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200 Baltimore Area Lay Leaders Receive Training

Story By David Franklin

Some 200 lay leaders from all the churches in the Baltimore Extended Area Ministerium (BEAM), recently received training in their respective ministries. Hosted at Miracle Temple in Baltimore, the lay leaders came from as far as Harrisburg, Pa., for the daylong training.

The presenters came from the North American Division, the Columbia Union Conference and the Potomac and Allegheny East conferences. The leaders were not only equipped with practical tools specific to their ministries, but during the interactive sessions, they also learned principles of servant leadership, to think creatively to keep their ministries relevant and how to enhance those things already working well.

The training was the first of its kind for the ministerium, which is led by Maurice N. Taylor, pastor of Berea Temple in Baltimore. The training came out of the pastors’ desire to equip their ministry leaders with the skills necessary to effectively build up the kingdom of God. They hope to make this an annual event.

Pastor Errol Stoddart, DMin, Miracle Temple’s senior pastor, began the day with a devotional and then participants attended two out of 13 ministry-specific seminars, including seminars for elders, deacons, Children’s Ministries, clerks and Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

“Our leaders are excited and energized after today’s training. We are anticipating great things in 2011,” said Gary Adams, pastor of the United in Christ church.

One attendee shared, “the training met my needs. I plan to use what I have learned to enhance my relationship with Christ and my church community.”