This past week I got to travel with a few of the staff at Woodlawn to Charlotte, NC. On our journey there we got to visit the Billy Graham Library, which was very moving; getting to see the life of one man impact millions of others, it was a bit overwhelming.
His life touched so many others–Presidents, Politicians, Celebrities, the lost, the poor, and the hurting. It got me thinking while I was there, “Could we see another Billy Graham in our lifetime?”
I know in asking that question we are also in a different time in American History than we were then. Things have progressed a little, but secularism and the rise of the “None’s” (Those who have no religious affiliation) have shown that it really is a different time than in his days of proclaiming the gospel.
When we drove from Charlotte to Greensboro for the D6 Conference, I knew to expect to gather a ton of resources and information regarding Family Ministry, Worship, or Discipleship.
One thing I took from the conference is that we have a lot of work to do. Part of me already knew that, but it became even more apparent with the number of statistics and things that pointed toward the decline of the family.
We need to get to work in family discipleship. Teaching fathers and mothers to raise their children and not depend solely on the pastoral staff at the church to take the role of the parent. Rather our role is come alongside the parent and to “equip the saints [these parents] for the work of ministry, for the building of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12).
Parents and the generation they are raising are our mission field. This conference gave me a renewed passion to see the church look more like the home and the home look more like the church. I highly recommend for pastors and their staff to attend. The conference had many wonderful breakout sessions and provided a plethora of resources for reaching people of all ages.
At the end of the week on our last day, we toured downtown Charlotte and came across a graveyard. This graveyard had graves from 1776! I didn’t know one person who was buried there. No name sounded familiar. But each one had a name. A story. A purpose in life.
We each have a purpose in life. We get one shot at it, then eternity. How are you pouring your life out? For temporal or eternal things.
C.S. Lewis once said, “All that is not eternal is eternally useless.” Let’s make sure we invest ourselves into the only two things that matter: The Word of God and the souls of men. I hope if you’ve never heard of this conference you’ll consider attending in Orlando, FL next year.