Monday through Wednesday was the “Annual meetings” for our denomination at Seaside. Mostly pastors, senior pastors, youth pastors, worship leaders, associate pastors, fat pastors, skinny pastors, and a few smart pastors. The meetings tend to be boring but the fellowship with the other pastors was super good. A lot of the pastors I only see once a year at this event so it is always fun to chat for a few minutes catching up on “news”. I really enjoyed my time with Mike Dedera my associate pastor here at JBC. We see each other all the time here at JBC, but driving over together, staying in a motel room together and eating together we had lots of time for good conversations about our vision for the future. Also my son-in-law, Mike Hatfield roomed with us and I had a wonderful time with him talking church and family.
One of my favorite verses is in Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.” This verse is so true for me, the more time I spend with guys who are faithful, hard workers, devoted to the Lord, and in love with Jesus, the more passion I have for ministry. It is such a great gift from the Lord to have really good friends who give me grace as they spend time with me.