Camp Barakel hosted our first-ever Pastors’ Conference September
12-14. The singing was outstanding, and the 70 men who gathered
were clearly challenged to think and preach Biblically.
A gentle man with clear eyes spoke prophetically from the front of the
West Side Chapel: “The church has lost eschatological urgency as
her life is framed in the normalcy of the present age and not
the kingdom to come.”What did he mean?
Well... have we lost the
sense of anticipation and urgency about the return of our King?
Have we started to measure our success by the culture around
us—by how large we are and how much political influence we have?
Do we remember that Christ calls us to faithfulness first—and
that our allegiance is to Him alone? In other words, do we as a
church believe that obedience and faithfulness to Christ is the
only standard for us?
I was personally grateful for the challenge that the conference
speakers brought, and I’m glad for the reminder that
faithfulness to the Bible and to our Lord is the only way to
measure our “success.” We are hoping that the Pastors’
Conference becomes an annual event, and that other men will be
encouraged as I was.