Friday, November 26, 2010

Preaching Conference at PIU

Last week the Pacific Islands Evangelical Seminary of PIU hosted a 3-day preaching conference at the Reef Hotel on Guam. Our main speaker was Dr Mark Mitchell from Central Peninsula Church in Foster City, California. Our seminary dean Dr. Eric Sorenson also spoke for one session and served as the MC of the event. The conference was designed to provide basic training in how to prepare biblical sermons or lessons for people who regularly, or occasionally, preach or teach from the Word. We had about 75 people attend the event and most of them were enthusiastic that we should follow up with another conference soon. It was great to see so many people from so many of the local churches and ministries attending. Our desire is that PIU and PIES become a valuable resource to the churches of Guam and Micronesia.
One of the best parts of the conference was to be able to sit and interact with people from various churches. I think it was great for the pastors who need to prepare something every week to get some other perspectives and input. 
The PIU faculty and staff enjoyed lunch with Mark out at Jeff's Pirate Cove. They still make a great fish sandwich out there. 
Eric, Samantha and Celia did a great job planning the conference. The conference was a great way to introduce our seminary to the island. We had several attendees say that they were seriously considering taking some courses at PIES in the near future. Hopefully, I will see some of them in my Basic Bible Exegesis course in January. 

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