"Preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching,
but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suite their own passions
and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.”
2 Timothy 4:1-5 (ESV).
To faithfully preach the Word and pastor the people of God will come with challenges, discouragements as well as blessings. There is no greater privilege than shepherding the flock of God and yet there is nothing more demanding than caring for the souls of people who are in desperate need of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Richard Baxter said, “I am contented to consume my body, to sacrifice to God’s service, and to spend all that I have, and to be spent myself, for the souls of men.”
In seeking to fulfil the gospel ministry, one will inevitably at times feel spiritually spent in carrying out this great responsibility. It is for this reason that we believe that the Grace Ministers Conferences are essential in providing the spiritual refreshment and encouragement pastors and their wives need in church ministry.
Previously we held annual three-day retreats where pastoral couples could benefit by sitting under sound biblical teaching as well as enjoy fellowship with others in full time ministry.
Moving forward, this ministry will now have two legs which will include both a day conference as well as a pastoral retreat.
1. Day Conferences
Generally this conference will be held once a year over two consecutive days. This will normally be hosted at a church venue. Currently we are focusing on the Gauteng area, but this may change as need arises.
During such a conference the programme will consist of excellent preaching and teaching from the Word of God by well-known and carefully chosen reformed minsters of the Gospel.
The purpose of these conferences will be to reinforce spiritual truths that made the church of Jesus Christ healthy in the past, and at the same time, to present refreshing perspectives on God's Word that are relevant and meaningful for ministry in the 21st century.
Apart from the teaching, there is also stimulated thinking and heart-warming fellowship.
Click here to read what some of our past attendees had to say after attending a Grace Ministers' conference.
2. Pastoral Couple Retreats
Once or twice a year a day/night retreat for pastoral couples will be held. This will provide opportunity for rest, fellowship, sharing around God’s Word and prayer. The sessions will deal with pastoral issues that affect both the pastor and his wife and will be conducted in a more informal manner. These retreats will also provide the opportunity for the pastor and his wife to enjoy the peaceful tranquillity of a suitable lodge or hotel.
Who can attend?
This conference is designed for men who are ministers of the Gospel and Theological students who are preparing for ministry, as well as elders of churches. Such brothers are welcome to bring their wives along so that they, as a couple, can have the privilege to be both spiritually fed and uplifted. Husbands and wives will also have the opportunity to interact and have fellowship with others who are in the ministry.
What is coming up next?
The conference that was planned for 11 and 12 January 2022 had to be postponed due to the Covid 4th wave and international travel ban. More info will follow later, D.V.
Want to stay informed?
If you wish to receive news on either the conference, the retreat or both, please follow this link.
Request to Elders and Deacons
We would like to urge you to budget for and sponsor your pastor and his wife for these annual events. They minister to you on a regular basis throughout the year. Please also give them the opportunity to be ministered to.
Commercial companies spend huge amounts of money to train their staff and keep them up to standard in their work. Let us as congregations and Theological institutions do something similar, even on a much smaller scale, so that those who minister to and with us can be more effective in their work, for the glory of God.
Other info (read more).
Sponsors: The Grace Support Fund
There are pastoral and missionary couples who have a need and desire to attend the conference or retreat, but cannot afford it. If you, your church or your company wishes to support such a couple, please inform us as soon as possible via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorships will be carefully allocated.