Should missionaries and pastors and... well, just regular Christians pursue joy?
"At least twice, the apostle Paul sums up the goal of his ministry in the joy of his people. First, to the Corinthians:
"Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy." (2 Corinthians 1:24)
Second, to the Philippians:
I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith." (Philippians 1:25)
The pastoral implications of being "workers for your joy" are huge. I am still trying to figure them out and work them out after 30 years at this church." - John Piper
I personally am excited to hear the messages from this conference.