“I’ve been an LMR only a few weeks, and I wasn’t really sure what I should be doing, but now I am going back to my church with the tools I need to do what I think will be a good job,” commented one of last week’s LMR seminar attendees.
Several hundred Local Missions Representatives (LMRs) gathered in Cleveland, Tennessee, July 22 and 23 for a celebration and rally led by World Missions personnel, designed to train them for promoting missions in their churches.
The LMRs began the weekend event with a Friday evening worship service, including music, drama, greetings from General Director Douglas LeRoy and host pastor Mitchell Maloney, and keynoted by a sermon by General Overseer Raymond F. Culpepper. The general overseer, who has strongly emphasized Great Commission ministry during his tenure, challenged the participants to fulfill their missions calling.
The fast-paced schedule on Saturday exposed the group to more than a dozen missions leaders, missionaries, and experienced LMRs, who shared methods, techniques, and plans that lead to effective missions programs for local churches.
Assistant General Overseer Tim Hill highlighted the Saturday afternoon worship time, and the event concluded with a commissioning service led by veteran missions pastor, Aubrey Maye, of Virginia.
The next event of this type on a national level is tentatively set for 2013.