In this day and age, a lot of us measure success in pastoral ministry the way the world would have us measure success in that, we feel that our ministries and churches are successful when we put more people in our pews and chairs during Sundays, or if we have a big and fat church budget. We feel that we are doing more if we have more programs – and better, more attractive programs at that. This becomes a trap – when our identity is tied to these things, we become more prideful when we experience our so-called “success”. Yet on the other hand, we see a lot of pastors burning out and succumb to depression, a lot of our ministers quitting because they have “failed” at these standards we place on ourselves.
We pastors need find our identity in Christ, and live out that identity in our ministries. We can’t fall into the trap of finding our identity and value in our ministry position, how great our preaching is, our popularity and fame, or how great our church programs are. We need fellow pastors who will remind us of the centrality of the Gospel in our lives and ministries. In this sense, it is vitally important that we reflect on how the gospel and our union with Christ shape our life and ministry.
So, how do we become a "gospel-shaped pastor"? This is the burden of this conference as we study God's precious Word together.
In our plenary sessions, we will unpack how our union with Christ shapes our life. In light of the Gospel, we will discover and re-discover what it means for us pastors to be a son (of the Father), a sinner (in desperate need of grace everyday), a saint (in our pursuit of holiness and Christlikeness), a sheep (in need of Christ's daily provisions), and a servant (in the home and in the church). In our workshops, we will focus on how the gospel shapes our ministry. We need to answer the question – what are the implications of the Gospel in our calling as theologian, preacher, disciple-maker, counselor, church planter and missions mobilizer?
This is a conference for "younger pastors", so we would love for pastors in their 20s or 30s to join us – this conference was designed with you in mind. If you are an older pastor, but are still young at heart and still have the willingness to learn from others, please do not hesitate to join us. If you are a church leader or a Christian with a burden for your pastor, you can also come and learn alongside him.
For two days, join us in celebrating the transforming power of the gospel. And as we do, may God use this conference to build more friendships, to be an encouragement to one another, and for us to start dreaming and praying for a gospel awakening in our lives, in our churches, in the Philippines, and among all nations.