Midwestern Seminary hosted the ninth annual For the Church National Conference in Kansas City on Sept. 11–12, welcoming more than 1,100 pastors and ministry leaders to campus.
Speakers Jason K. Allen, Jimmy Scroggins, Ben Mandrell, Afshin Ziafat, H.B. Charles, Jr. and Jared C. Wilson preached on the importance of ministry calling and sought to encourage attendees to faithfully pursue their ministry with joy.
“It was a great privilege and joy to host so many pastors and ministry leaders on our campus this week at our For the Church National Conference,” said President Jason Allen. “This year, we wanted our conference to be focused upon reminding pastors of just how glorious ministry is. Though it is, undoubtedly, full of challenges, ministers of the Gospel have been given a glorious calling, and our hope was that every minister who attended left refreshed and encouraged in the ministry that Christ has entrusted to them.”
Allen delivered the first message of the conference, preaching from Colossians 4:17. He focused on reminding pastors and ministry leaders that their calling and their ministry is more noble, more worthy, and more glorious than any other calling.
He said, “Your calling is God’s plan to redeem a people. Your ministry and your calling are crucial. If you are serving the Church, you are serving a good cause. Fulfill your ministry.”
Allen closed his message by reminding encouraging that they are in the ministry not because they signed up for it or applied for a position, but because God has called them to it and situated them for it.
Full videos of all FTC23 plenary sessions will be available soon via the resources page at mbts.edu and at FTC.co. Information regarding FTC24 will soon be available at mbts.edu/ftc.
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EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Brett Fredenberg and originally published by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.