Jeffrey Johnson's Jersey Jaunt
This past Saturday, Jeff Johnson, our ABCOPAD Regional Pastor with Congregations, visited with our sisters and brothers to the east, in ABC New Jersey. He served as the keynote speaker for the plenary sessions of the annual COAL (Church Officers and Leaders) training event. Every year the event is held, one weekend in the southern part of the Garden State and a second weekend in the northern part of the state.
There were learning tracks for diacontate, trustees, Christian educators, and missions committee members. After speaking at the plenary, Jeff led the Pastors' Academy, focused on the four elements of 21st century discipleship — based on 1st century principles — as articulated in his article in a 2014 issue of The Christian Citizen.
In spite of two days of bad winter weather, hundreds turned out for the event. So many came that the venue had to be moved from a chapel at the host church, Shiloh Baptist in Trenton, to their main auditorium. And guess what..... Jeff will do it all over again next weekend!
ABCOPAD has a great relationship with ABCNJ, partnering together in many ways with shared mission trips, pastors' conferences, and joint ministry such as this. Be sure to pray for their staff under the leadership of their Executive Minister, Dr. Lee Spitzer, as you continue to pray for our staff.