What are two
significant things you learned this week or liked
· The forgiveness sessions – a
lot to think about – very
authentic and relational! The banquet was very organized. Great
· Conversations with other pastors. Dr. Tom Long’s example at preaching. The
importance of forgiveness.
· This is my first pastoral conference. The most significant thing I learned was
how I much I needed this time of respite. I found the classes I attended helped rekindle my fire
for ministry, lighting new sparks to take back to the church I
· I feel my preaching will be improved. I have a lot to share with Deacons, Session
& CE concerning the content of Dr. Ramsey’s class.
· To be is to be with – in many ways, at many levels. Forgiveness is the hardest
thing to do!
· Classes were helpful, informative, pace was good. Spending time with other
pastors from different areas was helpful.
· Really enjoyed Tom Long’s preaching – evocative, entertaining, enlightening,
excellent, engaging, and challenging. Gary did a masterful job teaching us about forgiveness –
wonderful interplay with other presenters/faculty as we explored Christian forgiveness and
relationship to secular/cultural forgiveness and relationship to faith and
· Jay Ayers is an excellent instructor
because he is so knowledgeable but presents material in clear ways with a sharp wit and humor as a
· The food was amazing! I loved the small numbers & structure of time which
lent to a lot of community building.
· New ways of preaching. Renewed interest & learning in
· Tom’s preaching. Ruth’s organ work. Jay’s Easter eggs in Matthew’s
· Exegesis is crucial to biblical understanding &
· We can age gracefully – but life is finite (and
· That I must prepare and practice the art of more compassionate care for my
congregation. That I cannot do everything and that I must seek out and teach others to step and be
· Encouragement to keep up the wrestling from Tom Long. Several great conversations
about family with other participants.
· Topic of forgiveness in depths I hadn’t touched. Dr. Long’s Q&A was
fantastic. Thank you for a wonderful week!
· A deeper look at forgiveness. Dr. Long’s use of Scripture with humor and
· Inspired and reminded by the nature of parables. Surprising, uncomfortable and
full of Easter eggs.
· When we are in our own communities we get comfortable with the status quo. I’m
excited that God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit are indeed alive and well in the Presbyterian Church!
It is great to get away to soak in His presence.
· Dr. Ayers – Matthew has amazing things! Dr. Eller – forgiveness can be
· The edginess of parables. Background on Matthew. Guest preaching. Love the sense
of community. Great fellowship & conversations. The melodrama was a hoot. The Broadway show was
· Pastoral approach to aging. Radical forgiveness. Matthew – new
· The opportunity to meet & talk with other pastors & leaders. I am
bringing home renewed energy & practical ideas – especially in regards to caring for various
ages in the congregation. Thank you! This was my first time and I found it to be exceptional! It
was so refreshing to be here. Right now in our presbytery (and it sounds like in many) we are
struggling. Churches have left the denomination and things are hard & look bleak. Coming here
brought encouragement. The experience brought hope & renewed
· Always the morning worship – excellent! Singing outstanding! That Gary jumped in
and did “forgiveness” materials. That Dr. Long was with us –
· Admiration & praise for Dr. Thomas Long’s sermons. The importance of
forgiveness to be taught, experienced and preached.
· Best so far and I have been here I think 4 years. The material surrounding
forgiveness. “The deed must be separated from the doer.” The material surrounding ministering to
older adults’ pastoral care. I have only done the work of a pastor for a few years but in that time
I did a bucket of pastoral care.
· Tom Long was super – always a learning experience. Gary was excellent with no
prep time. Dr. Ramsay had very good thought provoking
· Foundation and impacts of forgiveness for my ministry. Wisdom to enjoy grace and
blessings of aging.
· The various ways Christians view forgiveness. Matthew
· I found a different perspective on my church’s situation, which was a huge answer
to prayer and what I needed most at this time. All thanks to God and my colleagues here! I earned a
deeper view of forgiveness, which I know will be helpful in doing my ministry and in my personal
Ayers was excellent, challenging, provocative.
Something I’m looking forward to following up
· Appreciated Jay’s in depth on certain difficult Matthew
· Deeper interaction with the challenges of forgiveness. The phrase “graceful
improvisation”. Also that Tom wrote a book about it.
· All of the resources available for those who are aging. The many aspects of
spiritual & theological depth of forgiveness and
· The sermons by Tom Long & session on forgiveness gave me the most information
I will be able to apply.
· Loved having Tom preach. Loved connecting with other