Among the hundreds of Christians to converge on Dubbo this weekend for a two-day convention will be Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen.
The Western Plains Christian Convention (WPCC) has secured Archbishop Jensen and vice principal of Moore Theological College in Sydney Dr Bill Salier as its “Bible teachers”.
Chairperson of the convention committee Reverend Bryson Smith, of the Dubbo Presbyterian Church, yesterday reported of the possibility of a record crowd at the interdenominational event that has been held “in various forms” in Dubbo for about 15 years.
“It has slowly been getting bigger,” he said.
In 2009 about 600 people attended the convention that drew participants from throughout inland NSW including the communities of Broken Hill, Griffith and Lithgow.
An indication of participation this year is the 200 bookings for the WPCC children’s program, which makes it easier for families to take part in the event where old friends and new catch up.
Reverend Smith was a student of the theological college when Dr Jensen was its principal.
An early approach to ensure his attendance at this year’s convention at Dubbo Christian School would provide for “clear and faithful” explanations of Bible content, Reverend Smith said.
The introduction in the convention booklet states that “this year at WPCC we will be considering the meekness and majesty of Jesus Christ”.
Reverend Smith said a “small army” was organising the 2010 WPCC that will include shared meals, music and “High Schoolers Chat Room” on Saturday afternoon when speakers will be “grilled” by teenagers.
Out-of-town Christians will begin arriving in Dubbo on Friday with WPCC organisers expecting them to make use of the city’s accommodation venues including motels and camping grounds.
The convention’s registration fee of $35 includes six keynote addresses, lunch and dinner on Saturday, along with morning and afternoon teas.
Registrations will be accepted “on the day”.