Good News – September 2019

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Fall Pastor’s Forum Features Leadership Expert Steve DeNeff

Registration is open NOW for the Fall Pastor’s Forum, slated for Monday, October 14th. Pastors and church leaders will be challenged, encouraged and equipped by this fall’s featured speaker, Dr. Steve DeNeff.

SNU’s President, Dr. Keith Newman, said of this sought-after presenter and leadership expert, “Pastors will find Steve to be one of the most brilliant and stimulating speakers they will have the opportunity to hear, and I urge our partners in ministry to join us for this upcoming Pastor’s Forum.”

Dr. DeNeff currently serves as senior pastor of College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana and has more than thirty-five years of pastoral experience. Steve has authored a number of books and travels extensively as a speaker and ministry trainer.

The Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership at SNU is offering this event for only $20 per person. Forum hours are 9:00am to Noon, and Life-Long Learning Credits are available. You can register for the Forum HERE and select how you plan to attend – with the presenter at SNU, live streamed on your computer, or, with a small group at a host site near you. Register today and we’ll save a spot for you!

Serve in Chihuahua – Join the COM2MEX Team Today!

October 1, 2019 is the deadline to register for this year’s COM2MEX, SNU’s annual Work and Witness trip for all ages. Chihuahua, Mexico is the destination and December 27, 2019 to January 2, 2020 are the dates. There are spots still available for willing hearts with helping hands. Teams are forming to serve those with medical needs, hold sports camps for underserved kids, reach out to neighborhoods through VBS, offer your skills for much-needed construction projects, and more.

Your cost is only $595 per person from El Paso, Texas, including transportation from Nazarene Border Initiative in El Paso, hotel and meals in Chihuahua, and materials and resources for ministry. The need is great, and your gifts and skills can impact the work in Chihuahua for eternity! Learn more about COM2MEX HERE. You must register by October 1st. Ready to serve? JOIN NOW!

SNU “Seeks First” with Verse of the Year

The Southern Nazarene University campus family has adopted as their Verse of the Year, Matthew 6:33, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The Verse of the Year, an initiative created by SNU’s president, Dr. Keith Newman, is now in its third year and visual reminders can be found in offices, hallways and gathering places around the campus. Introduced at this year’s Faculty-Staff Convocation by Dr. Blair Spindle, Campus Pastor and Dean of the Chapel, the verse reflects Dr. Newman’s challenge to new students at their Dedication Service to “Seek First and Live Last.”

With prayer cards for desks, and screen savers and phone backgrounds to download, the annual verse adoption has grown to be a connecting point for faculty, staff and students in their spiritual journeys.

Reflecting on the verse, Dr. Newman said, “Matthew 6:33 is meaningful to SNU on so many levels. We want every decision, action, and conversation to be measured by the question, ‘Did we seek first God’s wisdom and guidance, so SNU can be all that He wants it to be?’ I invite every alumni and friend of SNU to join us as we strive to Seek First and Live Last.” “My deepest desire is to have people around the globe praying daily for SNU,” he added.

Visit to access resources that will serve as a daily reminder to “Seek First – Live Last.”

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