I just returned from a working tour of our Southern Area....Portland, Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Harlingen, Brownsville, San Benito, Weslaco, McAllen, and Mission. My co-workers, K. Ray McDowell (ADS) and Matt Price (CPM) joined me...contact me or the STxDO if you need help with the acronyms .
Those three days were filled with encouragement, reminders that we have faithful and capable pastors, great human need, comforting the grieving, food and fellowship (of course) and the acute awareness that we face a challenging and uncertain future as we seek to live in God's mission and be a part of building His Kingdom.
I imagine that sounds a lot like the context you find yourself in today.
In facing all of this, my mind goes to two books I am currently reading:
Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger
Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson
Bolsinger's take on facing the mountains, when we thought would find the easy river, is a powerful reminder that we must be ready and willing to adapt as pastors and leaders.
Batterson calls me to not only believe that God can help me face the lion, but that I should be so bold in my confidence in Him, that I actually chase the lion.
Whatever mountain you face today, whatever lion you need to chase, know this:
For God has not given us a
spirit of fear and timidity, but of power,
love, and self-discipline.
(2 Timothy 1:7).
PASTORS & SPOUSES REAL RETREAT
Fredericksburg Inn & Suites
September 26-28, 2019
Thursday - Friday - Saturday
$260 Per Couple: 2 nights lodging w/meals
$250 Single (not sharing): 2 nights lodging w/4 meals
$130 Single (sharing): 2 nights lodging w/4 meals
NOTE: everyone will be given an "allowance" for their Friday evening dinner
*Lifelong Learning Hours - 4
Pastors & Spouses REAL Retreat - YOU/WE need the time away together to share, laugh, and pray together. Our schedule will give time for those things that can replenish us in ways that can renew and encourage.
Dr. Carla Sunberg and Rev. Chuck Sunberg will be with us this year. Carla is one of our outstanding General Superintendents and her leadership is making a great difference in the Church of the Nazarene. I know she has a heart for pastors and the incredible challenges and opportunities you face. We look forward to our time of encouragement and inspiration from the Sunberg's.
REGISTRATION OPENED AUGUST 1, 2019....registration will close on September 12. CLICK HERE to register online or mail your check to the South Texas District at P O Box 1457, Cypress, TX 77410.
FIFTH ANNUAL SOUTH TEXAS ROAD SCHOOL
ONE DAY EVENT
*Lifelong Learning Hours - 5
This valuable pastoral training event is coming in October. Please register by Monday, September 30, 2019.
REGISTER NOW - Send an email to Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the District Office at
*NO Registration Fee Required!
Upcoming Schedule Highlights
Sep 1-7: DSLDP - Vancouver
Sep 15: Houston Living Word - 60th Anniversary
Sep 22: Spring Pathway
Sep 25-26: Board of Ministry Development Meeting - Fredericksburg
Sep 26-28: Pastors & Spouses REAL Retreat - Fredericksburg
Sep 26-Oct 5: W&W District Trip to Cuba
Oct 3-6: Kansas District - Pastor's Retreat
Oct 8-10: Road School Tour
Oct 14-16: Mid-South District - Retired Pastor's Retreat
Oct 18-20: District Ministerial Candidate Assessment Weekend
Nov 7-9: SNU Board of Trustees / Homecoming
Nov 8-10: South Texas MAN Camp
Nov 22-23: DAB Appreciation Dinner and Meeting - San Antonio
Dec 6, 7, 13, 14: Pastors Mission Area Christmas Gatherings
Jan 4: BOM Area Development Team Interviews
Jan 11: BOM Area Development Team Interviews
Jan 13-15: BOM Interviews - Austin
Jan 25: Nominating Committee (includes DAB members) Meeting
Jan 27-29: HEB Pastors Prayer Retreat
Mar 20-21: DAB Meetings
Apr 22-24: South Texas District Assembly