WORDS FROM THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
GREETINGS: This week is the 13th anniversary of the greatest attack against the United States on our own soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. For nearly a decade and a half, we have been in a global war against terrorism. This has made a difference in our outlook on the world. As Jesus-followers, our worldview should always be more than mere nationalism. Our prayer life is global (or should be!). During this week of many memorials, I encourage you to remember the persecuted Christians around the world.
PASTOR’S AND SPOUSE RETREAT 2014: This next week (September 15-17) our Pastor and Spouse Retreat will occur at Miracle Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert. Our desire is to bring unity through fellowship for our Pastors and Spouses here on the LA District. It will be good for both the mind and the soul as we RE-Focus and RE-Juvenate. Dr. Ron Benefiel will our guest speaker. Please be praying for this time together.
RWANDA & BRUNDI MISSION TEAM PRAYER REQUEST: The District Work & Witness team will be traveling to Africa, leaving Sept. 14 and returning on Oct. 1, 2014.
They are requesting prayer on each day at 1:17pm. Their theme verse is Isaiah 1:17.
PASTOR MICHAEL VASQUEZ FAMILY: On August 27, 2014, the mother of Pastor Michael Vasquez passed away in New Hampshire. Rev. Vasquez pastors Hollywood Children of the Shepherd. Please pray for the Vasquez family during this time of transition.
LOS ANGELES FIRST CHURCH ENGLISH: Pastor Paul Huddle has resigned as pastor of this congregation, having led them for the past nine years. Paul will be staying in our area as he continues his discipling ministries. Please be in prayer for this congregation as we traverse this pastoral transition.
PLNU CENTER FOR PASTORAL LEADERSHIP: At the end of this calendar year, Dr. Norman Shoemaker, founder and director of the PLNU Center for Pastoral Leadership will be retiring. In preparing for this, PLNU President, Dr. Bob Bower, made the recent announcement:
I'm pleased to announce that John Calhoun has accepted my invitation to become the Director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership after he concludes his leadership of the Northern California District this December.
This important transition from the leadership that Norm Shoemaker has provided is important for the work of PLNU with the regional church. Over these past 10 years the CPL has provided significant leadership for the church through educational opportunities and resources for the church. The CPL has become a model for several other universities and sparked similar centers across the country.
I know John will provide creative leadership as PLNU continues to serve the church and strengthen opportunities for pastors in their ministry. I'm looking forward to the days ahead and the work together as a region.
Please join me in congratulating John and praying for him, the District, and CPL in this time of transition.
I encourage us to pray for PLNU and Northern California District during these leadership transitions.
LA DISTRICT TRAINING CENTER: Spiritual Formation (PAS 1023) Class offered September 12-13 & October 10-11
For your fall planning: The Practice of Christian Ministry will be held Nov. 7-8 and Dec. 5-6.
For your planning in January & February 2015: Holiness class will be offered January 9-10 & February 6-7
Nazarene History & Polity will be offered: January 23-24 & February 20-21
LADTC courses are required for ordination.
Please visit www.LADTC.org for all forms and information. There you will also find our 2014-2015 Academic Calendar.
CHURCH FINANCIAL SEMINAR: America’s Christian Credit Union is offering a free seminar for pastors and church leaders on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9am-3pm, at their Glendora campus, 2100 E. Route 66. Focus will be on “Church Finance/Budgeting & Campus Preservation.” Lunch will be provided.
Registration may be made at 800-343-5328 ext. 5450 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also get information at www.stewardshipinaction.com/seminar.
TRAN FAMILY MINISTRIES: I have recently received this announcement from former district pastor and evangelist:
We will again be in the Southern California area this winter. We will be arriving in December as we are scheduled to do a Christmas concert for one of the PazNaz adult classes on the 13th and will be there through January and February and a portion of March. We do have some open dates available. You can find us on our website (www.tranfamilyministries.com)
LA DISTRICT NYI LEADERSHIP TRANSITION: Pastor Chris Archer, former youth pastor at Lompoc and District NYI President, has accepted a pastoral assignment at Fresno First Church of the Nazarene on the Central California District. The District NYI Vice-President, Pastor Aaron Caluza, youth pastor at Santa Barbara Coast Community Church of the Nazarene, is moving up to be the District NYI President. For youth ministry resources, Aaron may be reached at email: email@example.com, or cell phone:
DISTRICT NYI LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2014: The District NYI will be hosting an overnight leadership summit at Camarillo Church of the Nazarene Oct 24-25. Friday will be a time of fun. Saturday morning will be a time of workshops. The event is targeted for your core students. For further information, see their web site at www.losangelesnyi.com.
ENCOURAGEMENT: Receive the Apostle Paul’s prayer recorded in Colossians 1:3-6 “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints – the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” NIV
Have a great week!
Jerry L. Ferguson