A Healthy Ministry in a Broken World

A cohort of the Center for Missions and Evangelism at Mid-America Reformed Seminary.


July 6-7, 2022 | First Church PCA, Lansing, IL



“A Healthy Ministry in A Broken World” is a cohort co-sponsored by First Church PCA in Lansing, IL and Lynwood URCNA in Lynwood, IL, along with the Center for Missions and Evangelism at Mid-America Reformed Seminary.

Everyone in ministry knows that the last few years have been hard on the church and its leaders. In many ways, we have come out of the fog; in other areas, the fog remains. What does it look like to stay healthy in ministry as church leaders in an age of spiritual atrophy, perpetual distraction, and occasional discouragement? This cohort, designed for church leaders, is intended to bring a cup of cool water to those serving on the front lines of ministry. Stimulating presentations, edifying times of prayer, fellowship, and good food will be marks of this cohort. Two gracious families have offered their homes for good food and fellowship for the evening meals, but the real feast will come from our time in God’s word and prayer together. You might be thinking, “I don’t have time for this.” Our response: “You, your family, and your ministry can’t afford for you to miss it!”

This cohort is for pastors, elders and deacons (church leaders). Contact the conference coordinator if you have any questions.

Cost is $50 per person (covers meals and materials).

July 6th-7th, 2022

First Church PCA, 3134 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL, 60438

For further info, contact Dr. Eric Watkins (cohort coordinator) at Eric Watkins ewatkins@midamerica.edu or Rev. Daniel Miller (cohort host) at revdanielmiller@gmail.com or Rev. Nick Alons (co-sponsor) at pastoralons@yahoo.com.




Rev. Paul Murpy

Pastor of Messiah's Reformed Fellowship in New York City

Dr. Eric Watkins

Pastor of Harvest Presbyterian Church (OPC) and Director of the Center for Missions and Evangelism


The cohort will begin with a meet and greet dinner on the evening of Wednesday, July 6, for men and their wives.

Thursday, July 7

9:00 a.m.                          Open with Scripture, Prayer, Introductions

9:30-10:20 a.m.               Session 1: Paul Murphy - A Healthy Church in a Broken World

10:30-11:20 a.m.               Session 2: Eric Watkins - A Healthy Minister in an Age of Distraction

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.       Prayer Groups (Divide into two groups, share prayer requests and pray)

12:15-1:30 p.m.                 Lunch

1:30-2:20 p.m.                 Session 3: Paul Murphy - A Healthy Family in a Social Media (and Anti-Social) World

2:30-3:20 p.m.                Session 4: Eric Watkins - A Healthy Leadership Paradigm in an Age of Exhaustion

3:30-4:10 p.m.                Q&A and Open Discussion

4:20-5:00 p.m.               Prayer Groups

5:00-6:00 p.m.              Free Time Before Dinner

6:00-9:00 p.m.             Dinner


Depart Friday morning