Are you a pastor, a church leader, or training for leadership, and live in or near Rhode Island?  Are you committed to a faithful, expository preaching ministry?  Do you embrace the Reformed faith or are sympathetic to it?

A number of pastors and church leaders in R.I. regularly gather for fellowship and prayer.  We are calling upon the Lord for reformation and revival in our day, pleading for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon ourselves, our churches, and our land. We generally meet monthly on the fourth Monday of the month in R.I. or southern Massachusetts. We gather for three hours, beginning with an hour of reading together (no advance reading) and discussion of something theological, pastoral, or practical, then moving to a time of sharing and prayer with fasting. The present schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 25, 9:00a-12:00p, Grace Community Baptist Church, 621 Woonasquatucket Ave, North Providence, R.I.

Monday, August 22, 9:00a-12:00p, location TBD

Monday, September 26, 9:00a-12:00p, Iglesia Cristiana Alianza y Misionera, 21 Spooner St, Providence, R.I.

Monday, October 24, 9:00a-12:00p, location TBD

This summer, we will begin reading selections from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s Preaching and Preachers. Some of the readings from the past have included more theological papers such as J. I Packer’s “What Did the Cross Achieve? The Logic of Penal Substitution” to pastoral classics like Horatius Bonar’s Words to Winners of Souls. In recent months, we have read and discussed B. B. Warfield’s, “The Emotional Life of our Lord” (audio recording here), as well as Martin Luther’s “Heidelberg Disputation” and “Two Kinds of Righteousness.”

If you are interested or know of someone who might be, drop me a note to mjives dot refparish at gmail dot com or call/text 515-783-5637. Or if you are a pastor who is interested in exploring the Reformed faith, let me treat you to lunch or coffee!

“It is God’s will through His wonderful grace, that the prayers of His saints should be one of the great principal means of carrying on the designs of Christ’s kingdom in the world. When God has something very great to accomplish for His church, it is His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of His people; as is manifest by Ezekiel 36:37. and it is revealed that, when God is about to accomplish great things for His church, He will begin by remarkably pouring out the spirit of grace and supplication.”

-Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)