The good shepherd knows his sheep--by name...
(Tim) Two weeks from now, we'll be holding the ClearNote Fellowship Pastors Conference. It will go from Thursday dinner to Friday afternoon, so it'll be no problem for you to be home for Lord's Day worship. If you're an elder or pastor, or aspire to those offices, we invite you to attend. (Since God has ordered these offices be held only by men, please understand registration is limited to men.)
Our subject is pastoral care. Thursday night, my brother, David, will preach on...the absence of pastoral care in our churches, and the need for that care to be restored. Then Friday morning Pastor Stephen Baker will examine the relationship between pastoral care and what we commonly call "counselling." Before lunch, Pastor Dave (Max) Curell will speak of pastoral care and church discipline--not simply formal discipline, but the much more common informal discipline that's an integral (and often invisible) part of the church's life and fellowship. Finally, at the dreaded sleepathon right after lunch, I will preach on pastoral care in preaching--that sermons devoid of intimacy in personal rebuke, encouragement, and admonition don't rise to the level of preaching.
Following dinner and our first session Thursday evening, everyone's invited to my home for fellowship.
If you know you need encouragment and rebuke to be a faithful pastor or elder, there's still room and I hope you'll join us! We'll love you and expect you to love us. Then, home we go to do a better job loving our wives, children, and sheep.