Something that has been on my heart for a while now is how we can better work together to encourage and recruit people into full-time gospel ministry. Club 5 played a major role in helping me think through full-time ministry. The conference/network provided a number of things.
1. Each year at the Club 5 conference I had to prepare a talk and have it critiqued, as well as getting taught by John Chapman and John Woodhouse how to preach.
2. Each year at the Club 5 conference I was interviewed by a coach and this helped me think through things.
3. Club 5 provided an opportunity to mix and talk with other people who were wrestling with similar issues that I was.
4. Each year at the Club 5 conference there were talks specifically aimed at people thinking about full-time ministry, I especially remember the talks from Timothy and the call to suffer for the gospel.
At the present time in Dubbo I have some guys who are at that stage where I want to be challenging them about full-time ministry, but Club 5 does not exist any more. Spur only runs for a day and it’s hardly worth the trip from Dubbo. I’d love them to rub shoulders with some others. I think within the Pressy network there are many others in a similar situation.
So I have 2 ideas.
One idea is to take them along to the Anglican “Mission minded” conference which seems to be Philip Jensen’s spin on Club 5 for the Anglicans. So basically we could gate-crash the Anglican conference and if they do anything particularly Anglican we could split into our own little group and run things.
Would anyone else be interested in doing this – either this year or 2012?
MMNLetterOfInvitation is the invitation letter.
Number 2 idea is to start our own recruitment conference on the long weekend, maybe in 2012 or 2013. I think it would need to have all the elements that the old Club 5 conference had. Someone to do some tough Bible talks aimed at people thinking about ministry, (Luke Tattersall, Craig Tucker, etc) we would get the people who come to prepare a talk and have it critiqued by ministers who come along, and also get someone to do some seminars on how to preach from the Old Testament, NT etc (Bryson Smith, Phil Campbell etc). Also we would assign each person coming along to a coach for the weekend who will take them through some questions and encourage them to try ministry in the church they are in at the moment, plus some panel sessions where we interview people about ministry options and pastoral ministry and so on, Paul Sheely, Dave Thurston, etc, Plus we could interview people about ministry in Western New South Wales, ministry on the north coast, ministry in Sydney, MTS/metro options, getting thru college, platform costs, training options and so on.
I am very keen to hear peoples responses and gut reaction to this.