Kingdom Association of Convenant Pastors

To Our Pastors

The winter is past and we are coming out from the thaw. Spring is now here and it is time to energize and engage the church in life changing witness. To that end we are preparing for a great 10th Anniversary Kingdom Association Conference July 20th-22nd. Our theme is "Dreaming Big Dreams!" Our churches are ready to move forward with ideas and goals that will make a difference in the lives of people. Traditionalism has its place, while contemporary ideologies are relevant for this age, yet I believe God is birthing big dreams that are beyond the confines of tradition and out of the box for contemporary. We will explore these big dreams and I think they will resonate with each of you.

This year's conference celebrates the big dream KACP. We started this group of pastors and churches believing in God that a new season of faith was emerging. Over the years our churches and pastors have been strengthened and taught how to let God breathe new life into the ministry. We have grown in number and our churches are known for being trendsetting and cutting edge. Our understanding of faith is getting a wider reach and people are coming to Christ.

We want this year's conference to express a big idea. We are having a 10th year reception on Monday night and a golf tournament Monday afternoon. You can register for both of these on the registration form. Tuesday and Wednesday will be full days of study with powerful plenary sessions and awesome night worship. We are looking forward to a 300 voice choir composed of members from our churches. I will preach on Tuesday night and Dr. Gina Stewart will bless us on Wednesday night. We have classes for pastors, associates, leaders, worship arts, and pastors’ wives. It will be a time of learning and sharing. Each day we will host "Tribal Chats" for each church. The church and their delegation will meet to discuss the topic shared and how it can impact the ministry. This is new, but will be provocative.

I hope you and your church will be in Baltimore for this special event. People will be coming from all over and I want everyone to see just how strong we are. Register your church as a block early so we can plan for those coming. The flier and registration forms are attached so you can sign up for the event now. Join us on social media to encourage others to be a part of this great experience.

Let me now change the topic to the awesome realities we are living. Once again shots have rung out from the guns of law enforcement and an African-American male lay dead on the ground. We have all seen the violent video that ends with Mr. Walter Scott of South Carolina falling to the ground that would soon become his place of death. We have marched and protested such actions, but now it is time to demand accountability. We must demand that law enforcement and governments that employ them be held to a new level of responsibility. We must demand that new processes and procedures become the antibiotic shot into an infected culture. We can demand this and we must. These incidences are not a new occurrence. What is new is the publicity and attention they have attracted. The new media is bringing into our living rooms and bedrooms the awful secret America has tried to keep hidden. Racism, classism, and culturalism are interlocking oppressions that fuel the violence we witness.

Let us sound the alarm from both pulpit and pew. Let us lift our head and our voice and hold America accountable. Our children are watching and waiting. They are watching our response and waiting for a better world. God has given us the power to make both happen.

Thank you,
Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr.
& the Executive Council Members


To Our Pastors

This winter has been especially brutal. Many of our churches have felt the strain of trying to have service when the elements seemed determined to stop us. Last Sunday our sidewalks were covered with snow and our streets were icy. Churches felt the pinch; yet some weathered the elements just to be in the house of God and share in the experience. Though our coffers are feeling the pinch, let’s not forget it is the experience that so many are seeking.

We constantly hear how Christianity is in trouble, and that people are leaving the church, but these bad weather days have reminded us that people do want to be in church and they do love the Christ who changed their lives. I really believe we are called to advance the Kingdom like never before. Our people really want a vital encounter with the Lord. Sunday is their day to be with the God who changed their lives, and events like these help persons to see how important their worship really is.

God knows the weather has been bad, do not be discouraged, do God’s will and the rest will fall into place. Remember, “Be anxious for nothing, but in prayer…” Don’t let the situation rob you of that promise. We will talk to God.

We are starting the registration for the KACP conference in July. We are looking for busloads from our churches to attend, as we celebrate our years of witness and chart the progress for the future. Our theme this year is “Dreaming Big Dreams,” and we have put together a time that will be rich and rewarding. We want you to arrive in Baltimore on Sunday night, July 19th or Monday morning, July 20th, as events start on Monday morning. There will be a golf classic that morning and then our 10 Year Reflection Reception that evening.Tickets are limited so please register to be in attendance. We will start the seminars on Tuesday morning and I will bring the message that evening. All day Wednesday we will have dynamic sessions for leaders, singers, preachers, pastors, and staff and we will close out that night with powerful preaching. It is really going to be an engaging event, and I am sure you will not want to miss what will transpire. Registration will begin in two weeks.  Let’s bring everybody to the conference. See you soon!

