The other very valuable side is inspiration where we encourage people," Gilbreath
"It's one thing to know how to do evangelism, it's another thing to do it."
And that's just what the State Evangelism Conference is meant to do - encourage pastors and church staff with good preaching and good music, Gilbreath
said, so they return to their home church ready to lead.
continues to receive emails after each year's conference saying how the preaching, time of worship and fellowship made a difference in participants' lives.
One such email confessed the heart of a pastor who was ready to resign and leave his
email the man said the conference helped put joy back in his
life and he