We arrived in Port Elizabeth yesterday for our probationers' in service training. There is an agreement between the Cape of Good Hope District and the Grahamstown District that we do our IST's together. Last time they came to Cape Town, this time we have travelled to them in Port Elizabeth.
The best thing, as always, is hearing other people's war stories. It is so reassuring to hear that other people also have tough times, but also discouraging to realise that conflict and power struggles seem to be the norm in churches. It is also really good to have a chance to share with ministers who have been doing this for a bit longer and to be able to ask questions and get advice.
The actual programme for these few days is not actually that important!