Our aim in training beyond the man of God is to edify the church of God. The man and the church together make up the foundation from the human side of things for ministry that is faithful and biblical, pastoral ministry that matures the saints and sounds forth the Gospel. There is simply no substitute for the good minister of Christ Jesus regularly expositing the Word(pointing out these things…) to the brethren (1 Tim 4:6). There is no greater privilege than to have by the grace of God a well nourished minister and local church.
For this reason we are very excited to announce the hosting of our first ever Shepherds’ Conference! In the month of January 2018, specificallythe 26th through the 28th, ITA plans to hold its first ever pastors conference in Messina, at its main site at the Bible Church of Messina. The conference is called The Church. This is a simple title that reflects the overall goal of the conference and the overall goal of ITA’s ministry: building the body Christ Himself is the foundation of and promised to edify.
Our preacher for this event is pastor-teacher Tom Pennington from Countryside Bible Church in Southlake, Texas. Much gratitude naturally goes out to Tom and Countryside for graciously participating in this first conference for us. The titles of the sessions pastor Tom is planning to teach on speak for themselves; they highlight the significant value of hosting and attending such an event. Tom will preach and teach on: The Case for Consecutive Exposition, Measuring Ministry Success, Dealing with Ministry Disappointment, Remembering the Source of a Successful Ministry, Avoiding Ministry Blindspots, Maintaining Your First love, Building a Ministry that Lasts.
In light of this we ask for your help. ITA is hoping to select 30 of its men in training (ITA students) in order to provide them with scholarships to attend the conference. Our plan is to offer each of the men $50.00 USD to help fund a part of the conference costs. Hence, we wish to provide each ITA student of the 30 selected with a $50 dollar scholarship. ITA is thus asking its supporters to help support this special project. Giving can be done through our TMAI (The Master’s Academy International) account. Please specify on the donation: ITA Shepherds’ Conference.