Review of the 2016 Masterbuilders’ Leadership Conference in Atlanta
by Neil Silverberg
Earlier this month, we held our annual Masterbuilders’ Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Once again leaders from various regions were present. Always, the most enjoyable part of this conference is the opportunity to fellowship and share together with churches and leaders who we don’t often get to see regularly.
Our conference theme this year dealt with the theme of worldliness and holiness. The title was “Come Out of Her, My People: Has the Church Become Like the World?” We were encouraged by those leaders who came to listen and participate in this theme. It isn’t every day that leaders gather to discuss such topics. We were challenged by each speaker that contributed to the theme. Stirring messages were given on the need for holiness, true and false conversion, holiness is not legalism, and holiness and mission and holiness and relevance.
I gave the opening message the first night which allowed me, for the remainder of the conference, to take in the other speakers. A couple of primary things stood out as I listened to what was said. First and foremost, the Church, especially in the West, desperately needs to return to a Gospel which transforms men and women so that holiness is a reality. The call to holiness and the need to leave the world came through loud and clear.
Secondly, the need to approach the topic of holiness from a perspective of grace and the new covenant came through clearly as well. Holiness is first a foremost a work that God accomplished through the great work of his Son. Christians are holy in Christ (even the Corinthians are called holy) and we must first approach it as a reality which is true in the new birth.
Finally, the need for holiness to spill over into the culture so that it deals with systemic cultural issues such as racism and injustice. Included in that is the need for relevancy when dealing with the world. These messages demonstrated that holiness has important cultural implications and is not merely an individualistic reality (though it must start with the individual).
Thanks much to all who were able to attend. For those who weren’t able to, we will be posting shortly on our website the podcasts so you can take it in. I strongly encourage you to do so