While professional church worker conferences are a reasonable expectation for professional church workers (as well as people in many other professions) we still find ourselves asking some questions such as “What’s in it for me?” “Is it worth the money?” “Can I really afford the time?” “I think I would have chosen different speakers/presenters.” “I think I already know everything that will be presented or I don’t think I will agree with one of/some of the presentations.”
Such questions/comments can have some validity, however let me ask you to consider a different perspective. Granted some people do a lot of “conferencing” and may drink a lot of coffee and visit with their friends and gain little to help them in their work, but attending offers the opportunity:
- To encourage a fellow workers in the kingdom! You will have opportunities to visit with people, share ideas and listen to someone who needs your ear.
- You might be surprised that a presenter challenges you to think about or re-think something you thought you had thought through thoroughly.
- It’s good for you to be there as a critical part of the Body of Christ in our district.
- There is a cost, but most congregations can afford one or two conferences a year. If they can’t let the district know and you will find some help.
- While it is “time away” from your other responsibilities it is good to step away once in a while – it can improve your perspective on yourself, your life and your ministry.
- Sitting through a presentation that may or may not be your favorite provides an opportunity for some cognitive exercise!
Now is the time to sign up for our Fall Pastors Conference in Indy on October 24-26! Every effort has been made to provide a good conference, but it will be good for you to be with use. Check the District website for details!