It was He (Christ) who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Some of the Christian Communicators Conference (CCC) grads are pausing in their ministries and careers to be renewed, refreshed, and reenergized at the CCCAdvance retreat the second weekend in November. A pause in action for fellowship, encouragement, and inspiration replenishes one’s power to serve others.
Even Jesus took time to pause in His ministry to get away from all of the action to be renewed. Matthew chapter 13 shows the short pauses in one day Jesus took before continuing His teachings. In the first hiatus, Jesus leaves the house to sit by the lake to pause in God’s presence. Nevertheless, large crowds gathered when they found Him. Being refreshed, Jesus took action in teaching parables to the crowd from a boat on the lake. The stories were of common things like sowers, weeds, mustard seeds and yeast that painted memorable morals for pondering. (Matt. 13:1-35)
Next, Jesus retreated back to the house for a respite before His disciple came and asked Him to explain the parable of the weeds in the field. (Matt. 13:36-43) There must have been power in that pause because Jesus unpacked the weed parable and shared with them the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl parables too! (Matt. 13:47-52) For me, Jesus showed pauses produced power for additional ministering.
So with the upcoming CCCAdvance retreat, Vonda and I are excited about fellowshipping with the attending CCC- grads. It’s a joy to see classmates reconnect and new bonds built with other CCC-sisters from other classes. There is a unity in Christ that is an unbreakable connection for those called into a Christian speaking ministry.
With busy schedules, Vonda and I are ready for a pause in action within this productive retreat. We also pause like Christ in full days in order to be prepared for service when God calls.