We are looking forward to seeing you there. Many of you are familiar with Pastors Prep Days from years past and know what a wonderful time it is as the ministerial team gathers for this special day.
Much remains the same this year, but a few things are different, and so we offer some additional clarification in this letter:
LOCATIONS: PPD will NOT be held at Lake Placid this year, but at TWO DIFFERENT VENUES. On Friday, March 11 we will meet at Fort Myers First Church. On Saturday, March 12 we will meet at Pompano Beach First Church. By doing so, we hope to give more of our people options of convenience.
REGISTRATION: If you are a member of the Board of Ministry, you have been automatically registered to be in attendance both days. If you are currently a district-licensed minister, you will be registered for one of the two days. Those ministerial license candidates who live on the Gulf Coast and in the North Central Mission Area are registered automatically for the Fort Myers session, and all East Coast candidates will be automatically registered for the Pompano Beach session unless you call or email Marsha Taylor by March 5 and request otherwise. Because of the larger number of license candidates that live on the East Coast, we need about 20 of you to register for the Fort Myers session, please. If we have no volunteers by March 5, Marsha Taylor will begin contacting candidates and some may have to be assigned to the Fort Myers session. First-time license applicants need to contact the district office directly to inform us of the session you would like to attend. All other ministers, who are not on the Board of Ministry, and are not interviewing for a license or ordination, need to register with Marsha Taylor, in the district office Email Marsha Taylor by March 5 please.
CONFIRMATION OF YOUR REGISTRATION: A District E-News will be sent on March 8, with the listing of those who have registered, and the session they will be attending. The list will also be posted on the district website www.sfnazarene.org. Please note that you are expected to be in attendance all day for the event. Candidates for interviews will NOT be notified of a specific time slot for their interview, and need to be present when they are called. You will be able to enjoy the wonderful teaching ministry of Dr. Scott Daniels during the day, and we will pull you out of the session for your interview when it is time. Adjustments will most certainly be made throughout the day, so be flexible.
CORPORATE PRAYER TIME TO KICK OFF “45 DAYS OF PRAYER”! Each of the two days will begin with an hour of corporate prayer, led by Pascal Permis and Roy Shuck, as we kick off a “45 DAYS OF PRAYER” emphasis, beginning March 11 and leading up to the opening Sunday night session of District Assembly on April 25. If we truly believe that prayer touches Heaven and the throne of grace, this will be the most important hour of the day. Please get an early start if you are traveling and join the SFD ministerial team for a concert of prayer. I believe God has BIG plans for his church on this district. We need to seek Him and His direction and His anointing! I hope to see you there, bright and early at 8 a.m. each day!
LUNCH: A light lunch and refreshments will be provided by the host church. We ask that you bring $10 to help defray the cost of the meal and refreshments. You do need to register for the event by March 5 in order for us to plan to reserve a meal for you. If the $10 is prohibitive for you, please let us know and we will find a way to cover that cost for you if necessary.
“Should I attend one or both days?” – The members of the Board of Ministry will need to attend both days, in order to conduct the interviews of licensees with a full board present. However, the sessions with Dr. Daniels will be identical. You could attend both days to hear the same presentations a second time if you wish.
ANNUAL PASTORS REPORTS AND APPORTIONMENTS – You should really work to have your APR completed online BEFORE March 11-12. For those who need some help completing their report and determining the exact figure they owe on the apportionments, Marsha and Vanessa will be available at a computer station to help you. For those needing help, you should bring all the documentation and information with you so it can be input into the computer. The 2015-16 fiscal year apportionments should really be paid by Feb. 29, but we will continue to accept them in March if you need the additional time or need help determining what is owed.
TRANSLATION: Interpreters will be providing translation from English into Spanish and French/Creole for those in attendance. We will also try to have Dr. Daniels’ materials in those languages if he has any hand-outs for us.
DEADLINES: Please remember that the deadline for registering for this event is Saturday, March 5. The deadline for license and ordination candidates to submit their applications to Rev. Jim Spear, District Secretary, is March 5 as well. Please honor this deadline. We cannot guarantee you a spot in the interview schedule or at the event if you do not meet the deadline.
BRINGING FORMS AND DOCUMENTS WITH YOU: If you have not yet been able to secure some documentation for your courses, etc., and have not submitted them by March 5 to Rev. Jim Spear, please bring the documents with you to the session. We will still need them for your files and as we make decisions about your status.
NMI REPORTS AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLY FORMS: If, by March 5, you have not yet submitted your NMI Report online, Dr. Dennis Moore will be present to assist you. He encourages online completion of the report this year. If, by March 5, you have not submitted to Pastor Jim Spear your forms for District Assembly (Delegate List, Memoirs List, brief paragraph report, Directory Sheet, etc.), please bring those forms with you on March 11-12 and give these forms to Rev. Jim Spear (via Marsha Taylor if Jim is not available).