Pastors’ Wives are Encouraged

“Words cannot describe our experience and all God did while we were with the Pastors’ wives in Poland! The conference went better than we expected!”

Words cannot describe our experience and all God did while we were there.

There were 21 ladies at the Pastor’s Wives Conference and 33 at the Church Growth Conference. We had God ordained opportunities to minister to several women and also their husbands. The conferences went better than we expected.

The buzz around the camp during the conferences was from the men saying things like, “Wow, it sounds like our women are getting really good things from the conference and I want to hear also.” We witnessed a woman saying she had enough material to share with the ladies in her church for six months, and others who said this conference was well worth the time to come.

We attended a small, but very influential church in a village on Sunday. We cried most of the service as we felt very humbled by the Lord and the people who attended. They loved on us and we will have those memories etched in our minds forever.

We praise God for the connection He made with SOS International so we could have this opportunity to be blessed beyond what we ever imagined.

Laurie Southwick, Tammy Benjamin

Calvary Community Church, Phoenix, Arizona

KACECE: Kongasis Christian Education Centre, Kenya

www.karibukacece.org

“The KACECE community will never be the same after the seminar.”

Dear Friends,

On October 28th – 1st November we hosted a very successful leadership seminar that was facilitated by Dr. Rich Frazer, the President of SOS International. SOS International trains and equips leaders all over the world in the area of Christian leadership, church planting, discipleship, evangelism, family ministries, community leadership and women’s ministries, among others. We are grateful SOS International accepted KACECE’s invitation to come.

The community leadership training was an eye-opener for the leaders. The experience has left both civic and Christian leaders united with one goal of serving God’s people. The church leaders saw how their lack of cooperation among them and their churches was destroying the church of Christ. Pastors who used to be suspicious of one another are now meeting every month to pray for and encourage one another. The Chief, after hearing of the importance of leaders having Christ-like character, has a new council of elders who are committed to serving the community instead of receiving.

It also changed individuals, especially men, by showing them how to provide godly leadership in their families.

The KACECE community will never be the same after the seminar.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Prof. Dr. Adam K. arap Chepkwony, Ph.D.

Dr. Charles Arn – Poland Pastors Conference

“The ideas, research, and plans for church growth that we shared gave them both new ideas, and new hope in how to reach out into their community.”

A few years ago it was my privilege to represent our ministry and Spiritual Overseers Service International in Poland for two weeks.

 

For three days pastors from the Evangelical Church of Poland and the Brethren Church of Poland gathered together, for the first time in their history, to learn about church growth. I had the honor of leading these pastors through seven hours of study, questions, and application of how their churches can be more effective Christian witnesses in a country that is not receptive to the message of Christ as proclaimed by the Protestant church.

 

Today Protestant churches struggle with how to effectively reach out and evangelize people in Poland. Nominal Catholicism is a barrier to presenting a vibrant Christian faith and relationship to Jesus Christ. Several pastors told me that the Catholic Church, itself, often undermines the ministry and message of local Protestant churches for fear of losing members and money. And, as the country becomes more independent and westernized, increasing secularization challenges the churches to creative new means of proclaiming a relevant Christian message.

 

In our church growth sessions together, we led pastors in a study of:

•  The necessary foundations on which to build and grow a church;

•  The most important church growth principle—social networks;

•  How to apply the social network principle in your church;

•  Welcoming new members and integrating them into the church family.

 

The ideas, research, and plans for church growth that we shared gave them both new ideas, and new hope in how to reach out into their community with the limited umber of resources, money, and people available to them.

As I reflect on my experience with these Polish church leaders, I am struck by the commitment they have to the pursuit of Christ’s mission in the face of daunting odds. Despite their churches’ cash limitations, small but faithful congregations and limited facilities, these men and women are giving a great deal to see the work of Christ accomplished.

 

I am both humbled and inspired by the dedication of these servants of Jesus Christ. And when things seem to be getting difficult in my own little world, I think about my Polish brothers and sisters with much less than I have, working much harder and sacrificing much more…and I am reminded to be about my Father’s business with a joyful heart and grateful soul.

Dr. Charles Arn, President of Church Growth, Inc.