Iron on Iron: Student Ministry

2017 – COMMAND AND TEACH

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In the first letter of Paul to Timothy he says,

“Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Tim 4:11-16)

August 18-19, 2017 we are hosting our annual Iron on Iron student ministry conference. This is a time for those who work in student ministry to come together to be challenged and encouraged from God’s Word and each other. This year we will be continuing to unpack 1 Timothy 4:11-16 and our focus is going to be on the teaching of God’s word. Look at the priority that God places on teaching from this passage: “command and teach”, “devote yourself… to teaching”, “keep a close watch on… the teaching”.

If Paul (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) emphasized the teaching of God’s Word to this extent in his mentorship of Timothy, then we need to emulate that in our churches today. All too often we struggle not only to find the true meaning of a text but also how we are to proclaim that in our preaching and teaching. Our focus in this conference will be to help equip you to understand and preach God’s Word. We have been given a powerful weapon, let’s discipline ourselves to ensure that we are wielding it wisely.

Student Pastors: Your spot is free at Iron on Iron, but register now to help us plan.

Invited: youth pastors, small group leaders, pastors, elders, Sunday school teachers

Friday
5:00 pm Arrival & Recreation
6:30 pm Dinner
9:00 pm Opening Session (Brody Holloway)

Saturday
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Breakout Session (Jeff Martin)
10:00 am Breakout Session (Steve Brooks)
11:00 am Breakout Session (Quintell Brooks)
12:00 pm Lunch
12:45 – 4:45 pm Recreation
4:00 pm Panel Discussion
5:00 pm Closing Session (Brody Holloway)
6:30 pm Supper
Departure


2018 – KEEP A CLOSE WATCH (PERSONAL HOLINESS)

In 2018 we will be finishing up a 3-year focus on Paul’s instruction to Timothy:

“Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Tim 4:11-16)

The focus of this year’s Iron on Iron Student Ministry Conference will be the priority of the minister’s personal holiness. The internet is filled with study and teaching aids for good reason. Solid teaching is essential, but it cannot be allowed to eclipse the importance of our individual walk with the Lord. Paul is telling Timothy (and us) to make sure we are teaching the truth about God and His Word, but it needs to be lived out in our own lives in public and behind closed doors. Our desire is to emphasize our dependence on Scripture, the work of the Holy Spirit, and to make the glory of God manifest in our lives. This echoes the words of the great Scottish preacher Robert Murray M’Cheyne when he said, “The greatest need of my people is my personal holiness.”