Like most Pastors I have to choose carefully which conferences earn my time. Some conferences are nothing more than a mere get together for a whoop and holler and go back pumped. That pumped feeling wears off usually within a day of returning. Why? Most of the time something happens to burst your bubble when you get home. A deacon will call you an say something like; “while you were out of town we received information that Sister Bertha better than you, was offended by something that you said in the message.” Or you get a visit from a precious church member that reminds you of something you said 3 years earlier that was offensive and he/she were leaving the church and “just wanted you to be aware”. The conference was just as well not attended and you are now wondering how in the world those at the conference could make statements like; “I hire my own staff”, or “I do not visit in hospitals”, or even better than those two, “I don’t have anyone on my staff that is not my friend.”
What I appreciate about Dr. Vines conference is that people will be on hand to discuss the issues one may meet. Problems come and those who are in the trenches are the ones that can tell you what to expect and how to overcome them. Well, I am registered for the upcoming conference and if I can convince Brother Wes to go, he will be registered by the weekend. :)
I encourage those who are looking for hands on practicums to sign-up and be there.
In case you missed it I want to direct your attention to my friend Peter Lumpkins blog. He began a six part series on the Security of the Believer that is entitled: Why Your Faith Is Secure. Of course Brother Peter is only re-posting this series that was originally authored by Dr. Steve Lemke, Provost at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The original series appeared in the [Louisiana] Baptist Message. I encourage you to take a gander at this series as it delivers great insight and encourages believers. While I am a little late to the party, one can find Part 1 here.
Dr. Johnny Hunt is on a Leave of Absence until September 19, 2010. The Executive Pastor, Rev. Jim Law, of FBC Woodstock made a statement on Sunday, August 8, 2010. We here at SBC Today want to ask our readers to pray for Dr. Hunt and his wife Janet as requested by the leadership of FBC Woodstock. More coverage can be found at Baptist Press and a video link can be found on FBC Woodstock’s website, or you can go here to find a link.
I have a need and thought I would open it up to the Body of Christ found in the San Antonio area.
I am leaving Saturday, July 31, 2010 for a Mission trip to Mexico. My plane lands 12:20pm CT and I need to get from the airport to the border crossing at Eagle Pass. Can someone help me with a ride for two people and their luggage? If you can help just email me and let me know. If I do not get any responses then I will use the shuttle. Just trying to save some money. We will cover your gas costs.
I have recently agreed to help a friend, Les Puryear, who has called to our attention an important need and emphasis within the life of the Southern Baptist Convention. The need is set forth in what Les has established as the SBC Majority Initiative. This is a movement to encourage the smaller in attendance churches in our convention, which comprise approximately 83% of the 40,000+ churches of the SBC, to greater involvement in leadership within the ongoing work of our entities and trustee boards.
In addition to awakening our national convention to the need for our smaller churches to be more involved in leadership, those involved also hope to provide news about resources to help our churches more fully and faithfully carry out our Great Commission calling and ministries.
SO, if you haven’t already, please go check out the following opportunities to get connected to the SBC Majority Initiative: