Rev. Dr. Henry L. Masters, Sr., keynote speaker for the recent L.E.A.D event and pastor of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, Tex., stressed to event participants the importance of regaining the “effectiveness of the black church through training and accountability.” Making disciples for Jesus Christ is the mission of the church, said Masters, but “preparing people for making disciples is critical, too.”
Pictured at 2015 L.E.A.D. were, left to right, Revs. Joe Connelly, Don Cottrill, Sonya Lars, Roger Lathan and Henry Masters, Sr.
2015 L.E.A.D., a Louisiana Conference gathering designed for predominantly African American churches and their pastors, was held Oct. 9-10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Ave. in Baton Rouge.
Workshops on “Leadership” (led by Rev. Joe Connelly), “Technology in Worship” (led by Todd Rossnagel), “Faith Sharing and Evangelism” (led by Rev. Robert Johnson) and “Vision and Mission Development” (led by Dr. Lue Russell) were offered during the two-day event.