Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pastors and Spouses Retreat

This weekend (April 23-24) Kerry and I ministered at a retreat for pastoral couples in Dandridge, Tennessee. Our session dealt with "Prayer and the Pastoral Family."

Pastoral Covenant Group facilitator, Steve Gardner and his wife, Kelly, were the hosts. The group consisted of Pastoral Covenant Group (PCG) participants and their spouses. Other presenters included Steve Chelette and Pastor Jeremy and Alicia Guyselman.

I believe that this event was especially significant for the spouses of these pastors. Previously these pastors have enjoyed the renewal and development opportunities that their PCG provides. Now their wives have begun a similar journey, thanks to the grassroots initiative of this PCG. Kerry and I are looking forward to seeing what develops from this new endeavor.

A number of you covered us in prayer during this weekend of ministry. Thank you so much! Your prayers made a difference in very specific ways.

Blessings to all of you in Jesus!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Prayer Seminar at Royster Avenue Church of God

This morning's message at Royster Avenue Church of God (Shelby, NC) concluded this weekend's "Praying Church" seminar. Pastor Richard Shores, his family and his congregation are such tremendous people.

This church already has a good momentum in the ministry of prayer, yet seminar participants were so receptive and eager to build upon the foundation that they already have. Six months from now I'll be interested to hear what new developments will have come to fruition among them.

Prayer Partners, I thank you for praying for this event. God certainly met us. In the final teaching session on Saturday, the Lord powerfully spoke to us as prophetic gifts were manifested. The Sunday morning service was an awesome thing to behold. The adults prayed prayers of blessing over the children and teens, and then the children and teens turned around and prayed prayers of blessing and honor over the adults!

There is no doubt in my mind that the success of this weekend's ministry was directly related to your prayers. Thanks again, and may God richly bless you!

[Photo by Alycia Turpin]