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RCPL at SNU Equips Pastors
Pastors Forum Provides Tools and Training

Dr. LeBron Fairbanks, founder of, was the featured speaker for the fall Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership (RCPL) Pastor's Forum at SNU. His presentation, Five Non-Negotiables for Local Church Board Health, gave practical steps and resources for pastors of churches of all sizes and demographics.

In addition to the large group who gathered on the campus of SNU, scores of pastors participated at dozens of satellite host sites across the South Central Region via live-streaming of the event.

As a well-respected consultant SNU Pastors Forumto governing boards of Christian organizations, Dr. Fairbanks filled the seminar with information and assessment tools to enable pastors to nurture and develop leaders in their local congregations. Many of those who participated in the Life Long Learning event reported that they look forward to the twice-yearly Pastor’s Forums for relevant, useful and inspiring presentations – and that this event was exceptionally helpful and insightful.

Speaking from a background of leadership in a number of educational institutions in the Church of the Nazarene, including serving as President of Mount Vernon Nazarene University for 18 years, Dr. Fairbanks drew from his experience working with numerous church and non-profit boards in developing the strategies and questionnaires he shared with the participants.

The Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership (RCPL) at SNU will be releasing the video of Dr. Fairbanks’ presentation in the near future. To learn more about this and other resources available online, free of charge, visit

Youth Ministry Summit at SNU

Pastors Give Top Rating to Annual Event 

Youth Ministry Summit at SNU 2016Photo: Josh Griffin of Download Youth Ministries. 

The 8th Annual Youth Ministry Summit recently drew 64 youth workers to campus from across the Region and beyond. Josh Griffin, co-founder and director of Download Youth Ministry, and former high school pastor at Saddleback Church in California, served as this year's presenter.

With topics ranging from “Is It Really Worth It?” to “Youth Ministry Mistakes I’ve Made” the veteran pastor generated lively discussions about the common issues faced in their local churches. Josh also served as University Chapel speaker during his time on campus, engaging students with his dynamic speaking style and urging them to make the focus of their life to “make Jesus famous.”

An exciting outcome of the connection between Download Youth Ministries and the South Central NYI, is an agreement to make these online resources available to local youth pastors at a deeply discounted rate. For more details, South Central Field youth leaders can contact their District NYI president.

In partnership with the Office of Church Relations, Dr. Blair Spindle, University Pastor at SNU, and NYI’s South Central Field President, serves as coordinator of the Youth Ministry Summit. He reported that the youth pastors who attend the Summit invariably say they find the content to be top-tier and that the times of fellowship with pastors facing similar challenges and obstacles is extremely important to them.

At the close of the event, Dr. Spindle called on the pastors to circle the room and hold hands as he prayed for them and their ministry – creating a powerful moment of unity and common calling. Watch for details of the 2017 Youth Pastor Summit at To listen to Josh Griffin’s Chapel message, visit

Youth Ministry Summit 2016

Historic Mission Sets High Goals

SNU's COM2MEX Looking for 200 to Serve

With a goal of 200 participants, SNU's Professor of Missions, Eileen Ruger, is calling on every local church to spread the word about this affordable, family-friendly missions experience. Promised to be a Kingdom building, friendship making trip, the 29th annual COM2MEX team will be working alongside Nazarene brothers and sisters in Monterrey, Mexico from December 27, 2016 to January 2, 2017. With a cost of only $595 for all meals, hotel, and transportation in Mexico, it truly is a Work and Witness adventure for all.

Professor Ruger recently announced an exciting opportunity for expansion of SNU's historic annual holiday mission trip. The potential for an increase in the number of work and witness sites makes it imperative that a great group of workers of all ages register soon.

Gathering at the Rio Valley Church of the Nazarene in McAllen, Texas to travel into Mexico, team members will reach out to communities in multiple locations. Every gift, talent and skill is needed for holding Vacation Bible Schools, ministering in mobile medical units and conducting sports camps. Basic construction skills will be used for refurbishing Nazarene churches and parsonages, as well.  

For more information and to register, visit You can contact the COM2MEX office at or call 405.491.6693.

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