2015 Dominican Republic Trip Day 3

Today was Day 3 on our pastor training trip to the Dominican Republic.  It was a very eventful day to say the least.  Today was the first day where we had a full schedule.  That means that we had four times of teaching (two in the morning and two after lunch in the afternoon).  The topics that we covered today were: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), The Importance of Prayer, Hell, and a Pastors Roundtable discussion.

I had the privilege of sharing about Hell today.  I do not know what it is about my topics, but there have been some "interesting" discussions that have taken place during the question and discussion time at the end of our presentations.  Today's discussions (not just mine but all of them) seemed to be on side topics that might have been mentioned slightly in the presentation.  In the session that I shared (Hell), I was using the parable of the wheat and tares to show that Hell is a place of conscious torment.  The pastors wanted to run with that in the direction dealing with eternal security.  I am all for having some good discussions especially over Bible topics.  This was being more of a distraction and something that was getting us off track.  I am very grateful for the pastor of the church that is hosting this training.  He really stepped in and was able to help the pastors understand that issue and get it back on track.

The pastors roundtable was fun.  All of us "Americano" pastors were placed in chairs before everyone.  We were served with questions about different issues in the life of a pastor.  We had that opportunity to just share our hearts.  We had a pastor come up to us afterwards and thank us for being "open and honest" especially about struggles.  He said that it was so nice to know that he wasn't the only one who had those feelings and battles.  It reminded me of just how important it is to have a group of fellow believers in which you can just be honest with.  

There was another eventful event that took place, but I'm going to wait and hopefully share a happy ending to that story later.