Since I moved back to Ohio in 2011, I have enjoyed attending the Basics Conference. It is a conference for pastors hosted by Parkside Church (Alistair Begg). The purpose of this conference is to challenge pastors to not forget the basics of pastoral ministry.
"Believing that our effectiveness under God relies in some measure on our ability to 'do the basics well, most of the time,' we will once again focus not on matters we have never known, but upon the things we must never forget. Church history testifies to the lasting benefit when pastors have come together to deepen their fellowship in the Gospel and to encourage one another in faithfulness to it."
There are many aspects of this conference that I have come to enjoy. The speakers are usually engaging. The hospitality is especially blessing. But the relationships are extremely special. I have many pastoral friends on staff at Parkside, as well as many that will attend this conference. That means that this will not just be a time of learning from the teaching. It will be a time of relational community, something I enjoy more and more these days. I think the more time I spend in pastoral ministry, the more I realize how important friendship are to my spiritual growth.
Because of that, I wanted to change how I blog during a conference. Each day, I will try to pick one main thing that I learned during the day that impacts me relationally. I will not detail each session like I have done in the past. I want to focus on just one thought and then expand on it's implications for my life. This thought might come from one of the speakers or it may come from time around meals as I spend time with other pastors. Either way, I hope to share what I am learning relationally through this conference.
If you think about it, would you pray for me and the other pastors and church leaders that will be attending this conference. If you are interested in following along with this conference, you can live stream it. All the times listed below are E.S.T. If you are a pastor, church leader, or simply love good Bible teaching, feel free to follow along with the conference online.
3:00 pm - Breakout Session: Praying Publicly (Kevin DeYoung)
4:15 pm - Main Session (Alistair Begg)
7:00 pm - Main Session (Thabiti Anyabwile)
9:15 am - Main Session (Kevin DeYoung)
11:00 am - Main Session (Thabiti Anyabwile)
1:15 pm - Breakout Session: Starting Over without Leaving: Recovering from a Bad Start in Pastoral Ministry (Thabiti Anyabwile)
2:30 pm - Breakout Session: The Dangers & Delights of a Long Term Ministry in One Place (Alistair Begg)
7:00 pm - Main Session (Kevin DeYoung)
9:30 am - Question & Answer (All Speakers)
11:00 am - Main Session (Alistair Begg)