Gene and I are both traveling to Orlando, FL this week to attend a couple different events. Here’s a quick overview of what we’re doing so you know how to pray for us.
On Monday afternoon, Gene will attend the annual Sovereign Grace Ministries Council of Elders (CoE) meeting. The CoE is basically the national governing board for SGM and is comprised of some 60 pastors. This group appoints men to the national committees (Executive, Polity, Theology, and Court of Appeal), approves the annual SGM budget, and revises our Book of Church Order among other important responsibilities. Gene needs wisdom to know what motions to make, if any, and how to vote on the motions other elders bring forward. He’s also not a big fan of long meetings. So pray for a serious gift of patience.
I’ll join Gene Tuesday afternoon at the start of the annual SGM Pastors Conference. The conference is entitled, “Hope Abounding” and is designed to equip local pastors like us for the work of ministry. In many ways, our mealtime conversations are just as encouraging as the main session sermons. There’s nothing quite like sitting across the breakfast table from a good friend pastoring a church on the other side of the country only to realize that God’s activity in his church is uncannily similar to God’s work at Kingsway. Those conversations make me realize that we’re part of a mission much bigger than Midlothian, VA. Pray that Gene and I would learn from our peers and find ways to encourage those who are weary.
On Friday morning, Gene and I will gather with all the ordained elders in the mid-Atlantic region for our biannual Regional Assembly of Elders (RAE). This group is responsible for appointing men to the regional committees, approving ordinations, and coordinating regional missions opportunities. At our last RAE in the spring, Gene was elected to the church planting committee and I was elected to the ordination committee. Neither one of us has done a lot of regional work to date, though part of this week’s RAE will include time for us to talk with our respective committees about projects for next year. Pray for strong relationships and wise decisions, especially when it comes to approving ordinations and coordinating church plants.
Gene will preach next Sunday at Grace Church in Orlando, providing a much-needed week off for their only staff pastor, Wayne Brooks. I’m flying back to Richmond Friday night to prepare a sermon on Isaiah 61-62.
One last request. Please pray for my wife, Aliza. I’m heading out of town again on Nov. 11-14 for a personal retreat, which means she will spend a good bit of November caring for two rambunctious boys without daddy’s help. Ask God to give her (as the old hymn says) “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”
Thank you, my friends!