SBEC hosted a most wonderful Pastors’ Brunch on September 11. Fifty-six pastors were present from most all denominations. Everyone, from youth pastors, children’s pastors, to senior pastors, enjoyed themselves. One pastor represented most everyone when he wrote,
"I just wanted to let you know what a privilege it was to attend the “Pastor’s Appreciation Brunch” this morning. The brunch was appreciated, the program was informative and inspirational, and the food was excellent. Your students and faculty who were present could not have been more hospitable. I am especially grateful for the “gift card” given to each pastor.
"We have two students at SBEC, and they speak very highly of the educational and spiritual climate there. May God continue to richly bless His work through you and the school as you seek to positively impact north Mississippi as well as the Greater Memphis, Tennessee area.
"Thanks again. We appreciate you and will keep you in our prayers."
The brunch was a team event. The sixth grade choir and the high school chamber choir beautifully sang two spirituals. Our student ambassadors looked sharp and welcomed and encouraged our guests. Tony Manley (1st graduating class) and Hunter Gibbs (40th graduating class) talked about how SBEC had influenced them, and Mr. Manley spoke about the school and where it was going.
Importantly, it is the teachers and coaches that establish a classroom, athletic, and school environment where the Lord is glorified in everything. The teachers throughout the school stopped their classes for a moment to pray for the pastors with their students, from kindergarten to seniors. Three weeks ago, the teachers handed out an invitation card and letter to every student and encouraged them to hand deliver the envelope to their pastors. The faculty’s efforts made a very big difference.
A final comment was also made by a pastor as he was leaving the brunch, “We never do this. Pastors from different churches never get to meet one another, talk, and fellowship together. This was a very special time.”