March 2018 Pastors Forum Reaches Record Numbers
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.
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.