Last weekend, thanks in large part to my lovely wife, I was able to attend a 9 Marks Weekender at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) in Washington D.C. It was phenomenal. I was challenged, informed, convicted, and encouraged. Pastors and aspiring pastors, make every effort to do a weekender. Here is a sample itinerary. Seminary is great, but can only do so much. There is much I could write about the weekend, but I think I will limit the post to what struck me most about my time at CHBC. The elders (lay and staff) were godly, informed, humble, and committed. They serve as men under the authority of Christ who will one day give an account for their flock. In many ways they are driven by Hebrews 13.17a: "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account." This verse came alive in a new way for me this weekend. It has serious implications for the way we "do church." My love for the church was kindled like never before and my trust in the faithfulness of God to his church was strengthened.