We have had a great conference over the past 3 days at the 2gether Pastors Conference.
This is the conference of the Baptist and Church of Christ Pastors in WA.
Our speaker this year was Ross Clifford…
He was a exceptional speaker, probably the best, most inspiring, relational, enjoyable and stimulating we have had for a while.
The notes are below…he followed the theme of the conference, half full or half empty.
Ross emphasised the need for pastors to have time out to reflect, pray…be refreshed and go to the footy! Ross is a huge Sydney Swan fan…and talked about how going to the football is the closest you can get to a spiritual experience in secular, sports mad Australia.
On Tuesday we followed his advice and went lawn bowling…that is a whole other post about how Australians find community…but as you wait for that, he is a picture of Bob, the guy who organised it all…a great bloke!
What Ross said…
Churches can be places where we perpetutate the ‘Non people status’ people get in society.
Genesis unpacks what it means to be a non person…rejection of people
Number one mark of a well lead church…no non person status
Women as non persons?
Children as non persons…
“Its not that my father does not love me..its just that he loves himself more
When we move away from God we move into treating people as non persons….
In christ the church has no non persons…
Genesis finishes with healing reconciliation15 21
Pastors can involve themeselves in Senseless activity
A profound moment (mowing the lawn at 10pm on Saturday night…who would want to be a Christian if that is what it means)
Real aussies find themselves in leisure
John Grisham is a strong Baptist
Australians work for the weekend
The non loved child keeps his trap shut and keeps his dreams to himself
Generation Y will not commit themselves to endless activity
The more we focus on ourselves…the less time we have for the community
Theology of leisure
The Lord is my shepherd…makes me lay down to…
Churches measure themselves by activity
In my sheer busyness I squeeze in activity
Drawn to timidity…not boldness
We dont go to church anymore because it does not stand for anything
Church that is bold..has not status
Will not favour wrong people
When we play favourites…we fail
Some are not
3. Models persevering patiently
4. Model being people of integrity
Tell them to their face
Speak truth with gentleness and respect
5. Model a pastoral heart
Care for others salvation
6. Model the gospel of grace
Person of Christ
7. The church and pastoral ministry
Centrality of the resurrection
Heresy is to talk about one or the other
The central linchpin of the christian faith is the resurrection
How does it impact us?
A christian is someone who believes in the resurrection
Scott Peck discovered that i have a problem with sin…only one faith deals with sin…and what the remedy is…
Care for the whole person…
Christianty…the whole person is raised up
Whole of me is raised up
God is concerned that the whole of me is raised up
Am i a person who is resurrection focused?
Messages of wholeness and hope
Look at the things you stand for
Where are your strategies to show the resurrection?