ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Over 3,000 people from around the nation are in Alexandria this week for the 37th annual “Because of the Times” conference, hosted by the Pentecostals of Alexandria.
Seats to the conference designed for ministers, missionaries, evangelicals and their families sold out in just ten minutes. There are two parts of the event that run simultaneously: a conference for adults and then another for their kids.
The event began on Tuesday night and runs through Thursday. This year's theme is “One,” taken from the passage John 17:11.
Pastor Anthony Mangun says that he hopes that ministers will leave the conference on Thursday encouraged:
“Fifteen-hundred ministers a month are getting out of ministry because of the pressures of pastoring. When ministers and wives come here and you see the load that they're carrying, and they get here on Tuesday night, and the choir hits the first song, and then I do the keynote and the preachers begin to preach. And you see the time that Thursday night gets here, you see a man or woman that came here with a heavy burden, and you can see Thursday night, not their cares or burdens are gone, but that they have the strength to carry their burden.”
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