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SNU Celebrates Pastors

Southern Nazarene University believes in the significant role that pastors and their families play in the local church and community, and join with the over 600 local Church of the Nazarene congregations on the South Central Region in celebrating them.

Although clergy appreciation is emphasized in October, the university recognizes their continual support and full partnership, and thanks them for – their influence in guiding students to a Christ-centered education at SNU – their leadership of their congregation in financial support through Funding the Mission – and for their prayers.

SNU President, Dr. Keith Newman, said, “It is with a grateful heart I offer my appreciation on behalf of the SNU community for your support.” Dr. Terry Toler, SNU’s Vice President for Church Relations, expressed his appreciation by saying, “During this month we celebrate your role as pastor to your community and are grateful for your leadership and generosity.” “We pray God’s anointing upon your ministry.”

The Office of Church Relations at SNU encourages every local church member to find ways to express appreciation to their pastoral staff, not only this month, but throughout the year. I Thessalonians 5:12-13 admonishes us to, “honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love.” 

Pastor Appreciation Scripture - "And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience.  Overwhelm them with appreciation and love.  1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

SNU Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership Event Nationwide

The fall SNU Pastor’s Forum, sponsored by the Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership at SNU, brought Dr. Kevin Harney, lead pastor of Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California, to campus. Dr. Harney’s passion for evangelism has resulted in the creation of Organic Outreach International, a ministry of Shoreline, and a growing movement across the nation to bring intentional evangelism to our churches.

Dr. Harney’s heart for reaching people with the message of Jesus shone through his teaching throughout the day. A record number of pastors gathered in the atrium of Bethany First Nazarene to hear him speak – while the largest ever number of participants via technology joined in from across the SNU Region – and beyond. Pastors in locations from Alaska to Florida viewed the live-stream seminar, both individually and in small groups at host churches.

Kevin Harney - Pastor's Forum Fall 2017

The inspirational and practical teaching of Dr. Harney was described by one pastor as, “overwhelmingly inspiring.” Many responded that they felt challenged to action as never before. Harney said, “we need an infusion of real evangelism and outreach in our churches today” and throughout the day pastors explored several foundational outreach practices designed to impact their personal life, church and communities. Concluding with a challenge to join the journey toward intentional evangelism, Harney shared practical steps to effectiveness in sharing the message of Jesus.

Learn more about Kevin Harney at and find out more about Organic Outreach International at

Ninth Annual Youth Ministry Summit Features Dr. Chap Clark

One of the most dynamic and successful events for our region’s youth workers takes place each year on the campus of Southern Nazarene University. The Youth Ministry Summit, a product of a partnership between the South Central Field NYI and SNU’s Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership, has become a unique gathering anticipated by scores of youth pastors each fall. This year there were 59 who gathered to hear Dr. Chap Clark, and for fellowship, prayer and times of sharing.

Youth Ministry Summit - RCPL Fall 2017

Dr. Blair Spindle, SNU’s Campus Pastor and Dean of the Chapel, also serves the Church of the Nazarene as President of the NYI Council, South Central Field. Dr. Spindle’s report of the Summit held October 9-11, 2017 at SNU reads:

Our ninth youth ministry summit was outstanding. We were thrilled to have Dr. Chap Clark, professor of Youth, Family and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary with us. Chap is one of the premier youth culture researchers and an outstanding leader. His presentation at the summit was so relevant to youth workers who are trying to help hold on to young people who seem to be leaving the church at alarming rates. Chap's approach was what he calls, "Adoptive Youth Ministry" and it was challenging but encouraging at the same time. He believes the church is best when it is seen as family. We are able to catch a clearer picture of God's Kingdom when we foster a ministry of nurturing students who are indeed God's beloved children. One youth pastor said this about the 2017 YM Summit, "As always, it was awesome. I would say one of the best ones we've had." This continues to be a great event for the South Central Field and for SNU.

To learn more about the Youth Ministry Summit at SNU, contact Dr. Spindle at or watch for information about the October 2018 event at

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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