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FELLOWSHIP OF THE CALLED

FELLOWSHIP OF THE CALLED In the history of our High School Camps, there has been a challenge for young people to consider the call of God into full time ministry.  In practice, it can be a great deal of time between when a person received such a call and when they actually take steps to come under the DBMD (District Board of Ministerial Development).  Some are called, but get lost for a good many years.  Others stumble through without great certainty while a few move more effectively with the help of mentors.  As Pastors, you are clearly included in those…

THE DANIEL CHALLENGE

The DANIEL CHALLENGE I was impressed by the reading of Daniel about how significant was fasting as a part of his prayer life, and the window into the spiritual battle for nations that was raging in his day.  After 21 days on a vegies and water fast, the angel  Gabriel finally got through after getting help from another angel, Michael, who together overcame the Prince of Persia, clearly an opposing evil and strong principality.  It seems to me from Daniel 11:1 that Gabriel was sent to support King Darius, so that God's purposes for Israel would be accomplished, and he…

NBA Update – November 2015

(NBA met on 13th - 14th November 2015 in the SQ District Office at Mt. Petrie.) Wesleyan Life Subscription Available online or register for email version; Churches may order hard copy from National Office. District Officers Appointment Discussion suggested a move to “appointments via interview” process rather than nominations from the floor of conference.  This is expected to come to the next National Conference in the form of a memorial. National Youth Director Rachel Mayer has proposal a National Youth Camp.  She is advised to choose a date that will NOT detract from or compete with District Youth events, being too close to…

DS Update – November 2015

Dear Pastors, Back from 4 conferences, I am back into Local Church and family once again.  What did I gain from each? District Conference: Holiness is both Personal and Missional: changing us to be better representatives, present in the lives of those with the presence of Christ. National Conference: We need to have a voice, to speak into the life of our children, youth and community. Regional Conference: We have the power to make a difference through our presence as well as our resources Solomon Islands Conference: Our partnership with our missionaries and project workers is vital, to resource and…

Stand Firm

"Pastoral work consists of modest, daily assigned work.”  Peterson (Eugene) compares pastoral ministry to work on the farm with its routines of unglamorous chores, such as cleaning the barn, mucking out the stalls and pulling weeds.  Spiritual mentoring is farm work in which we meet routinely with our mentoree for periodic unglamorous conversations and prayer. Though moments of grad epiphany burst in or around us, the heart of mentoring another is the modest work of the routine.  The great hymn of the church says, “I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasy,  … O take the dimness of my soul away.” …