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Some helpful materials for pastors

Pastor burnout and confusion goes back a long way. Paul had those who dropped out of the ministry. For example, “Demus in love with this present world, has deserted me”
(2 Timothy 4:10 ESV). Elijah confused and depressed hid in a cave. Jeremiah cursed the day he was born and accused God of deceiving him. Surveys of pastors show much dissatisfaction.

Now is a time to demonstrate our faith by digging deeper into Christ and finding our strength in Him alone. God is faithful! I’ve gone through a dry time of 4-5 years where I could not pray. As goes our prayer life so goes our lives. Renewal does not necessarily​ happen according to our agenda. We are God’s and he works in us when he chooses the way he chooses. I look back on those 5 years (was it only 5? I may be making myself look good) and remember the long distance in my relationship with God. Five years seems long but them Moses had 40 years on the back side of the desert!

This is why we offer to pastors and their wives the CiM guest house. Hopefully, a couple of days here will help you or another pastor renew and refresh and become close again to the source of strength—the Lord Jesus Christ. By the way, expastors.com is a website with lots of great articles. If you are struggling, there is help, you don’t have to face tough things alone. We are completely confidential and compassionate. Give us a call (717) 677-6568.

Activities while at CiM Guest House

Activities at the guest house
Out door fire in the evening
Screened-in porch to read in the summer
ATV to ride on the roads over the mountain
Walking
Lazy hammock
Out door swing
Badminton
Some lawn games

Activities are within ½ hour drive or less.
Piney Apple Golf course (18 holes) 8 min. Drive
Pine Grove Furnace State Park (15 min. 6.3 miles) Hiking (some on Appalachian Trail) 2 lakes with swimming in summer, ice fishing in winter, fishing, bike riding, canoeing and more.
Half Pint Creamery ice cream (17 min 11 miles)
Twirly Top Ice Cream (15 min. 8.3 miles)
Gettysburg Battle field and visitors center (27 min. 19 miles) great place to walk or ride bikes.
Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary—Museum of the battle from a religious compassion view point (24 min 13 miles)
President Eisenhower Farm (28 min. 16 miles)
Downtown Gettysburg shopping
Fly Fishing on the Yellow Breeches
Totem Pole Play House summer theater (25 min. 16 miles)
Hallabaugh Brothers Fruit and Farmers Market (8 min. 4.4 miles)
Sandoe’s Fruit Market (9 min. 4.9 miles)
The Outlets at Gettysburg (26 min. 17 miles)

Within 45 min drive
Army Heritage and Education Center (40 minutes 22 miles)

Pastor Couple refreshment

In the spirit of “Jesus himself frequently withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.”
(Luke 5:16 NET) Churches in Missions is pleased to offer its guest house nestled in a forest in South Central Pennsylvania. The guest house is open all year around.
Pastors and their wives can stay free of charge. There is no catch—no pressure to do anything. We sell nothing but offer the grace of our Lord Jesus. Dave and Janet Keener, who operate the guest house, pastored churches for 43 years. They understand the needs of fellow pastor couples.
We are offering two special occasions to share the guest house with several pastor couples. These dates are September 25-27 and October 9-11. Each time will begin with your arrival on​ the afternoon of Sept. 25 and Oct. 9. All meals are provided and your special dietary needs are followed. The visit ends on Sept 27 and Oct. 11 after 12-noon​ lunch.
What you can expect is a loose schedule. Each day there will be brief devotions. Over the period of two days, ​there are planned two one hour group discussions. Mostly you will have free time to rest, read, relax, enjoy Pine Grove State Park, The Army Heritage Center, historic downtown Carlisle, quaint Boiling Springs, fly fish on the Yellow Breaches, and/or Gettysburg Battle Field National Park.
The objectives of these Times of Refreshment are:
1. By association with other pastors, the pastor couple will find friendship, acceptance, and understanding.
2. Freedom from all responsibilities will bring renewal and strength to press on in ministry.
3. The opportunity, if wanted, to share without judgment.
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Short-Term Missions Trip

