The Journey toward knowing your calling. Are you called?
- Do you have a feeling of helplessness?
- Do you have a sense of willingness?
- Do you have a sense of significant-ness?
Jim Burns started writing phrases that he wrote when he realized that he wasn’t going to be around forever.
Life has pain – You choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. 1 Tim. 4:7
Find life-giving replenishing relationships
- Do you have a mentor?
- Peer Relationships?
- Are you mentoring someone?
Find margin – You have to leave room for God moments.
You need to take time to refresh, recreate, play and have a great attitude as a family.
For families and marriages you have to play together.
Invest in your staff.
Untended fires become a pile of ashes. – Self leadership is massively important.
This is my second year a The Gathering. I will be blogging the conference as it happens so be sure to tune in for man session breakdowns, interviews and giveaways. As kids and family ministry leaders are converging in beautiful Southern California my thoughts go back to last year. I had never been to a Tru Gathering before last year.
I really enjoyed being apart of the conference for the following reasons.
In about 4 weeks I will be in sunny Southern California. As someone from the chilly northeast this excites me. Why I am excited may surprise you. Yes this winter was brutal, but I am most excited about being at The Gathering again this year because of my experience at the conference last year and what David C. Cook is trying to accomplish in this event.
There are many conference that talk about the need for family ministry and this emphasis is well founded. The family in America needs every ounce of prayer, strength and support we can give it. What I appreciated about The Gathering was the way they tackle the family ministry problem. They come at it from the standpoint of spiritual formation. That the gospel is transformational in nature. What families need more than anything is a deep understanding of the grace of God despite the dysfunction that we bring to the table.
When you come to The Gathering you will hear about the grand narrative of scripture that tells over and over again that we are dysfunctional but are redeemed and made right because of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. What kids and families need from us is not more programing or slick events they need us to point them to Jesus over and over again. Families need the hope that only the Gospel provides. I love how Paul describes this hope in Romans 5.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
In Christ we have a hope that does not disappoint. So many families have experienced disappointment that has lead them to hopelessness. The good news tells us We Can’t but Christ did on our behalf. I am excited to sit to listen and learn. To be encouraged to press into the inexhaustible richness of God’s grace. As a pastor, as a parent as a sinner saved by grace through faith nothing is sweeter.
I hope to see you there. Because every family needs that gospel and every pastor wants a free ticket to The Gathering. In fact David C. Cook has cleared me to give a ticket away. So waste no time enter below.
Equip: Gathering #4:God is On the Move
The last main session was by Mark Holmen his website is Faithathome.com. He shared a much needed challenge to join a movement that extols the value of family in church and at home. Below are some of the comments from his session.
The problem with Christianity is not what happens at church it’s what’s not happening at home.
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b]5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
10 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.
Equip: Gathering #3: God is With Us
Megan talked about the power that the gospel provides. When we understand that we are loved beyond what we deserve and when we will love others and tell them the Good news about what Christ has done for them. Power message and challange to live in light of our acceptance before Christ.
We need to know that they are loved. It’s the best news ever.
23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
What is the world shouting at us?