Broken Vessels, Thriving Pastors
January 15-17, 2018
Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va.
“Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart… but we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” - Paul, 2 Corinthians 4:1, 7
“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” - Jesus, John 12:24
In School for Leadership Training 2018, we want to take a hard, honest look at the experience of being a pastor. How do we talk about thriving, or succeeding, in ministry, while at the same time coming to grips with the profound ministry models of clay jars (perhaps cracked pots? crackpots? broken vessels?) and grains of wheat that fall into the earth and die? We as pastors and church leaders encounter brokenness on a weekly, if not daily, level. We live with brokenness in ourselves, in our families, in our congregations, in our neighborhoods, in our nation…and yet we take on the mandate to proclaim the incarnate God who entered, and is present, in the world that is at once broken, and God’s good creation.
We want SLT 2018 to be a place where participants will hear from each other, and encourage each other. We invite you to bring your stories of brokenness, and your stories of how you confronted brokenness. Bring your jars of clay and your dying grains of wheat. Together we thrive.