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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.