In the most recent issue of Leadership, John Ortberg shares this important observation:
I once was part of a survey on spiritual formation. Thousands of people were asked when they grew most spiritually, and what contributed to their growth. The number one contributor to spiritual growth was not transformational teaching. It was not being in a small group. It was not reading deep books. It was not energetic worship experiences. It was not finding meaningful ways to serve. It was suffering. People said they grew more during seasons of loss, pain, and crisis than they did at any other time.
The same truth surely applies to pastors. We grow most in our leadership and maturity not through our successes but through our failures. So why are so many of our pastoral gatherings focused on celebrating successful ministries and triumphant pastors? Wouldn't we be better served by learning from those who have failed; wouldn't they be a better font of wisdom?
If you're like me, you may walk away from some ministry conferences feeling worse about yourself and your calling rather than better. I'll never be as gifted as the guy on the stage. I'll never have a church that size and making that kind of impact in my city. I'll never get my hair to do that no matter how much product I put in it. And the skinny jeans? Forgetaboutit. The cool train left my station 20 years ago.
Well, if you've felt that way someone has finally developed the conference for you: the Epic Fail Pastors Conference. (This is not a joke).
Check out some of the thinking behind the event:
-What if we offered a space that is gutsy, hopeful, courageously vulnerable for pastors to let go of the burden to be a Super Pastor?-What if we could hold an event that was free from the thrills ...