Pastors and their wives have been taking part in a series of conferences across Great Britain, focused on the prayer life of church leaders.
Every year, the Pastors’ Network of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), organises a series of conferences around the country. These aim to cultivate the spiritual lives of pastors and their wives and serve as a catalyst to promote greater connectedness among them. The Pastors’ Network has 500 men in its membership (not all of them pastors).
The theme for 2016 is ‘Joyful not dutiful’ and the focus is on prayer, which was chosen in response to a survey of serving pastors conducted by FIEC in 2014, in which some described their personal prayer life as ‘dutiful’ or ‘disappointing’.
The conferences, 14 of which will take place around the UK, have been designed to help pastors and their wives to think through their prayer lives and be refreshed and encouraged in their ministry.
One of the first conferences took place in Birmingham in March. Ashley Jones, pastor of Rugby Evangelical Free Church, said after the event: ‘A ministers and wives conference like this is so helpful, especially to look at the prayer life of the pastor. The joy of coming to a day like this is, being in good company with excellent food, and the object of our prayer life, God himself, being expounded’.