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2018 Clergy Appreciation Month

Every time we think of you, we thank God for you. Day and night you’re in our prayers as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father. It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special.

1 Thessalonians 2-5 (MSG)

RCPL at SNU Releases Fall Forum Resource

Exploring the aspects of change - one of the most challenging issues in the Church today - was the focus of the Fall Pastors Forum which took place at SNU on October 1, 2018. The twice-yearly Forums, provided by the Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership at SNU, are highly anticipated events because of their reputation for offering top speakers presenting on relevant issues.Dr Jeff Walling at the Fall 2018 Pastors Forum

Dr. Jeff Walling, a master communicator, author and highly sought-after speaker, delivered an insightful and entertaining morning of information and self-discovery regarding leading and communicating change in the Church. Walling currently serves as Director of the Youth Leadership Initiative at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. His pastoral experience is extensive, and, using his gift of communication, he led the large group of pastors present on campus – along with approximately two hundred viewing the live stream from host sites and their computers – on a journey of discovery about the emotions, pitfalls, leadership roles and individual dynamics of change.

The consensus of those who attended – in person and at remote sites, as well – was that Dr. Walling’s presentation was both dynamic and impactful, with information and insights they can effectively apply to their ministry. As Dr. Walling concluded, “We have the best news in the world, and we just want to share it the best way we can!”

 And now the Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership at SNU is making this important resource available online at This powerful video seminar has been added by the RCPL at SNU to their Resources Worth Sharing because of its potential for providing inspiration, encouragement and equipping information to pastors and lay leaders who may be challenged in their churches with issues related to change. 


A Legacy of Partnership – Brockington Road & SNU

Southern Nazarene University is blessed with hundreds of local Nazarene churches on the South Central Region who give faithful, sacrificial support to the mission of Christian higher education. So, the story of one central Arkansas church is – in reality – the story of our partners across the four states that call SNU “their” university.

Rev. Noel George has served as lead pastor of Brockington Road Church of the Nazarene, located in Sherwood, Arkansas, since 2014; but the former North Little Rock First has a much longer history of partnership with what is now SNU, spanning many decades.

Fall 2018 Pastors Forum - Brockington Road When the RCPL at SNU began broadcasting Pastors Forums via live streaming, Brockington Road was one of the first to sign on as a host site for the twice-yearly events. Averaging fifteen or more in attendance, pastors come from around the central Arkansas area for a morning of inspiration, information and accessing new resources. The church staff, led by Office Administrator, Norma Burns, prepares the fellowship hall with coffee and snacks for the group, something that, according to Pastor Noel, is seen by her as a ministry, to show love and appreciation to the pastors in their area. In addition to viewing the seminar, Pastor Noel reports that there is a meaningful exchange of best practices, discussion of the topic, and great times of small group fellowship.

Pastor Noel said, “Hosting the Forums is not at all difficult – the technology is already in place at the church and the live stream is easily accessed. With registrations done completely online by SNU, there’s no worry on our part about any aspect of that – and SNU provides a list of who is registered to attend here, which is great for planning.”

For a number of decades prior to the advent of Pastors Forums, Brockington Road has partnered with the university by hosting concerts, recruiting and various other outreach events for central Arkansas and the South Arkansas District. Continuing that legacy, they hold an annual SNU Sunday with speakers and music from the university that is always anticipated by the congregation.

As Pastor Noel says, “We love to be team players – cheerleaders for SNU. It’s so much bigger than just to see SNU succeed. It’s about our young people receiving a Christ-centered education, and pastors having access to the resources we need to do our best for the Kingdom.”

To learn more about serving as a host site for Pastors Forums, contact the Office of Church Relations at SNU 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 educating 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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