Last weekend I attended FUEL, a conference for Wesleyan youth pastors in Indianapolis. I was deeply encouraged by several things... seeing old friends again, being stranded in the airport with the fellas from NC (pictured: trying to entertain ourselves), and being with Dustin & Miriam for third time in four weeks.
But I was most encouraged by the direction of the conference itself. Rather than focusing on more nuts and bolts of ministry strategy, this was focused on the often neglected soul of the pastor. The main sessions were about marriage and mercy, while the breakouts zeroed in on topics like addressing the inappropriate, accountability, family as our first call, protecting integrity and confronting sin in ministry. Says a lot about our leadership-- reveals their wisdom and heart for the pastors they serve. Props to Scott Simmons and Matt Rhodes from our Spiritual Formation Department for a great conference.