Thursday, October 12 was a very special day for me because, for the first time ever, PCF hosted a Small Town Summit. There was great joy for me in experiencing overlap between the church I pastor and the ministry I help to lead. Kind of like when two people you love meet each other for the first time.
70+ pastors, laypeople, and ministry leaders from around Massachusetts (and beyond) gathered in Pepperell to consider the gift of weakness in ministry. It was a rich and powerful day. There were tears and a lot of laughter. Pastors were moved and helped. New friendships were formed. Many people commented on how welcomed they felt by our PCF host team. The food prepared by the PCF crew was amazing, and the kindness and preparation and hospitality of our church was a massive gift to this group of pastors and ministry leaders.
Here’s just one little insight into why I felt so grateful to God: Jeff Willett gave a breakout session on church planting in which he encouraged and equipped the numerous folks who participated. Several years ago, PCF had never planted a church. Now our church planter is helping others to consider church planting! And he was leading his session in a beautiful, renewed facility that provided a perfect, welcoming place for the Summit. That’s all grace. God gave us a new building. He gave us a church planter and a church plant. He called Small Town Summits into being. And he brought them all together on October 12.
Thank you, Lord!