Monday, December 01, 2008
Iron Sharpening Iron
Several years ago, it was brought to my attention that hundreds of small churches were closing their doors here in California, so I gathered a group of pastors from larger churches to put our heads together and think about what we could do to help the smaller churches. From this brain- storming meeting, we came up with the "Iron Sharpening Iron" gathering. We invited pastors from Bakersfield to San Diego, and usually, our annual meeting takes place in October.
I took some photos from just a few weeks ago. We spend the day providing round table discussions concerning modern issues that these pastors face, and then we serve them a delicious luncheon. We bring in an outside speaker (this year, it was Bob Russell) and then we give them a sack full of books, sermons, and illustrations. AND IT'S ALL FREE. THERE IS NO COST!!!
It truly is a day to JUST BLESS and ENCOURAGE the great men and women who lead our smaller churches. I praise God for those who serve faithfully, even though they often go unnoticed or unrecognized. I am also thankful that the Lord has so blessed this gathering of pastors.
Please pray that God would bless each of these men and women MIGHTILY!!!