The Pacific Union Conference Ministerial Department has announced the dates and location for Ministerial Council—the first in-person union event held for pastors, chaplains, theology students, and conference/union leaders since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hundreds of pastors and leaders from around the union will gather in Tucson, Arizona, for this three-day event, held August 16-18, 2021.
“More than ever, we need one another and the Spirit of God at work in our midst,” shared Pacific Union Ministerial Director Bradford Newton. “To experience preaching that heals and gives hope, teaching that explores new paths forward, and togetherness that restores and nourishes will be the catalyst for writing that next chapter of your ministry calling.”
The Pacific Union Conference Ministerial Council brings the entire clergy team of our union together every five years for inspiration, fellowship, worship, and practical teaching on Scripture and topics unique to the ministry of pastor leaders.
This event’s theme, “So Send I You,” comes from Jesus’ words in John 20:21, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
“The theme focuses on Jesus the healer, the Word of truth to His people and the world,” Newton said. “The Servant of God’s love to all people is the guiding principle for this council.”
Core aspects of this event include preaching for healing and hope, teaching that challenges ministry leaders to new pathways forward, and the emotional nourishment and spiritual restoration that comes from being together.
Plenary session speakers include North American Division (NAD) President G. Alexander Bryant, Adventist Health (AH) Spiritual Care Executive Sam Leonor, Southern California Conference Lead Pastor Cherise Gardner, and Southeastern California Conference Executive Secretary Jonathan Park.
Seminar session speakers include NAD Ministerial Associate Director Jose Cortes, North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Vice President for Hispanic Ministries Cesar DeLeon, NPUC Assistant Director for Hispanic Ministries Carolann DeLeon, Oregon Conference Lead Pastor Kara Johnsson, AH Portland Vice President of Mission Integration Terry Johnsson, Pacific Union Conference PARL Director Alan Reinach, Pacific Union College Professor of Applied Theology James Wibberding, and Northern California Conference President Marc Woodson.
Participants are encouraged to note that all State of Arizona and event location health and safety protocols related to COVID-19 will be carefully adhered to at this event.