Famed preacher, singer shares advice on last day of conference
Published 12:01 am Saturday, October 25, 2014
NATCHEZ —Renewed gospel artist and preacher Marvin Winans closed New Hope Vision Center’s 2014 leadership conference, with songs and words of wisdom.
Winans, an award-winning recording artist, asked those in attendance Friday night to “wear their coat.”
“The gift that is given to you by God is not as great as the person who receives the gift,” Winans said.
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Marvin said it’s important to become comfortable with oneself — becoming a distinguished individual.
Further, Winans educated the congregation that their gift from God is meant to help and lead others.
“When you grow up, and you know the hand of God is on your life, and when you know the hand of God has favored you and your talents, you have to recognize that it’s not for you,” Winans said.
There is a grace that comes with recognizing who you are in Christ, Winans said.
The Rev. Stanley B. Searcy said New Hope experienced a phenomenal conference this week.
“It was unlike anything that I could have imagined,” Searcy said.
A bulk of the conference focused on economic development, calling area pastors to take part in community development.
“We believe that we have given them the tools to get them started,” Searcy said.
Searcy said he and New Hope will keep the momentum going, following Winans’ sermon.
“We will try to keep the fire from Winans’ message going,” Searcy said.
The Rev. Clifton Marvel, pastor of The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church in Natchez, said the conference was an amazing experience.
“As one of our speakers said, it’s been ‘stupendous,’” Marvel said. “It was very informative on the availability of funds to do building projects in our communities.”
Marvel said he and area pastors received self fulfillment and dependence on God, following the conference.
Adams County Board of Supervisors President Darryl Grennell, along with fellow supervisors, presented Winans with a proclamation, stating the day of Oct. 24 to be known as “Marvin Winans Day.”