GENERAL ASSEMBLY HIGHLIGHTS
The General Assembly elected Drs. Filimao Chambo and Carla Sunberg as the 42nd and 43rd General Superintendents, respectively, of the Church of the Nazarene. At the time of his election, Dr. Chambo was serving as regional director for the Africa region of the Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Sunberg, at the time of her election, was serving as president of Nazarene Theological Seminary.
USA/CANADA RECEIVES PRAISE IN THE BGS QUADRENNIAL REPORT
The following are excerpts from the Quadrennial Report of the Board of General Superintendents pertaining to the USA/Canada region:
• USA/Canada Region reports 33 different languages are used in primary worship services.
• 543 new churches were planted in the previous four years.
• USA/Canada region churches reported 104,217 new Nazarenes.
• Over $146,000,000 was given to the World Evangelism Fund by USA/Canada churches.
• USA/Canada churches reported over 203,000 conversions to Christ and over 78,000 baptisms.
• The USA/Canada membership growth has been most pronounced in cross-cultural efforts.
• 74.1% of the total membership of the Church of the Nazarene (2.4 million) is located outside of the USA/Canada region.
• Currently, USA/Canada contributes around 95% of World Evangelism Fund giving.
NOTE: The USA/Canada Region is seeing the beginning of a church multiplication movement. Regional Director Dr. Robert Broadbooks reports that during the period of 2012–2016, the region saw 653 newly registered churches, more than any other 5-year period since 1955–1959. These new churches totaled nearly 16,000 in morning worship, realized 7,104 conversions, and accounted for $28.5 million total income. A New Church Prayer Force, 2,000 strong, is praying for the goal of 10,000 new churches by 2030.
To view the entire BGS Quadrennial Report, go to:
MULTICULTURAL MINISTRIES STRATEGIC TEAMS MEET
In later summer, several of the ethnic groups within Multicultural Ministries met to pray over the future and strategize their plans for ministry in the coming year in the USA/Canada Region. Among these groups were the Haitian Strategic Readiness Team, the Chinese Strategic Readiness Team, the Korean Strategic Readiness Team, the Black Ministries Strategic Readiness Team, Multicultural Congregation Strategic Readiness Team [pictured], and the Hispanic Strategic Readiness Team. The Filipino Ministries Leaders' Conference will be held in October.
BLACK MINISTRIES STRATEGIC READINESS TEAM
The Black Ministries Strategic Readiness Team for the Church of the Nazarene recently met. These leaders are: Front Row (Left to Right) - Rev. David Solomon, Minister Cassandra Trotman, Rev. Shane Burt-Miller for Rev. Althea Taylor, and Rev. Dianne Adams-Bonner. Back Row (Left to Right) - Rev. Charles Tillman, Rev. Montague Williams, Rev. Sidney Mitchell, and Dr. John Wright
KOREAN MINISTRIES STRATEGIC READINESS TEAM
The Korean Ministries Strategic Readiness Team for the USA/Canada Region includes: Front Row (Left to Right) - Rev. Sung-Heon (David) Lee, Dr. Roberto Hodgson, Dr. In Gyeong (Kim) Lundell, and Rev. Jae Wood Cheon. Middle Row (Left to Right) - Rev. Kae Sun Lee, Rev. John Won Kyu Lee, and Rev. Moo Joo Lee. Back Row (Left to Right) - Rev Jaehyung Son, Rev. Young Bum Lee, and Rev. Song Chon Chon.
CHURCH PLANTING TRAINING HOSTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY
A great part of evangelism comes from starting new churches. This month, you can attend Church Planting Training sessions on the New England District, at Trevecca Nazarene University, or in Sterling, Illinois.
For full information: www.usacanadaregion.org/events
ENGAGE THE WORLD
Engage the Word’s scriptural emphasis began on September 24 and runs through November 7. To see available resources: www.usacanadaregion.org/ministries/sdmi
CAMP MEETINGS FLOURISH
Camp meetings are still alive and flourishing in 40 Nazarene campgrounds across the United States as younger families learn about this resource on many districts. Over the years, an estimated 43 million Nazarenes have attended camp meetings, with 6,700 coming to faith in Christ through camps last year.