Missions and Evangelism facilitated several Pastors’ Fellowship meetings during the period January – May 2013. The main message shared at the meetings at the Hatton Fellowship and the Thunkorale Fellowship was on the importance of taking care of one’s own family. This is especially challenging for many pastors. The family plays a critical role in any society and is the cornerstone on which future generations are built. Sadly, many pastors neglect spending quality time with their families as they live such busy lives attending to their flock, counselling, visiting parishioners and teaching the Word of God.
A total of 300 participants from the Hatton Fellowship and 20 from the Thunkorale Fellowship attended these meetings. The participants consisted of pastors and their families. The interactive discussions enabled them to look into the possibility of families working together in new areas of mission. The resource personnel were from NCEASL’s Missions and Evangelism team.
A Pastors’ Fellowship meeting was also held for the Pastors’ Fellowship in Chilaw. A one day seminar was conducted by the NCEASL Missions and Evangelism resource personnel on 16th March 2013 on how to find encouragement amidst the many challenges they face.
Following this the Pastors’ Fellowship of Negombo met on 08th April 2013. The pastors discussed the challenges they faced and raised concerns relating to recent incidents of intimidation, threats and disruption. The Missions resource personnel shared practical examples and gave words of encouragement to stand strong and true to their calling.