Established in 1959, the Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. located in Dunn, North Carolina is an icon in the Christian world with hundreds of churches and ministers ready to serve you. The Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church is a Full Service church organization that offers complete ministry. Located just off Interstate 95 in Dunn, North Carolina is the PFWB Resource Center, our mail headquarters building, and Heritage Bible College, our fully accredited four year Bible college. Also located on our property is Crusader Youth Camp, our fully functional camp facility.

 

The Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church is a Full Service Christian organization offering a variety of ministries for every member of the family and every segment of society. Our main ministry departments are World Witness (Missions), Men's Ministry, Women's Ministry, Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry, Discipleship Ministries, and Family Life Ministries. As a denomination, we provide a covering for all clergy and churches of the PFWB. Located just off I-95 near Dunn, NC The Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church also operates Heritage Bible College, a four year fully accredited Bible college, and  Crusader Youth Camp, a fully functional campground. Two major annual events sponsored by the PFWB are the Arby Carter Memorial Lectures in February and the Annual Campmeeting in July, both on the campus of Heritage Bible College.

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CAMPMEETING

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ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Back Porch Pondering – By Sue Hunter
-From The Messenger, Nov/Dec 2009 Issue

During one of my few relaxing moments this fall I thought on how meaningful the Annual Camp Meeting was in celebrating 50 Years and Counting”. God’s Holy Spirit was constantly with us in worship, in ministering the Word, in communion, and in fellowship. There seemed to be a unity stronger among our people and ministers than I have ever felt in the past. The love and concern about each other as a body of believers emanated into a binding agent as we all reflected on the past and began looking freshly forward to the future.One of the impressionable activities, to me, of this year’s Camp Meeting was the recognition/reception for ministers at the end of the first Sunday evening. Many people worked very diligently to make this a special time of fellowship for the ministers and spouses with others on the same gospel mission. As I looked around the room I saw many tired servants of the Lord still showing forth encouraging smiles as they drew strength from each other.Remembering the unselfish acts of our conference leaders in organizing this event, I took one more sip of coffee while sitting on my back porch. The cool breeze of the beginnings of fall blew and I thought, “This is why the Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church has become as successful as it has today”. The unconditional love and care from Godly leaders towards the ministers of the Gospel and the upholding of one another in prayer to drive on through adversity spreading the Word that Jesus still saves. These are the reasons why God has blessed our denomination.

Even though we are Celebrating 50 Years and Counting, the beginning of this great denomination was rooted many years ago as the preaching and fellowship of ministers like Rev Paul Randall, Rev Joseph Parker and Rev William Parker in the 1700’s empowered this pilgrimage. Their support of one another strengthened their determination to lead many to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The leadership of Rev Reading Moore of South Carolina and North Carolina’s James Turnage, William Harris and Elder John Williams assisted in the organization of the conference to guide and direct churches in unity of their physical and spiritual growth.

You have men like G W Cashwell, H H Goff, Willis B Strickland, J A Blalock, C A Jackson, Hannibal Jernigan, James B Barefoot, and others who became a few of our great forefather leaders in receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost which gave strength and sanctification not only to themselves but to our ministers and numerous individuals. So many ministers and leaders of the Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church denomination fought
a great fight for the gospel’s sake and stayed faithful to their calling because of the mercy of the Lord and the support of each other. (Exodus 17:12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. KJV)

In these last 50 years it has been the capable and enduring leadership from Godly men such as Dr. Herbert Carter, Dr. Don Sauls, and Dr. Preston Heath which has made our denomination one of the greatest spiritual life impacting movements of today. The promotion and prayers from these and many other conference leaders have given the ministers under their charge the support and inspiration needed to continue on their journey to harvest the fields. (Matthew 9:37) Along with the respect and submission of the ministers towards each other, this denomination will grow spiritually beyond what was ever imagined in its beginning and the souls for the Kingdom will supersede what our minds can comprehend.

Rocking away the time on my back porch, I swelled with gratitude to be a part of these Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church ministers and fervently prayed that they may be strong footed, bold, and compassionate as they continue their voyage through the sea of life sailing in the mighty hand of God; with thankfulness for the influence, reinforcement, and concern of our conference leaders toward the denomination’s ministers and their families. Above all, we are engulfed with reverence and indebtedness to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. May He receive all glory, honor and praise. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.)

