In the forty-three years of pastoring, I remember Sunday comes around mighty fast. I often said, “It’s Sunday evening and Sunday is a comin’” An important part of Jesus’ ministry was getting away for prayer and rest. For example: “That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:32–35 NIV)
Churches in Missions (CiM) desires to help you the pastor get away to pray, plan, listen to God, relax, renew, and rest. So, here is the offer: we invite you to come to our retreat house free of charge over a weekend. On the same weekend, a CiM missionary will address your church on the subject of caring for you, their pastor. Don’t worry, you can see the text of the teaching that will be delivered. Rest assured we will affirm your ministry. Our goal is to teach your people to, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls and will give an account for their work. Let them do this with joy and not with complaints, for this would be no advantage for you.” (Hebrews 13:17 NET) “Elders who provide effective leadership must be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard in speaking and teaching. For the scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and, “The worker deserves his pay.” (1 Timothy 5:17–18 NET)
Shortly after I came to pastor South Mountain Bible Church, which I did for 28 years, the treasurer whispered in my ear, “We are here to bless you.” His statement expressed the meaning of, “Remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35 NET) His words changed my life. No one had ever told me their goal was to bless me. Since the church leadership felt that way it led me to seek ways to bless everyone I met. We want to teach your church how to bless you too.
So the bottom line is, we invite you to a weekend of rest and renewal while we address your church on respecting, honoring and caring for their pastor and family.