Tomorrow begins our 2 day seminar that I will teach about 10 hours at, with about 12 different other people from JBC speaking another 5 hours. I have been writing the material for the seminar for the last year. We held a seminar for over 20 years on these same dates on the topic of prayer. Two years ago I decided that we needed to change the content because just about everybody who was going to come probably had over the years. As I thought about what next to teach it wasn’t hard to decide. I have observed that one of the major needs in many churches, especially smaller churches was a system and program for training the people in the church to do the work of the ministry in the church. Most think that doing the work of the ministry in a church is the job of the pastor. The problem is that there is so much more that needs to be done than one person can possibly do, and smaller churches don’t have the finances to hire another Associate Pastor to help do the work. The training is typically called discipleship in the church world, but we have used the term “Leadership Training” instead. Over the years I have taught 8 month long “Leadership Classes” to several hundred men in our church and recently started teaching Ladies as well. The classes have been incredibly fulfilling for me to teach and the result has been that we have many in our church who lead and are involved in many different ministries that meet the needs of lots of people.
So tomorrow is the day. I think my material is ready, meals are organized, and homes are lined up for those who are attending to stay at. I am sitting here in my recliner going over the material I am going to teach feeling very nervous about the next two days. It isn’t the teaching I am nervous about, it is the content. Will it make sense? Will it be something that will be practical for other pastors and churches to use? Will it produce the same results in other churches that it has in ours? The biggest area of hesitancy is it seems so presumptuous of me to offer up myself and our church as a model to other pastors and churches on how to successfully do this important ministry. Am I or our church worthy to teach and model,this material?
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I fear that my passion to do more, and to make a difference in churches will cause me to jump the gun on God’s leading. I hope not! I have been praying diligently that God will give me and all those involved, the strength and the wisdom to glorify Him, and to make a huge difference in the ministries of every church represented at the seminar tomorrow. Well, it is to late to back out now, so ready or not here we come! If it wasn’t so late I would go to a movie. If I wasn’t off of all sugar I would eat a half gallon of my favorite ice cream! I think I will just go to bed.