Yesterday afternoon and evening, the four men from our ministry team joined the regional church leaders (pastors and elders) for an annual meeting. I really love that the first thing we did when we walked in the door was to pray. They had compiled some pre-sent responses from each Bible church, and we prayed for each church in small groups.
That’s great to remember that the first thing, and not just the last thing, we should do is commune with God and bring our needs to Him. If we’re too busy to pray, we shouldn’t be doing it. If we don’t need to pray, we shouldn’t be doing it. If we don’t want to pray, we definitely shouldn’t be doing it. We need to always pray and always be dependent on our Lord. When don’t we need Him? Never.
We also were given an excellent devotional on shepherding by one of the leaders. We planned out calendar dates for the various conferences and retreats for the rest of the year. And of course, there was some very sweet fellowship and conversation time with each other.
I’m so glad we could attend this year (we have had community center classes going by now in the past; we start those this week). Praise God for these faithful leaders. They persevere through spiritual warfare and many trials and yet there is great joy to be together for mutual encouragement and fellowship.