Friday, October 16, 2009

Fall 2009


Fall is a wonderful time here with the Turpin Tribe in East Tennessee.

It is at this point that I typically come to the end of my busy travel season, and the teaching part of my ministry at the seminary picks up speed.

This is also a time for planning our adventures for the coming year. Several local church "Prayer Ministry" seminars are in the works, and I really hope to complete two books related to prayer and the Spirit-enabled life in 2010.

Aside from all of that, I appreciate all of the normal stuff just like anyone else: autumn leaves in these East Tennessee mountains, brisk morning air (yet to come), and more time with the family.

Life is good.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Summer 2009 Training Schedule

The summer training schedule for the 2009-2010 Pastoral Covenant Group project has begun. I will be serving as a trainer at the following training events:

June 15-17, 2009
Southeast Facilitator Training Retreat

July 13-15, 2009
Mid-USA Facilitator Training Retreat

July 27-29, 2009
Florida Facilitator Training Retreat

August 11-13, 2009
Mid-West Facilitator Training Retreat

August 19-21, 2009
West Virginia Facilitator Training Retreat

August 24-26, 2009
Southwest Hispanic Facilitator Training Retreat

Your commitment to cover this ministry in prayer is greatly appreciated.




Monday, March 30, 2009

Good Reading: Andrew Murray's With Christ in the School of Prayer


It's an old classic, but when it comes to the subject of prayer, this book remains relevant for our generation. I'm talking about Andrew Murray's With Christ in the School of Prayer.

Every student in my Developing Congregational Prayer Ministries course is required to read this text, and I highly recommend it to all. The chapters are short, making it very readable during personal devotional time.

This text can by purchased on our bookstore page, and because it is in the public domain, it is also available as a free pdf download through Google books.

If this book has made an impact on your life, please post your own reflections using the "Comments" link below.

Monday, March 02, 2009

March Consultation and Seminar Schedule

Two major events have been scheduled for March 2009:
  1. State Coordinators Consultation. State Coordinators for the Pastoral Covenant Group initiative have been invited to join us March 4-6 in Atlanta, Georgia for a project consultation.

  2. Prayer Ministries Seminar (Phase 2). I will be conducting a Prayer Ministries Seminar on March 21-22 at the Davis Creek Church of God in Charleston, West Virginia. Here is an added blessing: Unlike most of my training trips, Kerry and three of our children will be joining me for this one!
I would appreciate the prayers of our ministry partners for both of these events.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

February Consultations

In the remaining days of February, I will be involved with the rest of our team in conducting consultations with Pastoral Covenant Group faciliators from West Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, North Georgia and Alabama.

Our work will involve providing further training in facilitation skills, assessment of the project process, and personal affirmation for all project leaders in the field.

My consultation schedule:

West Virginia Consultation
Thursday, February 12th

Florida Consultation
Tuesday, February 17th

Southeastern Consultation
Thursday, February 19th

We cherish your prayers as we continue to minister with and to over 900 pastors in twenty states and regions. To God be the glory.

Monday, February 09, 2009

It's All About Jesus

Our ministry is first and foremost ministry unto the Lord.

"Minister to Jesus? How can I minister to Jesus?" you may respond. "He is in need of nothing from me."

True. He is the all-sufficient One. True. He needs nothing. But it is also true that He desires everything from me. From you. From us all.

It's all about Jesus.