Camp Meeting Worship – Connecting with God – By Buster West
– From The Messenger, May/June 2010 Issue

For as long as I can remember the Dunn Camp Meeting has been the highlight of the year for the Pentecostal Freewill Baptists. It has always been a time of refreshing, renewal, and revival. As I write this article I am reminded of Camp Meetings past when Dr. Bill Ellis led the choir and congregation in worship. Those services impacted me in ways that I didn’t even realize until years later when I was blessed with the opportunity to lead worship myself.Many things make the worship experience at Camp Meeting special. In my opinion, the key to these wonderful services is the connection that is made with God by his people. For the next few moments I would like to share with you my thoughts on the connection we can make with God in not only Camp Meeting services but our weekly church services and personal devotion time as well.One day last summer a group of teenagers and counselors, in a worship celebration at youth camp, were joyously clapping and lifting hands as they sang. The music was loud, upbeat, and energetic. The crowd clapped in time with the beat and sang praises to the Lord.

Across town at the very same moment a group of adults were meeting together in their regular Wednesday evening prayer meeting at their church. The room was totally quiet. The group was considering how God had been so good to them. When they did speak, they lifted prayers for friends and loved ones who didn’t have a personal relationship with the Lord. Then they prayed for others they knew who had medical conditions that would require the attention of doctors and even hospital stays for some.

And across town, that same evening a single mom knelt down and smiled as she watched her two young children sleeping soundly. She thanked God for the precious gift He had given her in them. Yes, she missed her husband who had died a few months ago, but she sensed a peace inside because she knew God would take care of her and her

These situations were very different from one another. The types of worship were also different but they had one thing in common. In each case the person connected with God. They experienced genuine worship.

The Bible tells us that Enoch walked with God, enjoying such a close fellowship with the Lord that he never died. He just left this world and entered the other one as a natural experience. Isaiah, seeing the Lord in a vision, fell on his face and cried out for forgiveness. Jonah worshiped God from the belly of a fish. Solomon assembled choirs, trumpeters and people to parade in a grand praise celebration at the dedication of the new temple in Jerusalem. Jeremiah wept as he preached God’s message of judgment.

And, of course, our greatest example is the Lord Himself: Jesus preached in synagogues but also in open fields, from a boat and in private gatherings with His disciples. He healed the blind and raised the dead. He cried out of His heart in Gethsemane, and again from the cross. He encouraged Mary, who came to the tomb on Easter Sunday morning.

What did these occasions have in common? They represent different types of expressions and experiences, but once again, in each case the persons involved connected with God the Father. They worshiped.

Gordon Dahl has rightly noticed, “Most middle class Americans tend to worship their work, work at their play, and play at their worship.” That’s not how it’s supposed to be.

If we don’t understand worship, if we don’t first connect with God, we have no real power to accomplish what we are to do as God’s people. If we’re not worshiping, it’s highly unlikely that we will be involved in missions. If we’re not connecting with God we’re not going to be in a right fellowship with one another either. When trying to understand worship, we must also consider the things that worship is not.

Worship is not about where we are. It’s not about whether we’re in a worship center, a school cafeteria or beside our beds. Instead, worship occurs inside our hearts.

Worship is not an event. It’s an action. Just because you’re in attendance doesn’t mean you’re going to worship. Worship doesn’t happen by osmosis. Worship is a choice, and a choice each person must make for himself.

Worship is not about merely singing. I often hear folks describing the church where they attend by saying something like, “Well, I really enjoy our worship there. The preaching’s okay too, but I really enjoy the worship.” Or, others will say, “Well, the worship isn’t as good as I’d like it, but I really enjoy the preaching.” No! They are BOTH worship! Worship is not about what style we sing, how well we sing it, how it’s accompanied or what book it’s from.

Worship is not about entertainment. There’s nothing wrong with applause or quality being emphasized in how we present truths. There’s nothing wrong with using state of the art technological advances to help present truths. But worship can and should occur with or without music, PowerPoint, streaming video, lighting, lasers, choreography, or Ipods.

Worship is not about hymns vs. choruses, raising hands or not raising hands. In fact, if we engage in a verbal shout down with someone over these elements of worship, it’s obvious that we’re not people who have recently worshiped at all…It’s obvious we aren’t truly “connecting” with God.

