"To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us." Tim Keller, The Meaning of Marriage.
Last weekend, around two hundred elders and wives from across the Commission group of churches met for worship, prayer and teaching, as well as time to just enjoy being together. Back again at the beautiful Grand Hotel in Bristol, it was a great way to get focused for the coming year and encourage one another on in the areas of church life and leadership.
John and Marian Groves spoke excellently on running the race, the various difficulties that can entangle leaders and the importance of having our security in Christ. By sharing their own story and the different stages they have been through as leaders, they were able to illustrate these points with refreshing honesty.
Guy Miller spoke about the history of Commission and Newfrontiers, not only looking back but sharing his vision for what lies ahead, and there was an opportunity for some great times of ministry and encounter. It was a great weekend of challenge and encouragement and feedback from the weekend has been incredibly positive.
Let's continue to pray and thank God for our leaders, joining with them as we head into 2016.