by Pastor Jim
Teaching at a Belize Pastor's Conference
Belize is officially and English speaking country and all the schools must teach in English. In fact, they may not teach in any other language even though there are many Spanish speaking people and also many who grew up speaking English based Creole. All the teaching at the Pastor’s Conference was in English and they responded well to the Bible lessons and leadership training. Discussion in class was in English but when we had them break into small groups for discussion some of the groups were using Spanish and other groups were speaking Creole while others remained with English. It was fascinating to listen to all the groups respond to each other in various languages. The men really engaged with the questions put before them and each time they had to be finally shut down so we could continue with other teaching and instruction. They were hungry to hear the Word of God and then apply the principles of serving as a pastor in their local congregations. The discussions centered on how they could apply what they had been learning.
Our desire in holding this conference was to help the pastors as they serve their churches and to encourage them to continue to grow in their own walk with Christ. I preached about being a pastor from I Peter 5 and then what the church’s role is to be from I Peter 2. Our course I used many other Scriptures in the messages and discussion. We also talked about leadership and I used some of the material we have used here at Fellowship Community Church in our Leadership Training which focuses on Heart, Head and Hand.