This seminar Oct 2010 was very well appreciated and each participant has shown much interest in every class. As the seminar was mainly focused on the preacher and his messages, each session was interesting. Bro.David and Bro.Ryder made practical insights into preparing Biblical messages.
When the time came for preaching messages to a particular group in which they were divided, everyone came forward with enthusiasm when their turn came. The main focus was on the introduction, main theme, body content and conclusion, which everyone adhered to with great care. They knew that this would help them as they go back to shepherd their flocks. When the time for airing their doubts was given, many wanted their doubts clarified, and Bro.David and Bro.Ryder each came out with biblical answers to the questions raised.
Conduction of funerals was one of the interesting things that David enlightened with a few of his personal experiences, and shared that this was one of the important occasions of reaching out with the Gospel to the unsaved. The words “Funerals and memorial service are for the living but not for the dead” was one of the important paraphrase which highlighted the session.
Also a practical marriage was arranged to give the first hand procedure to conduct marriages. (Here I would like to add that it was a surprise for me to be called to the conference hall and my DAD RYDER leading me through the aisles to my bridegroom, Ravi. It was full of fun as Pastor G. Yohanu conducted our marriage again. Attached a few pictures). In this context, most of the participants queried about the marriage between a believer and a non-believer, and Bro.David was emphatic enough to suggest that a God fearing pastor should not conduct such marriage.
Counseling was one of the topics which was a new subject, hitherto unknown to the participants, as most of them come from rural background. David emphasized that this was a most important job a pastor has to do with the foundation based on God’s word, who is our good counselor.[slideshow]