This past weekend, Preacherman and I had opportunity to attend the 2014 International Pastors and Leadership Conference hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes in Orlando, Florida. We loved every minute of it.
Being busy without direction is dangerous because it can lead you to waste time, energy, and resources. One of the biggest gains from this conference was being able to understand the HOW and the WHY of what we should be doing in regards to our ministry. Not only that, we left with a clear idea of what we can do right now in our church planting process. Every night, Preacherman and I found ourselves making to-do lists, reaching out to people, and processing all that we were learning.
A huge highlight for us was being able to connect with people–meeting others on the same journey as us, meeting people who have been in ministry for years, and seeing friends and family. Our pastor, Andy Thompson presented at the conference on Marriage and Ministry, and did a phenomenal job! His session was engaging and entertaining, but grounded in wisdom and biblical truth. It is such a blessing to be under the leadership of him and his wife, and we are so appreciative of their love and support of us in this journey.
There really are no words to describe how full we felt after leaving this conference. Since being back, we’ve been hard at work applying the things that we’ve learned, building relationships, and finally hitting a stride in the church planting process. Though we are at the beginning of this journey, it’s exciting to see things begin to take off and move in the right direction.
To God be the glory for the things He has done.
Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!