2/18/10 - 250 pastors Gather in SoCal for the 6th Annual Pastors' & Leaders Day
For Immediate Release
February 18, 2010
Azusa, CA: On Tuesday, February 16, approximately 250 pastors in southern California from multiple denominations gathered on the campus of Azusa Pacific University for the 6th Annual Pastors' and Leaders Day.
The Day is an annual multi-denominational event coordinated by the Regional Overseers in order to focus the importance of the message of holiness in the 21st century, provide resources for pastors and leaders, and to allow for networking across denominational lines.
This year the program was particularly unique in that each of the 6 denominational leaders provided the primary addresses for pastors to hear. As the church in the 21st century finds an increasing desire to understand holiness in relevant and meaningful ways, the leaders each took time to describe holiness from their unique perspective. Each church has developed a particular emphasis. In guiding pastors to understand those uniquenesses, the holistic message became more powerful in impact and compelling in mission.
The specific emphases included an emphasis on holiness and…
… Unity – Church of God, David Winn
… Peace – Brethren in Christ, Perry Engle
… Social Action – Salvation Army, Steve Bradley
… Gifts – Foursquare, Kimberly Dirmann
… Culture – Free Methodist, Steve Fitch
… Heart – Nazarene, Jerry Ferguson
Testimonials to the effectiveness of the day centered on the inspiration that pastors felt at being together with so many "like-minded" leaders whom they ordinarily do not get to see. The effect of the various perspectives brought by the Overseers helped pastors to see the impact and power of the message that is entrusted to their care as local church leaders. "It is different than a church in the Calvinistic or Reformed tradition," said one.
"I am proud of my heritage and more able to preach about a subject that has too often been ignored," said another. The most obvious benefit of the day, as in years past, is the fellowship and camaraderie that takes place. Appreciation for the tradition and encouragement for the future mission is laced throughout the remarks of participants.
A special blessing was provided at the very outset of the day as the Azusa Pacific University Men's Chorale opened the day with music scattering themselves among the pastors and lifting the group in worship. Every table of 8 pastors experienced the blessing of young men praying for them as they began the day and a special sense of God's anointing was evident.
The Regional Leaders will be meeting soon to both review the impact of the day and to begin planning for next year as this has become a defining experience both for the pastors as well as for the Overseers whose own commitment to holiness and one another is empowered.