Friday, June 20, 2008

Yesterday I spent the day at the Cliff's Valley clubhouse as part of a Pastor's mentoring network I'm a part of led by Dr. Ken Hemphill. Our guest Pastor for the morning was Dr. Don Wilton of First Baptist Church Spartanburg. Don is from South Africa and he has one of those accents that keeps your attention even if he read the back of a cereal box. Fortunately, he gave us something more substantive. Right before lunch Jim Anthony, CEO and founder of the Cliff's, dropped by to say hello and welcome us. Jim is a Christ follower who really wants to help Pastors. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for making this opportunity available to us.
Here are some key thoughts I gathered from Dr. Wilton:
*Preaching is the power of God through an individual personality.
*Your conversion, your call, and your commitment to Christ means when you preach you fear no man but God.
*There is nothing more important than the preaching ministry in your church- a weak pulpit is a weak church.