What difference does it make whether or not someone belongs to a congregation of the Church? A Fifth-Annual Symposium in Kilgore will take up the topic “Why church?”, and everyone is welcome to attend the free event, Sunday, October 28, 2018, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the Devall Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Kilgore College (1116 Broadway Boulevard, between Nolen and Elder Streets, in Kilgore, Texas).

The Dr. Glenn Young, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Kilgore, will give an opening presentation and then, after a short break with refreshments, other local pastors will respond briefly to his presentation before the panelists field questions from the audience. Previous Symposia have had nearly 150 in attendance, and, no matter the number, they have featured lively and engaging discussion!

Dr. Glenn Young

Young has experience pastoring several existing congregations and planting new ones. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, a Master’s Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry in Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The 2017 panel also included the Rev. Ben Bagley of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, and Rev. Phil Hodson of Christ the King Presbyterian Church. The event will be moderated by Terry Booker of Kilgore College.

Th2 2018 Symposium is the fifth in a series connected to the anniversary of the October 31, 1517, Reformation. The first was “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism” in 2014; the second was “At the Intersection of Church and State” in 2015; the third was “Religion and Politics in the 2016 Election” in 2016; and the fourth was “The Reformation at 500 years” in 2017. The purpose of the Symposia is to seek a deeper understanding of one another in our various church communities. Through the mutual sharing of knowledge and ideas, organizers believe that the Holy Spirit will draw people closer to that union that Christ desires for all (John 17:21-23).

For news coverage of previous years’ Symposia, see here.

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