Mid-America Reformed Seminary is pleased to announce that our annual Spring Conference will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in the chapel. We will welcome to campus Dr. Zack Eswine, who serves as pastor of Riverside Church in Saint Louis, Missouri. He also serves as Resident Scholar for the Francis Schaeffer Institute and Director of Homiletics at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Eswine will be presenting a series of lectures on The Imperfect Pastor: Vocational Ministry as a Human Being. The lectures will take place in 3 segments, beginning at 1:00 pm CST. Each lecture will last 40-45 minutes with a break in between each. At the conclusion of the lectures, a time of Q&A will follow. Dr. Eswine's lectures will be presented as follows:
Session 1: The work-rest-limits of vocational ministry (Ecclesiastes 10:5-15)
Vocational ministry pressures leaders to know everything, fix everything and be everywhere at once. But the wise tell us that our passionate work requires strategic rest. We have to pause in order to keep going. How do we balance it all?
Session 2: The local experience of vocational ministry (2 Corinthians 7:5-7)
What does a life in local ministry feel like? Cultural measures of success pressure us to seek large things, famously as fast as possible. Following Jesus invites us to seek small, mostly overlooked graces in a local place over a long period of time. How does this tension shape the experience of ministry?
Session 3: The most important practice of vocational ministry (I Corinthians 13:1-8)
Our gifts can be smaller or larger in measure. The ministry we serve can reach smaller or larger crowds and congregations. We are all pressured for Jesus, to leverage our platforms according to the consumer tastes of our followers. But what if leverage isn't the most important thing in ministry? What if we were never meant to consume one another? Without this ancient Christian practice, none of it will matter anyway.
These lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For those who wish to attend on campus, please register here. For those who are unable to come to campus, click here to register to live-stream the lectures via the internet.