I have been pastoring for over 30 years, doing some things right, but many things wrong. When I was ordained at 33, I launched out to begin our first church and found myself completely untrained, inexperienced and unprepared for what was ahead of me. Looking back over these past years, I have seen the Lord take us from a small church of just under 12 to a membership of over 20,000, becoming one of the largest soul-winning churches in our nation.
At The Rock, we have grown to love and respect the local church and the faithful pastors who work diligently. We have seen and experienced the good, bad, ugly and precious of ministry. Because of this, Deby and I have a deep conviction that men and women of God can only go as far as they are encouraged. That is why we are inviting you to be our guest at Pastors 2012, our special gathering for senior pastors.
Why do we think you should come and invest your valuable time? Because we pastored a small church for most of our ministry years and remember wanting someone to share how to cause our church to grow! We knew something had to change, but we didn't know what it was. At this gathering we will share what had to change (and continues to change), how we have learned to hear God's voice and most importantly, to host His presence.
We offer the Pastors 2012 gathering at no cost to you. The Rock will provide all of the materials and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the gathering as our gift to you. Your only expense will be your travel and accommodations while you are with us.
We encourage you to bring your wife (wives are vital and we have special sessions on women and ministry) your children (there will be day and evening session for all the PK's) and join us. We do understand you are probably swamped, overworked, underpaid and all that goes with the job so please... just come and let us take care of the rest!
In His Love and Your Service,