Training of pastors is an ongoing process. Starting in 2017 we are partnering with City-to-City Ministry to conduct Preachers’ Labs. These Labs seek two outcomes: to help improve communication skills and to help differentiate between gospel preaching and moralistic preaching. To know the difference is crucial! So very often our pastors focus on lists of things that we as Christians must do or not do to please God. The all-sufficiency of Christ gets lost in the lists. People hear that Jesus saved them, but they live constantly trying to earn their salvation through their own efforts at “being good enough”.
The training helps pastors understand how to preach the good news – that without Christ we can do nothing: we cannot save ourselves, we cannot be good enough, that we can only please God by believing in His Son and that good works are the result of salvation and not the cause!