"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.