Some local churches excel in evangelism; others in teaching; still others in crisis care. However, an often overlooked aspect of church life is learning how to help others overcome the sins and burdens that prevent spiritual progress. Addictions, sexual dysfunction, family conflict, anger, compulsions, phobias, pornography, depression, and other issues pose significant challenges. While there are some issues volunteer leaders may not be equipped to address, the local church can address far more than it typically does. We often undersell our potential for genuinely bearing one another’s burdens.
For many years, Pastor Dave Bovenmeyer of Stonebrook Church in Ames, Iowa, has been leaning into the Scriptures to learn how the local church and its leaders can be agents of healing. Dave will help us understand underlying principles behind effective care. Other points of discussion will include helping others work through conflict, setting personal boundaries when you are caring, and what to do when sexual sin is discovered in a marriage.
This is a retreat you will not want to miss. Some of most memorable talks at past National Pastor’s Conferences have been from Dave. He possesses remarkable transparency. His walk with God is evident as is his love for the “least of these.” Make plans today to join us for this year’s Leadership Retreat.
Note: Breakfast will be served from 8:30am-9am, and a lunch will follow at 12:30pm.