November 14, 2019 • Adam Wyatt
A couple of weeks ago, I was able to go to the Mississippi Baptist Convention. I try to go to the state and national conventions and have been able to do so for several years. Talking with other pastors—especially young ones—I find that many do not think that going to their state conventions is essential. I want to offer up a few reasons why this is a foolish way of looking at Convention life.
Let’s face it: being a pastor is a lonely calling. Even if you are blessed and serve a large church with a large staff, if you are a pastor, serving a church is a solitary thing. You need to be around other like-minded men who both love and serve the local church. It might just be for a couple of days, but every time that I go to our state convention, I am reminded of the great local pastors that serve our state. I am both blessed and encouraged to be around them. I find out that much of what I am both dealing with and struggling with is something that they are doing as well. Considering that, we get to encourage one another. Pastor, you need pastor friends.
There is much going on in most state conventions. And, to be honest, many states do not really communicate some of the great things that are going on and, if you really want to understand what is going on, you are missing out on a great opportunity to find out. The state convention is a great place to find out all sorts of great things that are going on in your state. From ministry points to movements of God in local churches, to opportunities to plug into missions, the local convention is a great place to find out what is going on in your state.
State conventions are great opportunities to find out what is going on in your state. Additionally, they are also great places to gauge the temperature of the national convention. Our SBC has many issues that local pastors need to be aware of. From sexual abuse in the church to budgeting issues at the national levels, the state conventions give local pastors a great place to figure out and to prepare for problems coming down the line. Additionally, talking to fellow pastors at the convention also gives us all an opportunity to find out what other guys are thinking about potential issues. Going to the state conventions can keep you in the loop in things that are on the horizon for both your state and the convention as a whole.
I genuinely hope that you went, or are going, to your state convention. If not, make plans to do so. Give it a try. I believe that you will be a better pastor for it.