Clearnote Pastors/Church Officers Conference begins this evening...
Please pray for us. We're getting ready for the beginning of the Clearnote Pastors/Church Officers Conference this evening. We'll have over fifty this year which makes all of us very thankful to you and to our Father. The theme is "Preach the Word" which would seem to be the one thing every Reformed or Evangelical pastor already does faithfully.
Sadly, none of us have been killed, recently; none of us are in jail; and only a few of us have been fired for resembling Jeremiah, Amos, Stephen, Peter, or Paul. So yes, this conference is needed, particularly by those of us intimidated and maybe envious of men well-paid by aquisitions editors and conference-organizing coalitions.
"What? I thought this was a post puffing your own conference? Seems a little inconsistent, dude—ya know?"
Yup, this is a conference and I just got done thanking you and our Heavenly Father for bringing so many men to it. So what gives?
What gives is that this conference... is a time of preaching. That for starters. Not lectures to disembodied brains posing as shepherds, but the Word of God applied to the consciences of His undershepherds so we may care for our sheep more painfully, and therefore more fruitfully.
Then also, this conference is wholly given over to promoting the things that are not as opposed to the things that are. We're calling one another to faithfulness in setting ourselves on fire for the salvation and sanctification of our sheep. Which means we're calling one another to the foolishness of the Cross. To weakness. To being burned up in our work (or I should say, His work).
Next year, would you please consider sending your pastors and elders and deacons to a different kind of conference where the aim is not to please men, but God. Given the humility of the thing, the fellowship is extra-sweet.
And if you're registered for this year, I/we can't wait to see you in a few hours!
Added at 5:37 PM: the snow is falling, Suzee and the daughters of Zion are almost ready with the lasagna and bread, our fireplace at home has been going all day, ready for after-worship fellowship, Phil is clearing his throat and David has prayed; let the joy begin!