The Spring Pastor’s Forum, sponsored by the Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership at SNU, was a record-setting, fast-paced day of inspiration, information and relevant resources. In addition to a large group who gathered on the campus of SNU, over 100 pastors took part via live streaming at 15 host sites spread across the South Central Region.
Dr. Jim Fitzgerald, Chair of the SNU School of Theology and Ministry, presented Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness – Resources for Preaching and Communion in the Holiness Tradition, a deeply thoughtful challenge to a new view of Communion, understanding the sacrament of Communion as John Wesley did – as a “means of grace.” Citing scripture and recalling our heritage and Nazarene traditions, he called for Communion to be a time of experiencing the sacrament in a fresh and powerful way in our churches.
SNU Pastor's Forum 2018
Keynoting the morning gathering, SNU President, Dr. Keith Newman, gave an inspiring presentation of Live Last Leadership, based on Mark 9:33-37, calling pastors to let this scripture serve as a model for Christ-centered servant leadership. Dr. Newman outlined several of the characteristics of a Live Last leader, as well as team building, and setting an example for sacrifice and selflessness. He concluded with best practices for leading with inspiration, inclusion and appreciation.
In a unique afternoon session, the RCPL at SNU provided a free training session on church security assessment and prevention of, and response to, an active shooter. Also live streamed, approximately 200 participants heard from Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security certified instructor, Mr. Jim McBride, on low or no cost ways to improve security, how to write an Emergency Operation Plan and implement changes without distractions that alter the worship experience.
These three timely and relevant video resources are being made available by the Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership beginning Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Visit rcpl.snu.edu and click on ‘Resources.’
Another much-anticipated event took place recently on the campus of SNU – the annual PK Retreat. This year’s group of high school age pastor’s kids, a record number, was treated to a weekend of late night dorm life, fun activities, a musical presented by the SNU School of Music, and inspiring and hilarious stories from featured speaker, Adam Toler. Sharing from his father, Stan Toler’s, best-selling book, The Power of Your Attitude, Adam related the choices for positive living to his experiences as a PK, his years at SNU, and now, as a husband and dad of three small children. Urging them to choose a positive attitude as they face challenges, he shared that even in times of crisis, such as the recent loss of his dad, you can choose hope, humility, gratitude, generosity, compassion, and joy – with perseverance.
2018 PK Retreat
Pastors – plan now for your high school age children to attend the 2019 PK Retreat. Watch for more information at snu.edu/pk-retreat.