"We will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:4).
Prayer is vital pastoral work. But it doesn't make for a conventionally attractive conference topic today like leadership techniques, growth strategies, and cutting-edge programs. And that's just the idea behind Basics---now in its 12th year at Parkside Church. Well-intentioned efforts to improve ministry can actually distract from the pastor's foundational calling to prayer and the ministry of the Word. These tasks are not basic as in simple but basic as in vital.
This week's Basics 2012 conference featured TGC Council members Alistair Begg, Voddie Baucham, and Mark Dever, while drawing pastors and Christian workers from 40 of the 50 United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Pakistan, and more. These men all addressed prayer: Begg began by surveying the first six chapters of Acts, Baucham continued by examining Paul's pastoral prayers, and Dever concluded by addressing Jesus' prayer in John 17. Click the links to watch and be challenged to pray.