What separates the Sovereign Grace Pastors Conference from most other evangelical conferences is a focus on worship and ministry. We just don’t seem to be in a rush. Magnifying the Lord and allowing his Spirit to minister to our needs is a priority when pastors gather just like it is for our local church.
The opening evening allowed for ministry and prayer based on Psalm 46. Sometimes we are more aware of God’s absence than his presence. But Psalm 46 is declaration in the midst of turmoil, “The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Our feelings betray us so fast. It’s why we need to be reminded of what is true.
There was also a time of ministry for parents of wayward children. Few things weigh on parents like watching a child grow cold to the things of God. Through ministry and prayer we bear this together. Through worship and song we declare the goodness of God in the face of these difficulties.
The schedule was loose enough to allow for interactions between pastors and wives of different churches to bear one another’s burdens and pray for one another. These “down times” allowed me the opportunity to talk with potential church planters, to share with wearied pastors and learn from new friends I had previously not met.
When I spend a few days in this kind of fellowship, I find myself both thanking God for Sovereign Grace but also asking God to use me and us to minister to one another. And that’s exactly what I experienced last Sunday during our morning gathering and our evening of ministry.