Thank you, 
Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr.
& the Executive Council Members


Greetings KACP,

Many of us who have been in ministry for some time can admit today that it never gets easier. There are challenges and opportunities that come to us each and every day and our aim and prayer is that we serve God’s plan as we tackle them. It seems strange to hear myself speak of forty years of service to the Lord and to the New Psalmist Congregation. I have seen so many changes over these forty years and I have seen ministries wrestle with how to best serve God in these changing times. That issue does not go away. The question seems to loom large and often reminds us that we too need to trust God for the success and effectiveness of this work. KACP is our attempt to encourage one another as we do this work. I have not seen the church or pastor that does not need encouragement. We are seeking to help churches and pastors understand they are not in the struggle alone.

We all are fighting the good fight of faith. To this end we have planned the July KACP Conference to be an awesome time for pastors and their people. We are looking at how to do Church better and how to make things happen in a time when so much works against the Church. This is a major time for our congregations. We want them to sense that God has churches committed to the work of advancing the kingdom and overcoming obstacles. This year’s Conference will provide a unique opportunity to explore creative ways to do ministry regardless of congregational size, budget, location and staffing. Workshops will be designed to open our vision scope regarding how technology can aid your ministry and communicating with, and to the congregation. Also this year’s conference will explore creative and cutting edge ways to share the gospel and of course we will discuss how to finance ministry beyond regular church offerings

We hope to see hundreds make their way to Baltimore July 20-22, 2015 for a major time together. We will have worship at night and sessions during the day that will strengthen each church worker and leader. We are committed to strong churches with strong leadership. Our Conference theme is Dreaming Big Dreams and we hope members will board buses, trains, and airplanes and make their way here. You will be blessed. We will be providing regular Conference updates and registration will begin in February. Now enjoy what God is doing in your life.

Thank you,
Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr.
& the Executive Council Members


Greetings KACP,
I hope all of you are doing well and that you are gearing up for a powerful and productive summer. I am excited about the coming together of our group for the KACP Conference here at New Psalmist July 18-20, 2012. This year we are tackling a major issue, “The Case For Integrity.” We have all seen the tragic demise of so many of our colleagues. We have watched them paraded through the press with allegations dangling over their head while their ministries burned almost to ash. The Adversary has found a way to cripple our work. He attacks the integrity of the ministry and causes persons to lose their trust in the pastor and leadership and ultimately in God. This will be an important topic and I encourage everyone to be present and to bring your congregations so that they too may learn these valuable lessons. Deacons and Trustee, Staff members and Ministers has all been the target of the Adversary and the church has paid for their actions.

Register today and make sure you are a part of this most significant meeting. I am sure it will change your thinking and cause you to see ministry responsibility in a brand new light.

There are so many strong men and women in our organization. I pray that you are taking the time to get to know each other. I have watched so many of you grow into powerful men and women of God and I believe the doors for greater service are always opened to those who love people and deeply desire to see lives changed. At this years conference we will do some things that strengthen us in our fellowship one with another.

I look forward to seeing you in just a few weeks. There are so many deep issues for us to discuss. I hope you will join us for KACP Conference 2012.

Thank you, 
Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr.
& the Executive Council Members


Greetings KACP,

We are excited about the upcoming KACP Retreat.   The host hotel for the retreat is the InterContinental in Buckhead, Atlanta. The rooms are just about filled to capacity and we want to make sure you are in the number.  If you have not yet reserved your room, please do so no later than December 15th in order to get the group rate.  To make reservations call 1-877-422-8254. 

In addition, the room rate of $219 +tax includes lunch for one (1) person; therefore, if you are sharing a room with someone OR if you are not staying at the host hotel, your cost for lunch is $100 ($50 per day).

Finally, each year as a part of our retreat, we always plan a night of fun and fellowship.  This year on Wednesday evening (Jan 11th), we will be going to see the play entitled “The God of Carnage” starring Jasmine Guy.  KACP will be covering your ticket as well as your spouse’s ticket for the play; however, we do ask that you cover the cost for your dinner that evening which will be $50.00 per person at “Shout Restaurant.”  I am sure that this will be a great evening of fun fellowship and relaxation.  Please plan to arrive in Atlanta early Wednesday afternoon so that we can all travel to dinner and the play together by travel that will be arranged by KACP.  Please R.S.V.P. by December 15th to let us know if you and/or your spouse will be attending the dinner and fellowship.  You may R.S.V.P. to Deaconess Renita Fulton at 410-945-3000 ext 3018 or via email at rfulton@newpsalmist.org.
Please note that our Executive Staff will be prepared to collect all fees at our reception desk upon your arrival. 

Thank you, 
Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr.
& the Executive Council Members


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