To fulfill the great commission, the apostolic church must purposely design and implement strategic programs that will positively impact the community and build relationships for the glory of God. One such program is the implementation of our Appreciation Sunday.
Our first coordinated effort was the launch of our nationwide First Responders Appreciation Day in 2016, which included The Police, Firefighters, and Emergency Management Technicians. This event was remarkably successful for our churches who participated in implementing this program. Honorees brought along with them family members, colleagues, friends and neighbors to share in their celebration on that iconic day.
Can you imagine if every United Pentecostal Churches (UPC) of North America would collaborate and honor a select group of individuals within the community to which the local church resides? This could potentially advance the growth of the local churches, the district and the organization at large; resulting in repeat visitors, new converts, and ultimately new members added to the church while building relationships and bridging the gap.
Honoring Educators in 2017
The United Pentecostal Church of North America would like to build upon the success of 2016. This year, several outstanding Educators in the secular and Christian communities will be honored for their invaluable contributions in the lives of others.
The secular community will include anyone in education and training, such as: Professors, teachers, principals, administrators and guidance counsellors.
The Christian community will include Christian educators, such as: Sunday school teachers, bible study teachers and other trainers in Christian ministry.
Despite the challenges in our educational system within some of our communities, these men and women have played a pivotal role in influencing our communities and demonstrated commitment to the success of their students.
Educators will be nominated by their superiors and recommended by senior supervisors, students, alumni and mentorship programs through which they have inspired and impacted other people.
Let us take up the challenge by our General Superintendent Bishop David K. Benard who appeals to each church to participate in this strategic endeavor and show appreciation to educators nationwide.
Listed below are past and proposed “Appreciation Sunday:”
|Year||Category of Honorees|
|2018||Outstanding Student of the Year|
The primary focus of these events is to give churches a clear evangelistic strategy for the next nine years. This proposal is based on a six-month plan and to be launched around the first or second week in September of each year.
With fervency in prayer and careful implementation of the strategy, we can prevail. The possibilities are endless. The harvest is ripe. The time is now. Let us cease the moment.