Good morning, friends! Joan and I have been in Carlsbad, California this week, in meetings with the 78 district superintendents of the USA/Canada region and our 6 general superintendents. We have had some wonderful and inspiring sessions. Joan and I will be traveling back to Florida today, and then on Friday and Saturday will be with you for Pastors Prep Days and Board of Ministry Days at Fort Myers First Church and Pompano Beach First Church.
I wanted you to have some details about these two days, and am asking that you make sure any ministerial candidates and all the pastors from your church are informed and plan to be present at one of these two days. They need to be present for the entire day, and should arrive on time, so we don’t delay the schedule at all.
We will follow the same schedule we have had in the past:
8:00 – 9:00 Corporate Prayer (District Secretary Jim Spear and I will be present early and then excuse ourselves to complete preparations)
9:00 – 9:30 Board Orientation and transition to committee rooms (6 committees again as before)
9:30 – 11:30 Interviews (up to 30 minutes each) = 24 interviews
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch (with District Assembly information by Dr. Wilson)
12:30 – 2:30 Interviews (up to 30 minutes each) = 24 interviews
2:30 – 4:00 BOM Summary Session
As a general practice (although we are not strictly bound by this), we will begin with the new licensees, then move to the renewals, and then to the “pre-ordinands”.
The workshops being planned will take place twice each day, during the interviews (9:30 – 11:30 and 12:30 – 2:30), for those not in the interviews, as well as for the pastors present who are neither in interviews as candidates or as BOM members.
We are blessed to have Dr. Randy Cloud with us this year to present the workshops. All four sessions (two each day) will be identical, allowing those tied up during the morning in interviews or submitting pastoral report materials, to be present in the afternoon session, or to be present in the morning session if their other activities are in the afternoon.
Dr. Randy Cloud is chair of the Christian Ministry and Formation department at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. I have asked Dr. Cloud to present to us some material that he has produced on the theological “family tree” of the Church of the Nazarene, and other material that will help remind us of our theological roots as well as our identity within Christianity. He will also deal with some polity matters, which will also help our pastors and candidates. I believe this will be particularly helpful to our candidates and pastors during these days when we examine, among other things, our understanding of who we are as Nazarenes. The two hour workshop counts toward the 20 hours of lifelong learning required each year for ministers.
Also, we will be distributing a copy of Dr. John Bowling’s book on Grace-filled Leadership to all senior pastors present. Dr. Bowling is president of Olivet Nazarene University and was to be our speaker at the September SDMI Convention which was cancelled because of Hurricane Irma. We intended to distribute these books then, but will now do so this week.
During the lunch hour, I will be presenting some information regarding our upcoming District Assembly and Conventions, having just met with our Jurisdictional General Superintendent this week in California.
PLEASE BRING $10 FOR LUNCH
We are asking all candidates and pastors in attendance, who are not part of the BOM, to bring $10 to cover the cost of their lunch. This covers the cost of lunch for our BOM members also, who are volunteering two days of their time to this effort.
Thank you for serving! We are praying for two blessed days of fellowship, inspiration through testimonies of the call, encouragement by the BOM Members toward our candidates, and direction of the Spirit as He guides our proceedings.
Please be in prayer for district secretary Jim Spear, Administrative Assistant Marsha Taylor, Bookkeeper Vanessa Sackett, Dr. Randy Cloud, and the staff of our host churches as they serve us all this week.
CHURCH LOCATIONS FOR BOM:
Fort Myers First Church (Friday, February 16)
Pompano Beach First Church (Saturday, February 17)
Attached is a pdf of the Manual section, on requirements for the District Licensed Minister. Please review and familiarize yourself with it in depth.
ORDINATION INTERVIEWS TO TAKE PLACE MARCH 3 AT LPC3 — SOMETHING NEW!
In our preliminary review of applications, we have determined that we may have some 7 or 8 candidates for ordination this year. Wanting to give each of them an hour of time, and with 60 other candidates to interview, I am asking that these candidates interview first for renewal on Feb. 16 and 17 without their spouses and, if extended an invitation by the BOM for an ordination interview, the ordination interview will take place on Saturday, March 3 at LPC3. This is a new date on the calendar, and a change in the interview process on our district. Please make note of this change, and inform any candidates from your church. Candidates who do not interview with the BOM will not be recommended for a license or renewal. It is imperative that they be present one of these two days, and that they be on time, and present the entire day. We have some 70 candidates to interview and will only be able to accomplish that if they are on time and available when we are ready for them. Thank you for helping us spread the word!
ANNUAL PASTORS REPORTS AND APPORTIONMENTS
The Board of Ministry Day is also Pastors Prep Day. That means that Marsha Taylor and Vanessa Sackett will be present to help any pastors who need assistance in completing their Annual Pastors Report for District Assembly, and/or who may need to finalize payments on their local church apportionments for the 2017-18 fiscal year, or make payments for the new 2018-19 year. Please come prepared to finalize what is necessary for District Assembly. Thank you. Also remember that NMI is asking for local NMI reports to be completed and filed. An email is going out from the NMI with instructions on that.
THE LENTEN SEASON BEGINS
Today is Ash Wednesday, and the Lenten season begins. As we remember that, “from dust we have come and to dust we return”, may we be humbled and grateful for the grace extended to us in Jesus Christ. I pray this Lenten journey will be richly blessed of the Lord in your local church context, as you share in your communities a message of hope of new life in Christ.
See you all this Friday and Saturday!
Brian E. Wilson
Southern Florida District Church of the Nazarene