Retreating to Advance
Johnny Prime took a group of pastors away in January to help him better understand the work and ministry of the Pastors’ Network. As he settles into his new role, we asked him to fill us in on plans for this coming year.
The aim of our 24-hour retreat in Derbyshire last month was to consider ways the Pastors’ Network (PN) can best develop and grow. We want it to encourage, equip and envision pastors as they serve the Lord Jesus in local churches.
So how did we get on?
We spent time reading and wrestling with 1 and 2 Timothy, considering how these letters of encouragement from one pastor (Paul) to another (Timothy) should help to set the agenda for the work of the PN.
We had helpful discussions about how we can better serve ministry wives and about how the Network might be of even more help when pastors encounter difficulties or conflict in the churches they serve.
One of the great encouragements to me from our 24 hours together was hearing stories of pastors networking to encourage local partnerships in independent churches.
We heard about one area of Britain where pastors and their families sometimes meet on a Saturday morning. The husbands take the kids to the park, while the wives go out for coffee. Simple but effective in developing trusted and supportive relationships.
It was a reminder that small, simple things can be of great benefit to our fellowship.
Time was also spent planning the programme for the 12 day-conferences happening around the country this year. Our focus will be on 2 Timothy 1:9 and what it means to be “called to a holy life”. We will also be considering the place of suffering in the ministry and how God uses it for our sanctification.
Our holiness as pastors and church leaders is vital to the spiritual health of the church, so I would encourage you to sign up for a conference this year. The details can be found on our Events page and it would be great if you could find the one nearest to you and come and join us.