One of a pastor’s challenges is the unrealistic expectations of many in the congregation. This short film is a spoof on the stereotypes of the traditional image of clergy 24/7/ 🙂
We just had a wonderful morning of quick fellowship with one of our trainees of many years ago. I think I have told you about him in the past. Drs, J. E. and his wife_____.
______’s [Her] life was changed dramatically by the Exchanged Life when we trained her and her team who are ministering to the homeless. After J______ saw the dramatic change in his wife, he wanted to know more. He invited us to train him and a cell group. During the training J______ had an encounter with the Holy Spirit and the old J_____ “died” (Luke 9:23).
Then he invited us to do the training with his elders. Now his whole church is based on the Exchanged Life (Gal. 2:20). He says that his whole ministry has changed and he now has a vision. The Exchanged Life is not just another course which can be ticked off as done.
He can now measure spiritual growth. He now knows what discipleship is. He now knows where other ministries fit in–after the Cross (Rom. 6:6-14) is applied. He has trained people in his church to carry the message of the Cross. His church is an example of how the Cross is the cornerstone and the message of a church. And his church is growing. It is not that he is interested in numbers, he wants people to know the Cross and as he says: “the Cross applied.”
He also started an English church, _____________ for the thousands of foreigners living in the Bellville area. This church is also growing…
Thank you again for sending [training materials] to us. It is of great value to all our trainees. When we go to Fish Hoek we will give it to Gordon to copy as well and also to our brother George.
Before we leave Cape Town we will invite all our co-workers from Cape Town and Surroundings and we will have a time of fellowship and thanking God. We will ask all the participants to give a short testimony of how God is using them. The aim is also to strengthen the network of all the ones who “died in Christ”. Wish you could all be here, We will let you know when it happens and we will make a video for you to see all your “offspring”.
We also had such good news from a young man Hendrik ministered to in Pretoria. He was in a big black hole and Hendrik kept on encouraging him and bringing him the Cross. Last night we heard that he has a steady job now and is a changed person. He wrote a poem to the Lord with Whom he is now totally in love with. As Amanda taught us: I AM IN LOVE WITH YOU. When we move to Pretoria we will be close to him and be able to disciple him.
We praise God to be part of this glorious ministry. Many blessings and favour to you all.
–Hendrik and Nehlsie
The purpose of Shepherds’ Haven of Rest Ministries is to provide a ministry of spiritual help and encouragement to pastors and wives (including staff members and wives) that serves to rekindle the fires of their passion for God and ministry as well as their love for each other.
To renew their spiritual lives, their walk with the Lord, their marriage, and their ministry through worship, relaxation, solitude, counseling, and encouragement.
To refresh their bodies, minds, and spirits.
To refocus their sense of God’s calling and purpose for their lives.
To restore their passion for God, for their marriage, and for ministry.
The long-term goal of the ministry is to help curb the dropout rate of pastors and to see men serve the Lord in power and joy.”
Recently they started providing a copy of Handbook to Happiness to each of the couple attending the retreats. Pray that these getaways will be refreshing physically, relationally, and spiritually.