Maximise is a conference hosted by 9:38 . It's for ministry trainees and anyone else who is considering the next step and who wants to be inspired and equipped to maximise your gospel ministry. Becky Dawson is a ministry trainee at Dundonald Church.
I have a love-hate relationship with Christian conferences. Sometimes, to be honest, I can come away feeling overwhelmed, useless, or that I don’t fit in a room of Christians where I should feel I belong. Does anyone relate?
But this Maximise felt different. It was a refocus on the purpose of Christian ministry, lifting one’s eyes off oneself to the cross.
Ministry trainees and church members wanting to explore further ministry came together at the conference. We were richly fed on some fantastic Bible teaching and seminars. Our discussion groups were opportunities to share talks and have helpful feedback. And there was lots of chat time to share stories of God’s work in advancing his kingdom.
What better way to start the new year than thinking through the purpose of creation and the joy, delight and suffering of the cross?!
It was moving to be standing in a room full of Christians from across the UK. With raised voices, beating hearts and broken hands, we sang to the Creator of heaven and earth who chooses to use us, weak instruments, for his divine purposes and pleasures.
The absolute joy and privilege it is to be involved in Christian ministry was balanced with a sombre note of the reality of fighting sin, pride and self-righteousness that so easily corrupt even the best intentions. And, yes, the message of the cross seems weak and foolish to the world, but (we love a big ‘but’, right?) we were reminded it is the power of God.
I left feeling more aware of my heart’s failings and sinful tendencies, but rejoicing at the grace and sufficiency of the cross.