This is our inaugural POPS Follow Up! Every month we’ll invite a pastor to update our CCD family about our meetings. Even if you can’t be with us in person, you are with us Spirit.
Our focus for this month’s POPS meeting was multiplying leaders in our local churches.
Rev. Scott Whalen, our new Assistant District Superintendent, brought us a refreshing devotional from 2 Corinthians 4. Then he led us in prayer for each of the pastors present. It was such an encouraging way to begin our time together.
Before introducing our guest speaker, Dr. McKain (@lmckain) reminded us about our upcoming Cultivate conference in November (Note: lead pastors who were unable to attend this month, please contact Carlos Castillejos @cgildo for an information packet for your local church). And he took a few moments to lay out 10 District Commitments, including a commitment to prayer, pastoral care, leadership support, and various initiatives to care for our pastors’ families. A full document will be available in the POPS folder on Dropbox soon.
Meet Mark Bane
We welcomed as our guest speaker Rev. Mark Bane who currently serves as USA/Canada Regional Director of Church Health & Church Multiplication for the Church of the Nazarene. Having pastored congregations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Georgia, Mark has also served as the district superintendent for the Joplin District in Missouri (where he launched 50 new churches in 4 years!) before taking on his current role.
Mark is adept at connecting lessons he’s learned from Bible stories to his own life experiences.
He started with James 5:17 by talking about the prophet Elijah: he was just a person like you and me, yet by the power of prayer Elijah was able to impact the weather. In the same way, we can only make our impact in the world today through the power of prayer, and we have zero impact without the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us. The key to being effective in God’s Kingdom, Mark reminded us, is getting on our faces in prayer. The closer to God we are, the more the power of the Holy Spirit manifests in our work and daily lives.
Mark also reminded us that God’s will is that all would come to repentance and that God is wooing every lost soul—so our job as witnesses to the transformative power of the Holy Spirit is to boldly proclaim the Gospel.
Sweet Hour of Prayer
To help, Mark outlined a plan for spending at least an hour in prayer on a regular basis, based on Philippians 4:6-7:
- Don’t be anxious (15 minutes to pour out your anxieties. Rev. Bane calls this the noisy time)
- With prayer and thanksgiving (15 minutes to be grateful. Mark asked us: What if you woke up tomorrow and all you had were the things you thanked God for today?)
- Present (15 minutes to give God your requests)
- Receive (15 minutes to allow God to speak to you)
See you at our next POPS! Pastors on Purpose—October 2017
Guest speaker: Kevin Donoho, Lead Pastor of CrossBridge Community Church of the Nazarene, Ottawa, IL
Presentation: Developing Church Health Through Multi-Site Partnerships
Thursday, October 5, 2017
9:00 AM–11:30 AM
Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene