april, 2022

25apr(apr 25)5:00 pm28(apr 28)11:00 amThe 2022 Ministers' Convocation - East Coast

Event Details

April 25-28, 2022

Camp Wightman Camping & Conference Center 
207 Coal Pitt Hill Road
Griswold, CT 06351

Since 1956, Camp Wightman located on Billings Lake has been set apart…Set apart as
A place to meet
A place for fellowship
A place for personal and corporate growth
A place of rest for the body and mind, and renewal of the spirit
A place for Outdoor Ministry on behalf of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut

Attendees will enjoy the use of a private retreat house with multiple bedrooms, modern kitchen, and Great room.  The retreat center does have a large dining room and kitchen staff located in a separate building.  We will take advantage of the staff if we are comfortable doing so, otherwise we can prepare and eat our meals in our private kitchen.

Spiritual/ Devotion Guide: Rev. Brett Younger, Ph.D. has been the Senior Minister of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn since 2016. He enjoys living in New York and sharing life with a delightful congregation. Before coming to Plymouth, Brett was a professor at the McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University in Atlanta.  Younger was a pastor in Texas, Kansas, and Indiana.  He is the author of five books that not nearly enough people have read.  His latest is Funny When You Think about It:  Serious Reflections on Faith. Brett met his wife Carol at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where they both earned the Master of Divinity Degree. Carol is the editor of Reflections:  A Daily Devotional Guide.  They have two sons, Graham, a lawyer in Georgia, and Caleb, a lawyer in Colorado.

Theme: Preaching that Keeps the Preacher’s Soul Alive

Sermon preparation can deplete our souls or fill our hearts.  This is true for each step in the process—reading the story, looking for God, arranging ideas, and sharing what we find.  We will explore preaching that keeps the preacher’s soul alive in four conversations over four texts:

Preaching with Imagination / Isaiah 6

Preaching with Courage / Luke 4:14-30

Preaching with Honesty / Psalm 23

Preaching with Joy / 2 Samuel 6

 Contact planning coordinator, Rev. Dr. Irven A Gammon for additional information.

Cost: $250.00 plus a few snacks for evenings

Time: Arrival: Monday 4:00PM EST  and Departure: Thursday following lunch

Register here 


Every year, the NACCC hosts the Ministers’ Convocation.  This gathering for clergy is designed to provide continuing education, spiritual reflection and rest. It usually begins on the second Monday after Easter, a perfect time for clergy to renew themselves.  Many churches set aside money to send their pastor to this event, knowing that the spiritual rest their pastor gains benefits the church.


Scholarships of up to $500 are available through the Minister’s Assistance and Enrichment Fund.  Requests for assistance may be made to the Executive Director of the NACCC no later than 30 days before the date of the Convocation.


Financial assistance up to $800 is available for registration and travel expenses to attend a NACCC Convocation.  The Howard Conn Endowment was established by Judge James and Leanne Rogers in memory of the Rev. Howard Conn, retired minister of the Plymouth Church in Minneapolis, MN. The Endowment’s explicit use is to support ministers travel expenses to attend Educational opportunities, such as Convocation.

Rev. Conn was a preacher, lecturer, ecumenist, and writer. One of his favorite topics was the enduring significance of the Congregational Way of life. Ministers receiving these funds will share Reverend Conn’s belief that: “We think that God is too great to care what denominational labels we wear, but that God does desire that we join hands with all who love him/her in an effort to hasten the day of the Kingdom.”  -Reverend Howard Conn

To receive financial assistance a minister is required to fill out the application form and return it to the NACCC office on or before March 31st.  See application for more details.


25 (Monday) 5:00 pm - 28 (Thursday) 11:00 am


National Association of Congregational Christian Churches ​800-262-1620 8473 S. Howell Avenue, PO Box 288, Oak Creek, WI 53154

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