Worship is not about whether it’s private or public. Worship can be a private and intimate time alone with God. We should also heed the New Testament instruction in Hebrews and be a people who are “not forsaking the assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.” And we should understand and be of the same mind of David when he wrote in the Old Testament, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’”

John 4:23 and 24 says, “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Worship is definitely not about style. Jesus’ words to the woman at the well, mentioned above, were referring specifically to a difference in style of worship. The Samaritans, hated by the Jews and considered halfbreeds by them, worshipped on Mt. Gerazim. Their worship celebrations were known for excitement. They were loud and rambunctious. There was lots of “spirit” in their expressions. However, there was almost no truth being presented.

The Samaritans didn’t even accept anything as Scripture except the first 5 books of the Bible, The Law. The Jews worshiped in the temple in Jerusalem. Their focus was on truth, the Law. They studied it, read it, focused on it, wrote commentaries about it, even added to it, and insisted on obeying the commandments they viewed to be God’s principles. There was little, if any, enthusiasm or excitement. They certainly were not rambunctious or spontaneous.

What Jesus was explaining, is that genuine worship is to be focused on truth, and to also let it touch our hearts and move to express those truths in spirited, enthusiastic, and joyful expressions.

Unfortunately, the condition Jesus was describing back then is still true today. There are churches that are great in their enthusiastic worship. They sing praises, they rejoice, they get excited and enthusiastic about worshiping the Lord. However, what truth they are taught is as shallow and thin as the paper our sermon notes are printed on.

Then there are churches that pride themselves on being churches of the book. They study the Bible in small groups, large groups, special conferences and seminars. They memorize the Bible from cover to cover…and that’s fine. However, their worship gatherings are BORING! They are what I call Churches of the Deep Freeze. These are groups the late Christian humorist, Grady Nutt, used to refer to when he said, ”Sometimes when I speak in churches, where there should be so much joy, I take a look at the people there, and have to stop and tell them, ‘Brothers and sisters, if you love the Lord, then notify your face!’”

We sing a song at Antioch, part of which says, “Let everything I say and do be founded on my faith in You. I lift up holy hands and sing, Let the praises ring!” The key line in that song is “let everything I say and do be founded on my faith in You”.

In closing, we refer to yet another song we sing at Antioch, expressing this idea of worship being played out in our lives of obedience in response to having connected with God. The words say it this way,

Consecrate me now to Thy Service Lord by the power of grace divine.

Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope and my will be lost in Thine.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord to the cross where Thou hast died.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord to Thy precious bleeding side.

What Campmeeting Means To Me – By Leonard Wiggins
– From The Messenger, October 2006 Issue
In 1962, shortly after the Congregational Church was founded, Brother Raymond Tarkenton, the founding pastor, (through his friend Marshal Stewart) contacted Brother Herbert Carter, the General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, to come to Chesapeake, Virginia to meet with the new church. During this visit, Brother Carter arranged
for Brother Tarkenton to come to Dunn and be ordained with the PFWB Church during the 1962 annual conference. He said as many of our members as possible should come and see the ordination service and attend camp meeting.I was 36 years old at this time and all I saw at the conference was older people. However, that night at camp meeting our group made friends with Condary and Pat Ellis and several other young people. This was my first camp meeting. It was held in the chapel of what we now call Heritage House. The music was great and there was such a sweet spirit in the service that I don’t know when I have enjoyed a service so much.After the service, Brother Carter asked that all the people from our church come to the parsonage across from the Heritage House. Unbelievably, Brother Carter turned out two freezers of the best homemade ice cream imaginable using his left hand.We went home from camp meeting rejoicing and could hardly wait until the next year for the time of camp meeting to arrive. Again the services went well and again more homemade ice cream from Brother Carter. By the next year Brother Carter knew we were hooked on camp meeting so he cut out our ice cream. He had led our church to become associated members of the Pentecostal Free Will Baptist denomination.In 1964 the present tabernacle was built and Brother C.M. Ward, the Assembly of God radio minister, was the speaker. Moving to larger facilities made camp meeting even better. By then I was getting to know more of the people who attended camp meeting; and since I am a people person, this made coming to camp meeting even more exciting.I have found that at each camp meeting something funny will happen. At the 1964 meeting, Brother Carter stated that in order to pay for the new chairs he wanted everyone to purchase the chair they were sitting in. After the meeting closed, Brother Carter headed home.One of the senior citizens came running after him with his chair in his hand. When he caught up with him, he asked Brother Carter if he could also buy a chair to take home to his wife.

Arriving for the first service at camp meeting is just like a homecoming. Everyone you have not seen for a year is so glad to see you and you are glad to see them. There are certain people that you are accustomed to seeing at each meeting. If you don’t see them, you become concerned and look for someone who will have information about them. Our friend Henry Whittenton always gives me nine dollars so he can be sure that I have an offering each night and one for Sunday morning.

