One of the common responses I get when I try to encourage people to attend Polishing the Pulpit is that it is a week long and people say that they just cannot take a week off of work.
However, did you know that Polishing the Pulpit (PtP) actually begins with “Spiritual Renewal Weekend?” This part of PtP starts on Friday evening and concludes with worship on Sunday morning.
If you have never attended PtP, let me encourage you to dip your toe in the water by attending Spiritual Renewal Weekend. I always tell people that, if you will do that, you’ll be finding ways to attend the whole week as soon as you possibly can.
Here are four reasons you should attend Spiritual Renewal Weekend.
You Will be More Encouraged than You Can Imagine. Are you even slightly discouraged? Why not take a weekend to let the Word of God and the fellowship of about 4000 Christians lift your spirits! You will be deeply encouraged, both through Scripture and through friendships.
Your “Idea File” will be Overflowing. If you are a preacher, Bible class teacher, elder, or deacon, it can feel at times as if your well of good ideas is running dry. Just one weekend of study and practical lessons can change that. I come back each year with more ideas than I know what to do with! If you will listen with your ministry or area of service in mind, you will not run dry again for a long time.
Your Kids Will be Spiritually On Fire. If you will bring your children, you will be blown away by what PtP does for them. The classes, games, singing, and more are absolutely top-notch. While there is a ton of fun, it is remarkable how much learning of the Scriptures goes on in such a short amount of time. My kids ask about it all year long!
There’s No Better Way to Spend a Weekend. Many people take weekends to float on a lake or go hiking. Those are fine, and there is nothing wrong with that. But what better way can you spend a weekend than growing in faith, being built up and encouraged by fellow Christians, and enjoying God’s creation in the Smokey Mountains?
Spiritual Renewal Weekend is fast approaching, and I cannot emphasize it enough: it is worth your time! The dates are August 18-20, 2017 in Sevierville, Tennessee. If you will come, you will be uplifted and–as the title emplies–renewed.
Oh, and as a bonus, if you stay through Sunday morning worship, you are given a flash drive with all the lessons from the whole weekend, so you can learn and grow even more throughout the year! Just add that as a 5th reason we hope to see you in a couple of weeks!
AUTHOR: Adam Faughn