Encourage Your Pastor to Attend Meaningful Conferences~ Way 22
Now we urge you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who encourage you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.
1 Thessalonians 5:12,13
Every week, pastors are sharing truths from the Word of God, they are pouring over scripture (hopefully!) and they are presenting a sermon to their congregation, taking timeless truths and expressing them in a way that impacts and inspires the listeners. While most pastors would tell you that preaching energizes them, they would also tell you that they need to be poured into in order to keep being faithful week in and week out.
Conferences have the potential to be exactly what pastors need. Hearing from others who study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, who correctly handles the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15) can give pastors the encouragement and inspiration they need to keep being faithful.
There are many pastor’s conferences including specific denomination conferences, but instead of choosing for him, a way to truly appreciate your pastor is to encourage him to choose a conference that he would find the most meaningful. Sometimes he needs to get away to a quiet place (Mark 6:31). Other times he needs to network with other pastors in his community or in his denomination. Or he might need to be at a conference to gain insight on a particular topic.
No one conference will fit every pastor’s needs. This is why there are so many of them out there. Allowing your pastor to find a conference that will truly pour into him is incredibly important.
If you are unfamiliar with pastor’s conferences, here are a few to consider:
The Desiring God Pastor’s Conference
The Gospel Coalition National Conference
Moody Pastor’s Conference
By sharing these links, I am not personally endorsing these conferences (I am not a pastor and I haven’t been to any of them). They are simply a few that I have heard good things about in the past (my husband attended the Desiring God Conference in 2014 and loved it!).
If you know of a great conference and want to share it in the comments, that would be fantastic!
Way 22: Encourage your pastor to attend meaningful conferences.