Pacific Union Hosts NAD Asian-Pacific Pastors’ Convention
Pastors from across the U.S., Canada, Guam-Micronesia, and Bermuda gathered in Ontario, California, from May 13-16 for the North American Division (NAD) Asian-Pacific Pastors’ Convention. About 400 pastors and spouses registered for the convention.
“The convention brought our pastors a renewed passion for study of the Bible and helped them embrace the relevance of planting and growing healthy churches,” said VicLouis Arreola, director of Asian-Pacific Ministries for both the NAD and Pacific Union Conference. “This gathering was an upper room experience that prepared them to meet the challenges of these end times and finishing the work.”
“It was a wonderful experience to bring the [pastoral] team together,” said Tony Anobile, NAD vice president for Multilingual Ministries. “The speakers were really focusing on the journey that pastors have and their relationship with Jesus. Vic and [his team] brought in people to provide training seminars and education on how to better their personal life, their ministries, and their families. The event showed that, in the NAD, there is diversity, but also unity of purpose and spirit.”
According to Arreola, this is the third NAD-wide Asian-Pacific pastors’ convention to be hosted. As the host of conventions in years past, the Pacific Union extended invitations to other unions. Now, NAD Asian-Pacific conventions bring Asian-Pacific pastors together once every three years, and Pacific Union conventions continue to be hosted yearly.
For Arreola and his team, who work to provide this opportunity for those in ministry, the NAD convention is a time to celebrate the diversity of and ministry to 33 different cultural language groups. The convention is also an opportunity for the Asian-language advisories to meet, plan, and renew their mission and vision for reaching the communities in this division.