What an opportunity it is to sit in a room alongside a group of Godly men and women, as we seek to faithfully bring the gospel to people in our worlds. Earlier in September we had our second Generations Network Day for this year, where Generations Pastors and Leaders gathered to be spoken into, and to share some valuable stories around helpful content.
We started our day together with a worship service. These Pastors and leaders are often in serving and leading mode on Sundays and rarely have the opportunity to just ‘be’ in a service and be ministered to. A team from Crossway came to lead us in worship and Rev Dr Allan Demond brought the message. He shared vulnerably about the realities of Christian leadership and gave a strong word of encouragement for our Generations Network – to seek fresh revelation from God and to be open to receiving suggestions and guidance through unlikely sources.
The rest of the day was spent in workshops – learning about Leadership Development and managing transitions between ministries/lifestages; as well as a fantastic workshop on Ministering to children with Additional Needs led by Pastor Angie Lee from Crossway – and enjoying great food.
The buzz in the room during times of interactions was a reminder of the energy and encouragement gained from being amongst peers and others who understand the realities of ministry and church life.
Hear what some of our participants have to say:
“Being someone in Generations Ministries in a Regional Victoria, it is often rare for me to be in an environment with a group of people who are journeying in similar ministries contexts and roles. This is one of the reasons I have found the Generations Network Day a really valuable time to set aside and get along to. It has been really key for me to network with these guys and I’ve been very blessed with the wealth of knowledge that is in the room and have come away with great encouragement.”
– Aleisha Pryor, Generations Ministry Leader, Kerang Baptist Church
“This year I went along to my first Generations Network Day in September and appreciated the opportunity to focus on my development as a youth pastor. I enjoyed the sessions which were aimed specifically at common issues most pastors and leaders in the Generations area face. I felt encouraged in my role knowing there are many others who are experiencing similar issues to me. Most of all I loved getting the opportunity to meet and speak to other people who worked in similar roles outside of my church who I can hopefully continue to connect with in the future.”
– Way Lim, Youth Pastor, Syndal Baptist Church