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District Conference 2018: UNITY

The beauty of God’s ways never gets old. Those who were present at Thursday session of our district conference experienced some of that beauty as we took in the messages from our three speakers. While each of the three had separate messages, one overall message went forth as well; the Spirit of God guided the details of the day. Derald Weber, Tom Foster, and Brent Colthorp all ministered concerning building the kingdom of God through winning souls to Him. I was so moved by the session; in fact, the district will be supplying CDs of all three of these messages to all of our pastors. Even if you were present, I strongly encourage you to listen to these messages again and again.

On Friday, our business session went very smoothly and yielded the following results:

The following district board appointees were ratified:

  • · Campground Committee - district superintendent and district secretary, Jim Manning,
  •    Bruce Maxwell, Brian Montgomery, and Mark Stanton
  • · Men’s Ministry Director – Jerry Dean
  • · Presbyters-at-Large – Lionel Thierry and Joseph Zambrano
  • · Women’s Ministries Secretary – Mikelle Maxwell

The following were elected or reelected:

  • · District Secretary – Randy Harper
  • · North American Missions Director – Derald Weber
  • · Youth Ministries Secretary – Drew Galloway
  • · Children’s Ministries Director – Tommy  Parker
  • · Children’s Ministries Secretary – Eddie Gorden

Three resolutions were presented to the conference, and the results are as follows:

  • · Resolution 1: Section 2 will be divided and will become sections 2 and 13 (similar to what happened over 20 years ago when section 1 became sections 1 and 12).
    • o All section 2 licensed ministers are requested to meet at First Pentecostal Church of Baton Rouge located at 2828 Jones Creek Road on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 10 am to decide the borderline between sections 2 and 13 and to hold separate elections for all offices of each of these sections.
  • · Resolution 2: The Louisiana Challenger will no longer be published.
  • · Resolution 3: The Eva United Pentecostal Church pastored by Daniel Cole will no longer be a part of section 9 but will become a part of section 7.
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As superintendent, I want to extend a special thank you to Hollie Nesmith for her years of service as our Women’s Ministries Secretary and to Josh Payne for his years of service as our Youth Ministries Secretary. Each of them did a wonderful job, and there is no question they will be rewarded for giving of themselves.

Though I have said it often, I will say it again: we are extremely blessed in this district with a spirit of unity among the ministry. I believe it is partly because of this that the Spirit of God was able to flow so freely at our conference as He coordinated what went forth across the pulpit.

Psalm 133

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore