GA PAUMCS Conference in
August 23-26, 2018
REST…Renew, Educate, Simplify, Together
REST?? Who has time for rest?! I’ve got bulletins to do, reports to finish, phones to answer…I don’t have time to rest!! How many of you have thought or said this same thing? But rest is important and we need to make the time. My boss, The Rev. Dr. Matt Stewart, encourages all his staff to make time for continuing education and he ensures the SPR puts funds in the budget. He knows the importance of time away to rest, renew, and restore. And if that means a week at Nationals or a weekend at a Georgia conference…I am there, with his blessing!
Jesus also stressed the importance of rest to His apostles… (borrowed from Rev. Susan Landry, 2017 GA PAUMCS Conference speaker)
The apostles returned to Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught. Many people were coming and going, so there was no time to eat. He said to the apostles, “Come by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while.” They departed in a boat by themselves for a deserted place. – Mark 6:30-32 Common English Bible (CEB)
So, how will this Conference help me to REST…Renew, Educate, Simplify, Together?
First, we will RENEW by beginning the weekend in God’s Word through Worship…singing, reading, and communion. Spending time in community worship refreshes our hearts, minds, souls, and allows us to refocus on what is important.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.”
Matthew 18:20 Common English Bible (CEB)
Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.
Romans 12:2 Common English Bible (CEB)
Second, we will participate in workshops to EDUCATE us in our ministry areas that may not always be “cut and dry”…church tax exemption, end of the year reporting, ethics in the workplace, human resources, technology and social media.
Third, we will SIMPLIFY by learning how to “bring order to our chaos” or just prioritize our lives a little better with Kim Pittman with ORGANIZE 4U.
Fourth, we will be TOGETHER IN MISSION, helping those who don’t have the basics needed daily.
Like shepherds, tend the flock of God among you. Watch over it. Don’t shepherd because you must, but do it voluntarily for God. Don’t shepherd greedily, but do it eagerly. Don’t shepherd by ruling over those entrusted to your care, but become examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, you will receive an unfading crown of glory. – 1Peter 5:2-4 Common English Bible (CEB)
It is important we take time for us. And what better way than to gather with our sisters and brothers in Christ at a weekend away to REST…for yourself, your family, your church, your ministry and most importantly for Jesus Christ. He loves us and wants us to be the best ‘us’ we can be…and that requires REST!
So when you get the brochure about the upcoming PAUMCS Conference, say YES to REST! You’ll return home with a little more knowledge, a little more space (courtesy of organizing!), and I know you will be blest beyond measure by the fellowship!