Camp Meeting provides a time of spiritual renewal. When you arrive at the tabernacle and surrounding grounds, it becomes an oasis from all the mundane clamor of the world’s turmoil and conflicts. Talking with brothers and sisters of like, precious faith in Christ is so refreshing and renewing. When Brother Wiley West (Buster) leads the choir, you feel the Holy Spirit at work. Heaven comes down and floods your soul. It is just so great to be able to separate yourself from the cares of life and for awhile just relax and let the Holy Spirit feed you.

After eight days of camp meeting, I am so pumped up that I know I will be able to return to my church and be a blessing. Camp Meeting draws you closer to the Lord and refreshes you in the Spirit. I have always been involved in Sunday School. I especially enjoyed attending camp meeting when it was held in August because the new Sunday School year starts in September and I felt like I could lick the devil and get the new Sunday School year started on a positive note.

Part of the enjoyment of camp meeting is eating out with friends in the many great restaurants in the area. This year we had fifteen people from our church in attendance.

On the first Sunday of camp meeting, Louise and I have made it a tradition for the past eleven years to attend the Pikeville Church where our friends, Don and Marie Sauls, pastor. This gets us in the mood for camp meeting. On the second Sunday, we usually attend Stoney Run. However, this year we were blessed to attend Calvary Tabernacle with our friends, Brother and Sister Larry Smith. Our daughter Mary and her husband Lenny have developed a love of camp meeting. I am proud to see this so the Wiggins family will have another generation in attendance.

Louise and I have not missed a camp meeting since 1962. Each year seems to get better. There have been years when the rain was so loud on the tin roof that we could barely hear the speaker, but we still enjoyed the loving spirit that we felt. In years past, Brother Bill Ellis led the singing and it was worth the trip to see him get happy and dance in the spirit.

Doctors Carter, Sauls, and Heath have done a great job in conducting the camp meetings. We thank the Lord that since 1981, we have not missed a single service.

If the Lord continues to bless us with good health, we will strive to attend every future service. May God bless our Camp Meeting and the Pentecostal Free Will Baptist denomination.
P.S. – Still hoping for another freezer of homemade ice cream!

The State of the Church Address General Conference 2006
– By General Superintendent Preston Heath
– From The Messenger, October 2006 Issue

Introduction

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “If you desire a different destination, you must take a different road.”

In the year 1996 when I became your General Superintendent, the general conference mandated changes developed from the grass roots of our church. Our people knew what was needed and where they wanted to go with this movement.

In the year 2002 I came before you with a vision for our church. That vision was long term, with some short term wins.

As the Chinese proverb states, there has to be a different road if we want a different destination. The Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church has signs in many areas that we are taking a different road. Let me speak to five of those areas.

I – Where We Are and What We Know About Church Planting

We know that during the 1990’s American churches lost 2,765 people annually, while America lost 72.11 churches per week and opened only 24 per week.

We know that “No county in the US has a higher percentage of churched people than it did 10 years ago.” (Charles Arn)

We know that America ranks third behind China and India in the number of unsaved people. We are the third largest nation in the world in need of evangelism. There are more than 200 million un-churched people in America. We are only second to Brazil in the number of missionaries received. (Arden Adamson)

We know that when most of our churches started, 85% of the American people lived in the country and small towns. Only 15% lived in cities. Today the opposite is true. Recent generations have moved to the city to go to college and to find work.

We know that new churches grow faster than older churches. C. Peter Wagner said, “The single most effective way to evangelize is to plant a new church.”

We know that the priority and the mandate of God for the Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church is the “Great Commission.” It is Jesus our commander-in-chief that commands and commissions us to go into all the world and preach the gospel. The PFWB Church has stretched and pushed our people to give financially and will continue to do so, that we might preach the Word and plant churches in foreign lands. God had honored us with an abundant harvest in mission ministry. Now our mission fields are sending missionaries to other countries to evangelize the lost. What a harvest God has given to us.

For us to continue to grow globally we must grow locally. Lyle Schaller said, “There are two primary reasons evangelical church organizations in America have started; to plant new churches and to send out foreign missionaries…. Whenever a church organization moves away from one or both of these missions; without exception it goes into decline.”

In 2002, I called for a Church Planting Task Force to be formed under the leadership of theWorld Witness Department. Together we developed a strategy we call, “Bridging the Gap.” Five years ago, “Bridging the Gap” was just a vision. Today, God is helping us to “Bridge the Gap” in several areas.

