Catalyst was wonderful, but it sure is good to be home. There was no sweeter moment than getting to see my wife and girls after our trip. I am so glad I had the opportunity to go to catalyst. It was wonderful to sit and learn from the big names in the Christian world, but it’s good to be home.
The conference for the pastor is his youth camp. It is a time to get away from the stress and struggle of the daily grind. It is an opportunity to hear dynamic preaching and teaching. At a conference you always get to listen to the “who’s who” of christian leaders and if you’re not careful you gain a false euphoria believing that all you are missing is one program or idea taught in the conference.
I remember when I went to my first pastoral conference. I saw all that the mega churches did and then went home to my normal church. It left me with a “what’s wrong with me and my church” kind of feeling. I learned that the conference can be just as discouraging as it can be encouraging. What I have learned over my MANY (I’ve always wanted to say that) years of wisdom is that God has not called me to serve in the speaker’s church, He has called me to serve in mine. It’s good to be home.
Coming home from this conference I am glad for what God has given me. I am glad for a music minister who leads worship in such a way that every person both young and old can worship. I am glad for a church body that gets excited to study God’s word every week. I am glad for youth and children’s workers who love kids every week. I am glad for the warm and welcoming body who gladly states that its not about them. It’s good to be home.
I can’t wait to meet with God’s church tomorrow. I can’t wait to study and sing in the way only Memorial Baptist can. It’s good to be home!