Why?

By Pat Harrison President & Founder

As a parent, I was so excited when my children learned to say “momma” and “dadda.” Buddy and I had enjoyed their learning experiences. But we weren’t nearly as excited when they started asking “why?” We didn’t mind so much the questions like, “Why is the sky blue?” or “Why does the sun shine?” But as they got older, there were other questions that were a little more difficult and not so much fun to answer: “Why can’t I go to my friend’s house?” or “Why do I have to make my bed and do the dishes?” if you’ve ever been a parent, you remember those days.

You may be wondering, “Why should I go to Family Church Conference? Why should I encourage my staff and congregation to go? After all, it’s been a tough year in many ways.”

Years ago, God spoke to Buddy and me to have a conference. Then in 1981, He told us that we were to pastor pastors and ministers.

When God speaks, He always speaks for a purpose. He doesn’t talk to hear Himself talk, and I don’t host a conference just so that I can say, “I’m having a conference.”

Family Church Conference is a special, meaningful time. It is part of God’s purpose for our Faith Christian Fellowship International Family.

At the end of February, the staff and I sat down and reminisced about past conferences and the reasons we enjoy hosting Family Church Conference. There are six, short videos online for you to view by clicking here.

I would love to hear how the Lord has blessed you when you’ve come to conference.

I look forward to seeing you June 25-28 here in Tulsa at the Southern Hills Marriott Hotel.

God bless you.

Why Should I Be Coached?

//Greg Salciccioli, Founder of Coachwell
 
The number one challenge that all ministry leaders face is “getting it all done and keeping it all together.” Ministry leaders wear many hats—preach, lead teams, provide pastoral care, raise money, plan, relate to deacons, and deal with crises. By many people’s definition, ministry is one of the most demanding jobs on the planet.
 
Tasked with “trying to get it all done,” ministry leaders often struggle to keep their lives together. They struggle with maintaining health and intimacy in their marriages and connecting with their children. They are overworked and undernourished.

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We’ve Been Singing It for 150 Years

Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
The Bible tells me so.

We’ve been singing that song for 150 years now. It’s probably one of the first songs a young child reared in a Christian environment learns. When Buddy and I were pastors, it’s the first song that we had our nursery workers sing to the babies. We wanted those little babies to hear and experience the love of Jesus.

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The Holy Spirit—Our Forever Friend

By Pat Harrison, President & Founder

I love the Holy Spirit. And the reason I love the Holy Spirit is because He is everything to me that Jesus said He would be. And if He is not everything to you that Jesus said He would be, it is because you are not allowing Him to be.

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—is somewhat of a mystery to many people. Because He has been referred to as the Holy Ghost, a dimension of the unknown and the unreal. Sometimes a “spookiness” has surrounded His person.

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The Blessings of Relationship

One of the most difficult things that ministers face is the feeling of isolation produced by a limited number of relationships because of their positions in the Body of Christ. Ministers, particularly pastors, can’t always share what they are going through with lay persons. And I know there have been times when ministers have been hurt by other ministers who violated confidentiality.

Of course, we are never alone because the Lord is always with us. The Holy Spirit never leaves us. He is our comfort, guide, and teacher at all times. We never have to fear sharing anything with the Lord.

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