We targeted the five fastest growing population centers that are near our existing churches and began to bridge the gap between those existing churches by planting new churches. Let’s see what God has done in the last few years.

In the Raleigh, North Carolina area, Randy and Gwen Carter have launched Rolesville Community Church (formerly WakePointe Church).

In the Wilmington, NC/Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area we have seen two churches planted. Tony Phillips has launched Eternal Life Church in Little River, SC and Jerome Bullard is launching Bridge of Life Community Church in Leland, NC.

The General Board of Directors has approved the establishment of the State of Virginia as a District. In the District of Virginia we have Theresa Ramsey that launched Hosanna Fellowshipin Stafford; Michael and Gloria Howard that have started Solid Rock Ministries in Mechanicsville. Charles Jury answered the call to begin New Christian Life Fellowship in Clearfield, Pennsylvania which will be part of the Virginia District.

God in His sovereignty called Lynn McLauren to plant a church in his home community of South River, near Fayetteville, NC.

Where are we going with Church Planting in the next two year? We are increasing our concentration on planting churches in Virginia.

Pastor Jim Wall and the Western Branch Community Church are stepping forward to become more involved with church planting in Virginia. They have assisted Michael and Gloria Howard in planting Solid Rock Ministry in Mechanicsville, Virginia and currently have begun meetings with Theresa Ramsey and the congregation at Hosanna Fellowship to poise that congregation for 21st century ministry.

World Witness Director Dock Hobbs is discussing with ministers ideas of planting churches in Lumberton, Chadbourne, and the Charlotte areas of North Carolina and more.

Brother Hobbs will focus on three areas of Church Planting. First, he will continue to give overall supervision to the World Witness Department and church planting efforts. Second, he will continue to lead the Church Planting Task Force in developing and adopting strategies for church planting and see that those strategies are successful. Third, he will continue to scout for and develop church planters in our movement.

We must remember that big changes are accomplished best by small changes.

The biblical principle of sowing and reaping is being realized in church planting even as we speak.

II-Where We Are and What We Know About Church Life

We launched an in-depth, on-going church revitalization process a little over one year ago with a proven professional advisor. We brought to our ministers quality training, and to our churches an opportunity for training at a cost every local church could afford. No where could our ministers have gone for training and exposure to practical ministry as economically as they have had an opportunity to attend in the last year.

Some of our churches are comfortable with their current church congregation and it is uncomfortable to them to add new people to the congregation. We must remember that it is this way in all denominations. The church did not get where we are overnight and we will not change over night.

I am more than ever convinced that continual re-development of the local church is urgent and essential if we are to carry out the great commission. However, “change will occur in many local churches only when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.”

For the last twelve months I have seen ministers drink in the knowledge, have their minds stretched, pour their heart out to God in devotion and prayer time as they have seen the potential of where their church can go through self study and strategic planning.

They believe their church could reach a cutting edge ministry. Some pastors are implementing the revitalization process and seeing positive results, but others need more time for their congregations and must move at a slower pace to see change. Some will not see change due to resistance within the local church.

We must remember and help our people to understand that “To resist change is to remain relevant to a world that no longer exists.” (Gerald Kelly)

Change takes time, but time alone does not produce change. Mike Woodruff said, “Technical advancements, scientific discoveries and cultural shifts have silently conspired to place us in a world that is almost unrecognizable to the one we were born into.” I want to remind you that most change will not be your enemy, it will be your friend, bringing “a new way for a new day.”

Where are we going with church revitalization? Redevelopment of the local church must be seen as a priority second only to Church Planting. Church Planting can never be an option and neither can Church Redevelopment be an option for PFWB Churches. The PFWB Church must have church planting and a way of breathing new life into our churches. Both involve the Church and the Kingdom. Both are necessary for systemic, long term health. Revitalization is immediate and urgent. Church Planting is present fruit and future viability.

We must always be breaking new ground and trying new approaches, and going back to the Scriptures to show our churches how to be relevant and effective.

Healthy churches grow… Growing churches change… Changing churches Challenge people… Challenging Churches force people to Trust… Trust forces people to submit and obey… Obedience makes people healthy… Healthy Churches grow.

It was Leonard Sweet who said, “If there was ever a time for on the edge, over the top, and out of the box leadership, it is now.” Pastors, as difficult as it may be we must continually seek new life for our churches.

