When I was a local church pastor, at least for the first 15 years, I had never heard of PELC even though it is “the largest continuous gathering of Seventh-day Adventist pastors and leaders in the world.” PELC, short for Pastoral Evangelism & Leadership Council takes place in Huntsville, Alabama every year in December. I first attended it 4 years ago, haven’t missed since. This year’s event is Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm through Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm.
Here is why you should go:
1. Some of the best preaching in the planet.
One of the speakers last year, preaching on Noah said: “Noah ministered based on imagination not memory.” He was talking about the need to be relevant to the present, not live in the past. The messages you will hear in PELC will move you. Some of the best preachers in Adventism are there. Great content, very inspirational, and being in a room with 2,000 of your closest Adventist friends is unbeatable. Check out the lineup below. Google some of these guys and you will see what I am talking about!
Featured Speakers: Dr. Ralph West, Church Without Walls, Houston, TX; Dr. Gene Donaldson, Capitol Hill Church, Washington, DC; Dr. Mansfield Edwards, President, Ontario Conference; Pastor Lola Moore, Panama City Church; Dr. Daniel Jackson, President, North American Division; Pastor Furman Fordham, Riverside Chapel, Nashville, TN.
2. It fosters diversity.
This is a hard truth no one likes to talk about. So I will. I often see minorities that attend programs/events organized primarily by Caucasians. Regrettably, I can’t say the opposite is true. It’s time to change that. This event, although organized and attended primarily by the Regional Conferences is open to EVERYONE. I don’t pastor an African American church yet I found the preaching, seminars and spirit to be both applicable and relevant to my own context. You will leave inspired.
PECL offers a Spanish Language Track, with engaging speakers and a separate program for spouses.
See below. There isn’t another conference that gives you that bang for your buck. None.
$29 Early-bird Full Attendee/Graduate Students now through August 28, 2014 $39 Regular Full Attendee/Graduate Students August 29, 2014 through December 4, 2014 $15 Spouse (when combined with a full attendee) now through December 4, 2014 $15 One-Day-Only (Monday or Tuesday) now through December 4, 2014
$10 Boot Camp now through December 4, 2014
To guarantee your place, please register ASAP. Register online or call PlusLine at (800) 732-7587. AdventSource/PlusLine will process registrations for this event through December 4, 2014. All major credit cards accepted.
4. Relevant seminars.
I sit in the organizing committee. One thing is clear: this committee (that meets monthly, year-round) goes to extreme lengths to make sure the seminars are relevant, done by practitioners not just theorists, and can provide principles that can be applied to the life of the church. There are also boot camps, that are longer seminars on specific areas.
Boot Camps: The three Boot Camps run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The cost to attend a Boot Camp is $15. They will run concurrently in three different buildings.
Taking Your Preaching to the Next Level Boot Camp: Back by popular demand! This preaching boot camp was so popular last year that the demand to go to another level was overwhelming. Dr. Knight is a gifted preacher who is just as gifted as a teacher of preachers. You will take home principles that will revolutionize your preaching. Don’t miss it.
Presenter: Dr. Wesley Knight.
Growing Your Church by Growing Disciples Boot Camp: Let Dr. Jones help you lead your church through the challenging process of change. You will receive cutting edge principles that work for churches large and small. You will learn to avoid the change traps that have plagued pastors and leaders. You will discover the keys to move your church from maintenance to mission.
Presenter: Dr. Gordon Jones.
Managing Change in the Local Church Boot Camp: Dr. Ross is a gifted ministerial director, pastor and presenter. His local congregation has become a model for healthy church growth. He is an authority on developing the local church by developing the local church members. His principles will teach you how to have steady growth all year long, without a public campaign.
Presenter: Dr. Compton Ross.
Who Should Attend: All pastors and church leaders are invited to attend.
The theme this year is “3:16.” Each session and sermon is designed to help us discover again how the gospel should be at the center of every ministry and message.
I hope to see you there.
Next week: five reasons you should go to Evangelism Council.