Dear ECA members, candidates and friends:
In Galatians 6:9, the Apostle Paul exhorts, “And let us not be weary in well- doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” For those called to ministry and with every intention of being led by the Holy Spirit, as the privileges are many, so are the pressures. In our technologically driven society, the advent of cell phones alone made the servant of the Lord virtually accessible 24 hours a day. Amidst the plethora of even just standard pastoral duties, to avoid burnout so prevalent today, how does the minister manage the associated demands and set boundaries to assure personal time for prayer, the Word, family and rest? What should those boundaries be? How can these boundaries be effectively communicated to those being served? To find answers to these questions and more, I encourage you to attend one of our 2020 gatherings, all with the theme, “Navigating Amidst the Privileges and Pressures of Ministry.” At these venues, among various activities, attendees will hear uplifting and engaging messages. A time of worship, holy service of ordination and licensure, as well as a reception with new members and old friends, will also be part of the occasion. I do look forward to your fellowship this year should you be able to join the ECA family for one of these events.