While we will make adjustments as necessary in the church new life process that you are more comfortable with, there will continue to be an ongoing development of new life within the PFWB Church. The emphasis on local church life must never grow dim or be lost in the many things we will do as a denomination.

III-Where We Are and What We Know About Crusader Youth Camp

In 1948 our youth camp was founded with 21 boys and girls at Watha, NC. In 1962 it was moved to Dunn, NC on the approximately 38 acres of land owned at that time. Since that time our denomination has provided, through salaried employees and many volunteers, a successful annual youth camp ministry for PFWB churches and other churches. It has been, and is, one of the more rewarding ministries of our church. Only heaven will reveal how many young souls have been won to Christ, received the experience of sanctification, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and been called into ministry and gone on to Heritage Bible College, and on to a fruitful career.

Our youth camp has evolved often only when there were demanding needs, and then it was through the sacrifice and love of friends. It is time that a more thoughtful approach be taken to the future development of our youth camp site.

We must begin to think of a multi-purpose building that can be used for worship, training, have an indoor recreation area, and be used for classrooms. It would be made available to all of our ministries as well as outside groups.

With the additional 50 acres of land purchased by our denomination there is room to gradually move Crusader Youth Camp back, farther off of the highway, thus making more room for the future development of Heritage Bible College. The additional land provides an opportunity for us to begin to look forward to developing campsites with RV hook-ups that will be used by Royal Ranger groups, girl’s ministries, and other groups. We have once before shared with you the vision of a water recreational area, if feasible, with cottages build around the area suitable for families, and small group retreats. The concept would be for a year round usage of the campsite and would include additional outdoor recreation areas with paved paths and streets, making it inviting to other groups.

Our vision includes a much needed outdoor amphitheater to be used for outdoor worship services and other events. If designed professionally and with a campsite atmosphere I believe it will be an attraction for marriage retreats, family reunions, and ministry retreats for our churches and other church groups. The future is before us, and for us to remain successful as a youth camp we must reach out in order to minister.

Crusader Youth Camp facilities and the camp site are gifts from God to our denomination that must be developed for His Kingdom. While this vision will exceed the tenure of the current General Superintendent and his leadership team’s ministry, this church must begin to focus toward the future with lofty goals. We must be dream driven, we must develop the dream, and we must deliver for our future generations.

IV- Where We Are and What We Know About Credentialing Ministers

There is a great need for the Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church to revise the Credentialing Process for all levels of ministry. This will be completed and implemented upon proper approval by January 1, 2007.

The basic concept for credentialing will remain in place. The area of modification will address the education and training at all levels of ministerial credentials.

Our first priority in training our ministers is through Heritage Bible College. However, it is recognized that for whatever reason all cannot attend Bible College and some simply choose not to attend.

The changes will be large enough that they will bring a significant improvement to our system. Once they are implemented, our ministers and laity will appreciate the results we will realize in coming years.

Here are some of the changes I will ask the Ministerial Council to implement regarding new ministers and renewing credentials of licensed ministers.

For new ministers: 1) I will ask the Ministerial Council to establish minimal educational requirements for those seeking ministerial recognition. 2) I will ask the Ministerial Council to approve a list of Colleges and schools that will be recognized by the Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church for both the new applicants and transferals. 3) A background, credit check to be preformed on all applicants. 4) A background, criminal check to be preformed on all applicants. 5) There will be more personal academic studies plus a requirement to attend seminars.

For renewing license of ministers: 1) a continuing education requirement with an exemption for those ministers nearing retirement.

The Ministerial Handbook will be reviewed and updated to meet all requirements.

V- Where We Are and What We Know About Communication From Ministers to General Superintendent

In 1996 we heard from the grass roots of this denomination and sweeping improvements were made.

I am very busy and it is easy for me to become so involved in the work of your conference that I might fail to hear your voice and ideas. I never, never want to miss hearing from you. I want to take this conference where you feel it must go in the 21st century. This can be accomplished only if I listen to you.

I want an old fashion, sit-down, fire-side talk with our ministers. Along with your Regional Director I will be having informal small group chats within your district. Each minister will be invited to attend one of the several dates within your district. You have something to share with your superintendent and I want to hear from you in these chat times.

Conclusion

As the Chinese proverb states, there has to be a different road if we want a different destination. The Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church has signs in many areas that we are taking a different road. A different road is not to be feared so long as we travel it together; for we can comfort and strengthen each other as we journey to the Kingdom of God.