Wes and I attended the Spiritual Leadership Conference at Lancaster Baptist Church the week of June 9-12. This was my first time to attend, and only his second, so we were excited to be there! We've always watched on their live stream feed, but actually being there is always much more satisfying and exciting.
The preaching services are always good and full of much-needed, biblical sermons, but I also really enjoy the afternoon breakaway sessions geared toward various aspects of the ministry. In years past, I've listened to some of the audio from sessions that have interested me, mostly for pastors' wives, ladies, and musicians. So I was very excited to choose sessions for myself and hear them in person. I gave the links for these posts in my newsletter, and today I just want to comment on each session. I'll list links to the page of sessions and how to get the notes from each session at the end of this post.
Session 1: Exciting Congregational Playing with Shelly Hamilton
Session 2: Given to Hospitality by Bonnie Ferrso
Mrs. Ferrso is the wife of Jerry Ferrso, one of the assistant pastors of Lancaster Baptist Church. Her session was quite short, but I gleaned some good information from it. I would have liked to hear more expanded thoughts on each point, but the outline presented in the session was a great acrostic for hospitality as a means of ministry. This is something Wes and I are working on this year, so this session was timely for me. You can listen to the audio by clicking on the title of this session above.
Session 3: Maintaining a Servant's Heart by Jenny Navarette
This session was taught by the wife of the Spanish pastor of Lancaster Baptist. She is a young mom with several young children, and I thought she did a great job with this subject. She was speaking to pastors' wives, but the information was applicable for all women. Her main idea was that, as ministry wives, our most important calling is that of helping our husbands in the ministry. One point that I have thought about a lot is that moms in our Pinterest-influenced culture are often more mom-centered than raising-godly-children-centered. In other words, we get so caught up in throwing the most unique or elaborate birthday party that we are neglecting the most important job of mothering, that of raising children with a heart for God. I think she has a great point! I don't think either of us would say that getting ideas from Pinterest is wrong, but the most important things are the families we are serving - not all those great ideas we're pinning! I think you'd enjoy this session!
Session 4: Living the Spirit-Filled Life by Suza Rasmussen
Suza Rasmussen is the wife of Dr. Mark Rasmussen, Vice President of West Coast Baptist College. I've met her in person and found her to be a gracious lady, and my daughter admires her a lot, so I was excited to hear her presentation on Wednesday afternoon. I was not disappointed! Mrs. Rasmussen spoke very practically and from her personal experience studying the ministry of the Holy Spirit. I came away with a very practical illustration of being filled with the Spirit. Mrs. R filled one glass with all sorts of little things that characterize our lives: jewelry, candy, coins, etc. She left another glass of the same size empty. Then she poured water from two full glasses into the each of the other two glasses. The one with all the "stuff" in it couldn't hold as much water as the empty one. The application is that when we are filled with all the stuff of life, we can't be filled as much with the Holy Spirit; but when we empty ourselves of self and the stuff of life, the Holy Spirit can fill us with more of Himself. This was an excellent session, and not meant for just pastors' wives at all!
Audio for All Breakaway Sessions - all the afternoon sessions grouped by category
Session Outlines - download outlines for each session
Main Sessions and Special Presentations - video of every preaching session and special presentations
Photos From the Conference
I'm already looking forward to next year! Wes and I are especially thankful to our People's Baptist Church family for providing our expenses to attend this year's conference. They allowed us to go and enjoy the entire trip with no worries!
Which conference sessions would you like to listen to? I'd love to know your thoughts!