Every year for the last few years I have had the opportunity to attend the Shepherds' Conference hosted by Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, CA. My first trip came when after a very challenging year in ministry the deacons of Franconia Baptist, unbeknownst to me, purchased an airline ticket and paid my conference fees. They did not ask so much as put me on the plane :) I'm so blessed that they did. The conference has been a constant refreshment to my soul. The church members at GCC are amazing. Around 1,000 of them volunteer to serve the thousands of pastors and church leaders in attendance at the conference each year, many of whom are a little roughed up when they first arrive.