Well, we've finally come to the end of the pastor's conference, and it's been a good one. Pastor Jack made a statement at the beginning of the conference that set the tone for the whole thing: "The issue of administrative processes and management is the most pivotal one in establishing the long-term success of a ministry."
Of course, he would concur that things such as the Word of God, prayer, worship, and holiness are foundational to administration, but the point is well taken that without serious attention to administrative matters the ministry cannot run and will not last. Perhaps this is why the Bible designates administration, not as a task to be done, but as a spiritual gift to be employed for the glory of God (1 Cor. 12:28).
Thus, we have talked at length about staff, communications, ministry management, legal issues, finances, taxes, and such like things, all in the atmosphere of prayer, worship, and the Word of God. It has been very informative and up-building.
In addition to formal instruction, we are required to have all of our meals together for all five days. This creates an atmosphere where relationships can develop, and mutual encouragement can be shared. I have had two or three very substantial conversations with colleagues and I am very eager to return home and put my hand to the plow of launching Glory of Christ Baptist Church this fall.
Please pray for me on this last day: pray that we would finish strong and that God would be glorified in our midst.