I participated in the first Credo conference last October. I am now in year 2 of the two year commitment, and so I’m with the same faculty and the same group of about 30 pastors as last year. Before signing up for Credo, I had never committed to a conference that required a two year commitment. However, I am very excited for the opportunity. During the first year’s conference I created quite a few goals in ministry as I met with specialized faculty. This year I look forward to meeting with those same faculty members to check in on the ministry goals.
I’ve picked a theme verse for this week:
“As iron sharpens iron,
This proverb shares with us the power of a friendship that can encourage, challenge, and help you grow as a person. Is there a friendship in your life right now that you feel sharpens you? Is there a friend that encourages you to grow and develop in your faith?
This week I am part of a small group of other pastors. The pastors come from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences in ministry. One is a solo pastor at a church in Washington State. One is an associate pastor of children, youth and adult formation at a large church in Michigan. One is ordained to the role of campus ministry at a college near St. Louis. As a pastor, I deeply value learning from others who are in different situations than myself.
My prayer for this week is that I will be sharpened as I learn from my small group and the faculty.