One of the best ways to grow is by learning from people who have been where you are. This can come through different means. It could be meeting one on one, video or conference calls, reading, or attending conferences or seminars.
I am learning that you have have to be deliberate in order to get to the place you feel that God is leading. There are a few ways I am trying to become more deliberate in order to become a better Minster and Pastor. One way I am doing this is by incorporating a few conferences in my calendar each year for the purpose of growing. I was blessed back in the spring of this year to attend the Pastor’s Retreat put together by leaders within our denomination and came away having built new friendships and practical ways for me to become better at what God has called me to do.
I am looking forward to being a part of the Oasis Pastors Conference on September 16-17, 2013. It is going to be held at High Praises Church in Anderson, SC. The cost is very reasonable $35.00 for the registration (not counting room and meals). I am excited about learning something that may help me become a better Pastor as I serve the congregation of North Aiken Church of God.
I encourage you to take the time and make plans to attend. Honestly, if you are a new Pastor (within your first two years of ministry) do what ever you can to attend. Don’t isolate yourself, make a deliberate attempt to learn and grow. You and the people you are called to serve deserve it.