A few weeks ago, Matt Capps and I met for lunch and began to talk about the difficulty of young pastors to connect with other young pastors around the state. Matt and I have developed a friendship because we’ve intentionally pursued getting together, laughing, talking about church, praying for and encouraging one another. We decided that day to create a network of young pastors, like ourselves, who are Great Commission minded and desire to connect with other pastors, learn from each other, and partner together in order to best steward our future ministries.
I’m extremely excited about the opportunity this provides young pastors across the state of North Carolina. Our first gathering will be at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. We will gather at 4:15pm on Tuesday, November 15 in the Meadowbrook room at the Koury Convention Center.
I see great value in this gathering because:
- It will facilitate relationships pastor to pastor.
We pastor in a contentious world, and pastoring is not always easy. Rewarding, but not easy. We’ve seen too many pastors tense, on edge, and waiting to pounce on one another for any reason. When pastors have relationships with one another, they more often give the benefit of the doubt or have personal conversations instead of lashing out publicly. We’ve witnessed the divisive nature of pastor attacking pastor from pulpits, conference platforms and social media.
We may have different ministry philosophies, but hopefully we all have the same end goal in mind. If we’re going to truly impact lostness in the state of North Carolina, we’re going to have to come together as a team. The best sports teams always talk about chemistry. They know each other. They respect each other. They believe in each other. They work together towards the same end goal.
This gathering gives us an opportunity to kick off relationships that will go with us throughout our entire ministry.
- We can learn from each other.
We want to be a band of brothers advancing the gospel in our state. To do this we will create an environment where we can learn from each other and share our best practices. We’re going to sit at round tables and discuss different topics related to our church and ministries. Although this is not a revolutionary idea, it does underline the importance of learning from others and standing shoulder to shoulder with others who are walking the same path.
We’ll discuss questions like:
- Where do you go for resources, tips, and training?
- How are you developing leaders in your church?
- How do you keep yourself fresh to do ministry with a full tank?
- How are you engaging your community with the Gospel?
- How are you leading culture change in your church?
- What is the best way for us to cooperate to strengthen our future?
If everyone comes ready to share and ready to learn and challenge one another, this gathering will have significant impact in all of our ministries.
- We can prepare for the future.
The theme of our gathering is “Stewarding our Future Together.” When we steward our future, we make the most of it. Too many pastors become disheartened and burned out in ministry, and something must be done. While there is no silver bullet, we want to develop a group of great commission minded guys who will minister shoulder to shoulder for the next 30+ years. We hope to see each other as partners in ministry who together reach many people for Christ.
We want to resource each other as well! To get started, B&H Publishing and Crossway are providing free books (a $55 value) for each attendee.
- Exalting Jesus in Revelation (Christ-Centered Commentary), by Danny Akin
- The SBC and the 21st Century: Reflection, Renewal, and Recommitment, edited by Jason Allen
- Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus, by Mark Dever
- More to come…
I’m looking forward to Tuesday, November 15. I hope you’ll join us.
To sign up for the meeting, click on the link below.