When Rev. Kevin Efflandt took up the minister’s mantle at Zion United Reformed Church in Ripon, CA, the council determined to work toward hosting an annual Reformation conference.
The purpose of the conference, he says, is “not only for the edification of our own people but also to bring the truths of the Reformation to people in our community. There seems to be a renewed interest in the doctrines of grace, and so we wanted to ‘strike while the iron is hot’ in a sense.”
Zion URC’s first annual Reformation conference was held on Saturday, November 5, 2011, and featured speaker Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, President of Westminster Seminary California. He addressed the theme of “Confessing the Faith: The 450th Anniversary of the Belgic Confession of Faith.”
Dr. Godfrey’s three lectures were on: Confessing the Word of Christ, Confessing the Work of Christ, and Confessing the Church of Christ.
“There was also a question and answer session,” says Rev. Efflandt. “Westminster Seminary California operated a book table, displaying and selling a number of Dr. Godfrey’s books. We also gave away dozens of CDs of White Horse Inn broadcasts.”
Approximately 180 people attended the conference, which was promoted through an event page on Facebook, flyers sent to area churches, and via a radio spot played in conjunction with Zion’s weekly sponsorship of the White Horse Inn broadcast.
“Attendance far exceeded our expectations and attendees came from a variety of churches and places,” says Rev. Efflandt. “We had a number of our own people at the conference, but we also had people from the Bay Area, southern California, as well as the immediate area around Ripon.”
The above article by Glenda Mathes appeared on pages 14-15 of the December 7, 2011 issue of Christian Renewal.