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3/07/07 - Holiness Churches Finding Their Voice Again

March 6, 2007

Indianapolis, IN -- On February 5, 2007 regional denominational leaders met in Indianapolis for the second time to plan a Holiness Pastors’ Day.  In December the group gathered to discuss the idea and agreed to the general idea.  At the most recent meeting, a firm decision was made to proceed with planning and a date was set for September 18, 2007.

The planning meeting was held at the Wesleyan Church world headquarters in northeast Indianapolis.  Regional denominational leaders present represented:

  • Wesleyan Church
  • Church of God, Anderson
  • Christian & Missionary Alliance
  • Nazarene
  • Evangelical
  • Free Methodist
  • Brethren in Christ
  • Salvation Army

The Holiness Pastors’ Day will be held in the city of Indianapolis and will draw pastors from multiple denominations in the Midwest.  Eric Simpson, of Eagle Church and Chaplain to the Colts, has agreed to serve as one of the resource persons.  Other features will be a panel of young (twenty-something) leaders, and worship together.  The pastors will engage in small group discussion -- all focused on the importance of the holiness message for a contemporary culture.

Rev. Bob Moss, Executive Director of the Indiana Ministries of the Church of God, is coordinating the event and providing logistical support to the united effort.  It will be patterned after a similar Holiness Pastors’ Day in Southern California that was launched as part of the efforts of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium and the Study Project.

The Wesleyan Holiness Study Project has met for 4 consecutive years and has produced the “HOLINESS MANIFESTO” as well as a proposed book that is currently under review for publication.  The regional Pastors’ Days provide a practical opportunity for local church pastors to engage with a central theme of their denomination’s history and to focus their efforts on the message of holiness as a relevant mission for their communities.

The Holiness Pastors’ Days in Indianapolis and in Southern California, as well as the Wesleyan Holiness Study Project represent a renewed interest in the common heritage these denominations have in the Holiness tradition.  It also embodies a commitment to building the future mission of the church around the transforming message of holy living and a desire for greater unity in the broader church.

For supporting papers visit:  www.holinessandunity.org

For further information contact:  Bob Moss – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kevin Mannoia – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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