Well, I’m here at the Shepherds’ Conference at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA and there’s definitely a buzz as I walk around the campus today. The Shepherds’ Conference is an annual gathering of pastors from all over the world who come to be encouraged and edified by preaching and seminars geared toward men in ministry. The keynote preachers this week include John MacArthur, Phil Johnson, Albert Mohler, Steve Lawson, Tom Pennington, Rick Holland, and Nathan Busenitz. This year there’s about 3,000 pastors on the campus of Grace Community Church, plus about 400 seminary students from The Master’s Seminary. In addition to that, there’s 700+ volunteers who are serving all the attendees here this weekend. That makes for a pretty packed house.
This morning we heard from Phil Johnson preach on 2 Timothy 4, a hard-hitting and sobering passage for any person in ministry. It was an amazing thing to even see Phil up there this morning since he received back surgery only a week ago, but he clearly wanted to be here with the rest of the men. It was definitely a powerful message on the imperatives or charges that Paul gives to Timothy as a minister of the gospel.
We have seminar sessions and preaching from Tom Pennington and John MacArthur tonight. All general sessions and most seminars are streaming online at http://www.shepherdsconference.org. I’ve included a couple photos from throughout the day so far for your enjoyment.
The seminarians sang a couple songs in the opening session.
A look at the first general session and all the men that made it out. This is only one-third of the entire room.
UPDATE: Sitting here in the last general session being serenaded by The Master’s Chorale before John MacArthur preaches. General sessions each night are open to the general public, so come out if you can!