A new online resource
by David Jackman
Equipped to Preach the Word is a training course designed to develop faithful and effective preachers of the Bible. Click here for more.
I know it's still August, but we're back. In the UK we've had a bank holiday (public holiday) so today is the first working day of the autumn/winter (gulp!) stretch. Hard to write when the sun is shining and Miss R is still to go back to school. But for the most part, it's business as usual. Praying. Reading. Studying. Preaching. Pastoring. Don't you ever get bored of it, someone once asked me? Simple answer: no. I get tired sometimes, but not of the task. I am often wearied by the hard-hearted response that ministering seems to bring. But my heart is always livened by three ministry truths, old friends really. 1. Jesus has saved me by grace. My ministry work is not going to make a jot of difference to my salvation. Of course, I have to work hard, and I have to work out my salvation - and that will sometimes be wearisome for all kinds of reasons. But I am not - thank God - working for my salvation. 2. It is Jesus' church and not mine. Caught up in the business of ministry, it's easy to forget that I'm nothing more than an under-shepherd serving the great Shepherd of the sheep. It's his church. I am - at best - a caretaker. When people reject the word they are rejecting him. When people flourish under ministry they are flourishing under Christ. Not me. 3. Jesus sustains all things by his powerful hand. I serve and love an absolutely sovereign God. Nothing I experience or manage to achieve is outside of his loving control. That does not make everything easy, but ultimately it makes everything right. Three old friends; three old truths that always sustain me in ministry, whatever the season.
My brother used to work in an electronics factory that had a summer shutdown. Everyone took two weeks off at the same time. That was the way it worked. Frankly, it’s not dissimilar to PT Towers. Things quieten down considerably over the summer as we recover from Cornhill and conferences. We all need a break. In order to keep the blog fresh, that means a summer shutdown, starting today. There’s lots to go back over, lots to catch up with (particularly on the resources tab), and lots of other people to read. So go on, take a break. We are. See you in the autumn.
Weekend wives conference 2016
Friday 7th October 2016 –
Sunday 9th October 2016
A conference for minister's wives who would otherwise struggle to make a week-time conference. We plan to have particular application for those working outside the home, whether full or part-time, as well as for those working hard within the home. More details of speakers and topics will be added in the coming months.
If you would like to transfer your booking from another conference to attend this event instead, please contact email@example.com and we can arrange this and any necessary refund for you (there will be no charge to do this).
The conference will begin at 5pm on Friday and conclude with lunch at 12.30pm on Sunday.
Marriage and Ministry Leicestershire Oct 2016
Monday 24th October 2016 –
Tuesday 25th October 2016
A 24 hour stopover for up to 14 couples. Based at Hothorpe Hall, Leicestershire. Marriage can be tough. Ministry can be tough. Together, they can be an explosive combination. What should be a joyful partnership sometimes turns out to be the very thing on which both ministry and marriage founder. We cannot let it.
The conference will begin at 11am on Monday and conclude with lunch at 12.45pm on Tuesday.
Started in 1991, PT Cornhill exists primarily to train preachers, as well as equipping men and women to teach the Bible in other contexts, such as youth/children's work and women's ministry. Click here for more details
We're gradually adding material from our archive. EMA 1993 featured Dick Lucas, Phillip Jensen, Don Carson, David Petersen and John Lennox for a mix of inspiring teaching, challenging exhortation and encouraging reports of gospel work. (Click the title, left, for the talks)