Now is the time to get started on a short-term missions trip for 2018. This is especially true if your trip involves airfare. Churches in Missions (CiM) has many opportunities to take teams to serve God’s people in other lands and in the United States. A CiM short term missions team went to Argentina. The people there greeted them with “We’ve been praying for many years for someone like you to come. You are an answer to our prayers.” This could be your church’s experience!
Here a few highlighted opportunities. There are openings in Jamaica to work in public schools with complete freedom to share the Gospel. There are 42 churches asking us to bring teams to help them in their ministries, along with many other opportunities. In Costa Rica, ​18 schools are requesting us to bring short-term missions trips to help them and to share the Gospel in their schools. We’ve been asked to bring teams of Christian policemen to train up to 10,000 policemen and to share the Gospel of Jesus with them.
In the US there are opportunities to work with the Navaho, those in the economically depressed coal regions, dependent children from inner city Philadelphia, and in spiritually cold New England. We are not speaking of simply work trips but of open doors to engage the people and proclaim the Gospel.
We have seen many trips produce a ​revival in those who participate in going on a short-term trip and in the people to whom they ministered. So, let me invite you to sign up for a short term missions trip with CiM.
We will take care of everything for your church. So what is the catch? CiM missionaries raise their support so we don’t charge you extra. We do, however, ask that you pay the cost for one of our missionaries to go with you. We want to make sure you have a great trip and our experienced staff will ensure that you do.
Interested? Give us a call at (717) 677-6568

Five Things needed to pastor a church successfully

by guest writer, Matthew Jury pastor of Grace Bible Chapel.

5 Things Necessary for Ministry

Someone recently asked me what five things are necessary for ministry. I thought long and hard because there are so many key character qualities necessary for successful ministry. Thinking on my own experiences and what I’ve observed in people who encourage and inspire me, I came up with the following:

Humility. People will say ridiculous things about you. They will try your patience. You will think many more times than you would dare to admit “I didn’t sign up for this.” You will want your own way, if only so that someone else doesn’t get theirs. God gives grace to the humble. Prayer: “Lord, help me to want what You want.”

Patient perseverance. Stick with it even though it may not seem like you are making a difference. You’re dealing with eternal fruit, not temporary fruit. Fruit doesn’t suddenly pop out. It takes an entire season (a year) for an apple tree to produce apples. Included in this is the vital importance of little things. Don’t neglect the little things, the things that you might think, “Oh, I can do that later.” Those little things are the true test of faithfulness. “Lord, help me to be faithful.”

Love. A congregation will overlook a lot of quirky things if they know you love them. Tell those you lead that you love them. Show them that you love them.

Joy. It is not a luxury that you would like to have. It is indispensable. It is also an evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in your life. No joy — no Holy Spirit! “Lord, help me to understand Your joy in my life daily.”

Faith. Trust God’s Word to do what only God’s Word can do, especially in preaching. In a world of instant results, it’s easy to say a few, well-crafted words to get people to walk an aisle or to raise a hand or whatever else we call them to do in response to a sermon. We need to trust that the long term application of God’s Word is indeed happening. “Lord, I trust You to do what only You can do.”

Introducing giving a Pastor a weekend of rest while Churches in Missions teaches on caring for your pastor

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.

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I broke out in uncontrolled weeping

I did not get to attend my church last Sunday because I was speaking at South Mountain Bible Church. Today Janet and I listened to our pastor’s sermon. I was so encouraged and touched by the vision and opportunity cast in the sermon that I broke out in uncontrolled weeping.*

When I was a pastor I would ask myself “what is the good news in this sermon?” Most often it was the standard invitation to come to Christ.

Yet, I’ve always been in pursuit of the Good News in the Gospel. I recently heard Pastor Steve Cornell talk on this subject in a similar quest. Shad Baker wonderfully answers this question. You can watch Shad’s sermon here. I guarantee it will be worth your time.

*I seldom weep, but my joy could not be held back.