Speaking to 14 clergy and guests on June 2nd, keynote pastor Rev. Bob Morgan, the Senior Pastor of the Rosewood Church, encouraged cooperation among pastors whose churches were located in the same neighborhood. They should work together to minister to the spiritual needs of that community. He also encouraged multiracial congregations.
Pastor Morgan had taken his business card to every church in Rosewood, inviting each pastor to meet, and Pastor Randall Reeves , pastor of the Columbia Family Church, was the first minister to visit with him.
Pastor Morgan made an interesting point about the vertical and horizontal bars of the cross. The upright bar of the cross represents our relationship with God, and the cross piece represents our interpersonal relationships. Jesus instructed us to make things right with our brothers and sisters before bringing our gifts to God. (Matthew 5:24) In fact, the Jewish observance of Yom Kippur starts reconciling with one another before reconciling with God.
Pastor Morgan has a large fellowship hall and welcomed any pastor and ACLC to use the facility whenever they had need of a large meeting space.
After the meal a Women In Ministry video was shown in which Archbishop Stallings, National Co-Chairman of the ACLC, strongly appreciated the role of women faith leaders. He also promoted the study of the True Family Values materials. The video was well received and the keynote speaker even praised the emphasis of men and women sharing a ministry.
Evangelist Joseph Thompson attended the breakfast. It was his first time with ACLC. He had been living in New York and said, “God told me to come to South Carolina, but didn’t tell me why.” He and Rev. Tom Cutts met at the hotel complimentary continental breakfast where they both stayed in the night before. He approached Rev. Cutts and said, “You have the face of a pastor.” It turns out he wanted to meet pastors in Columbia, South Carolina, and happily joined Rev. Cutts for the ACLC meeting.
Rev. Thompson is a songwriter and musician and played his acoustical guitar and sang a song during the Prayer Breakfast. He then told of his experiences in Jamaica, where as a young boy he joined a group of elder women prayer warriors. They met every Thursday and fervently prayed until their prayers “went through.” He noted in the Bible how Jesus told the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit to descend upon them before going out for ministry. Rev. Thompson suggested that the pastors gather regularly to marinate in the Spirit.
Submitted by Rev. Tom Cutts, ACLC-GA