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A Church Planters Weekend Retreat

How often do people consider the hard work of our church planters and their wives? Church planting is very tiring work, and it is stressful on many levels. Many of the RPCNA’s church planters work long hours, get paid less than many of our “regular” pastors, and have the constant burden of wondering what the next six months will hold. Church planting is very difficult and is not for the weak of spirit.

Hard work ought to be recognized, laborers ought to be thanked, and our church planters ought to rest, even if it is just for a weekend.

In May, more than 30 pastors and wives involved in church planting in the RPCNA descended upon Los Angeles, Calif. They were promised an all-expense-paid weekend of learning, fellowship, and encouragement.

Lydia Eshelman and Heather Huizing of the Los Angeles RP Church planned most of the weekend on behalf of the Home Mission Board. The church planters spent the weekend at the downtown Embassy Suites, enjoyed incredible hospitality, and were given an environment conducive to both rest and spiritual growth.

The weekend’s speakers were Dr. David P. Murray of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and Rev. Daniel Hyde, Th.M., church-planting pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church in San Diego County.

Dr. Murray spoke on the “Reason for and the Foundations and Practice of Christ-Centered Preaching.” He also spoke on “Theology of Sleep” and encouraged the church planters to make rest a ...

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