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Worthy Word Wednesday: Encouragement for Ministry Couples

on May 28, 2014

If you follow me, you may have noticed that I’ve taken another short break from blogging. A couple weeks ago, my husband graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. We left the kids with some (very unselfish!) friends for a few days and flew down. It was such a blessing to see him graduate and to celebrate both God’s grace and goodness as well as all Dave’s hard work. I even was bestowed a degree: P.H.T. (Putting Honey Through)! 😉 I think one day I will blog about what it is like to be married to a Ph.D. student–it sure makes life interesting, to say the least! It also costs a lot of money; if you or someone you know are considering pursuing a Ph.D., my husband wrote a blog post detailing out the costs (of a modified residency doctoral program) to help you better plan.

Three days after we came home from graduation, our church hosted its annual pastors’ conference, “Conference on the Church for God’s Glory.” This was my first time attending the conference and Dave’s first time heading up the conference. So this kept us busy for a while as well.

Shepherd_on_the_way_to_Hampta_PassThe theme for this year’s conference was “Shepherding the Shepherd.” Now that I am married to a pastor (shepherd), I can fully appreciate the need for pastors and their wives to be shepherded and encouraged. We spend so much of our time shepherding, encouraging, exhorting, and ministering to others that there is a much-needed time for the refreshment and encouragement of being ministered to and fellowshipping with other pastors and their wives.

Below is a list of the topics and speakers. You can listen to any of these sessions or read the pdf’s here. I highly encourage everyone in church ministry and their wives to listen and be encouraged. Even if you are not in ministry, you can listen and learn of how those in ministry struggle and how you can be an encouragement to them.

  • Shepherding the Shepherd (Mike Harding, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Troy, MI)
  • A Critique of Wayne Grudem’s Two Levels of New Testament Prophecy (Dr. Bruce Compton, Professor of Biblical Languages and Exposition, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, Allen Park, MI)
  • A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Spiritual Gift of Leadership (Dr. David Huffstutler, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rockford, IL)
  • Dealing with Conflict While Shepherding the Flock (TJ Klapperich, Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Wintergarden, FL)
  • The Successful Shepherd: What to Do When You’re Not One (Dr. Kevin Bauder, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MN)
  • Jesus Christ: the Shepherd of Shepherds (Steve Thomas, Senior Pastor, Huron Baptist Church, Flat Rock, MI)
  • The Shepherd and His Family (Alan Benson, Senior Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, Schaumburg, IL)
  • The Shepherd and Suffering (Dr. Scott Williquette, Teaching Missionary, Pastoral Enrichment Program, Rockford, IL and Troy, MI)

(If you’re curious, my husband somewhat sums up his dissertation in his conference session A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Spiritual Gift of Leadership.)

{On Wednesdays, I share from a book, blog, or other resource some “worthy words.” I love to read, but my time for reading has been much decreased since the birth of my first child. I am encouraged when I am able to read snippets of precious truth as I come across them. Hopefully these few words will encourage your heart, as well as give you a resource for fuller reading as your time allows.}


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