The Southern Tagalog District Council held its 30th annual convention last December 7-9, 2010 in Baguio City.
The executive presbytery made a decision in May 2008 (EP-88-08) to designate a pastors’ day every third Sunday of December to give appreciation to pastors. Please implement this in your district so our local churches can plan accordingly. We need to give due recognition to our local church pastors who have been faithfully ministering to our constituents through these years.
Rev. Calusay was invited by Rev. Gallos to speak at their church anniversary (Fuji A/G Church) last November. This was a good opportunity to formally launch the Global District Council in Japan. An informal understanding was reached between Japan and Phils. general council regarding active cooperation between two bodies with regards to facilitation of missions work and the extent of a PGCAG global district operating in Japan. Other Filipinos have expressed their interest in joining this network in order to synergize various ministries already started there and hoping for a revitalized work in a place where very few people believe in Christ as Lord and only Savior.
Click the “GDC Japan” page for more pictures.
The National Leadership Assembly a.k.a. LAMI (Leadership And Management Institute) is slated on January 25-27, 2011. First session starts with a lunch on the 25th and everyone leaves the venue on the 28th. This event is for all district executive leaders (sans presbyters) and national directors and invited missions partners.
The venue is Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort which is situated 5.2 kilometers away from the highway of Brgy. Ilaya, San Fernando, Cebu. It’s an hour travel south of Cebu City. It is hidden in the rain forest and is the closest way to experiencing Mother Nature’s elegance and beauty.
Download the invitation letter: Call for LAMI 2011
STDC – 5-7 , Brentwoodville, Baguio City
NODC – 14-16, Captel Hotel, Bacolod City
CLDC – 28-30, Sierra Madre Suites, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Special Convention this October 26-28 can be called a “Change Convention” – it will be a convention for Change. Jesus said in Mark 2:22 “New wine calls for new wineskins” (NLTse).
There is a time in physical growth when your clothes should match your new and expanding size. There is also a time in multiplication growth of an organization when you need to restructure for order, conservation, expansion and survival.
That time has come for the Assemblies of God in the Philippines. Already there are tell-tale signs that demands action for change or else the threat of deterioration and decline will impose itself. Someone said that when the need arise, reorganize! So, that is what we will do.
This task is huge and will take up so much time and maybe, tension. To give you a perspective of the roadmap we will use to bring about structural change,
1. Consultation: (On-going). In The General Executive Meetings, LAMI, and NexT meetings inter-active dialogues has been conducted. In the District Convention visits, ideas for change has been noted. Restructuring Principles:
2. Propositions: (Special “Change” Convention, OCT 26-28) Mostly on Structural and organizational Change on three areas:
3. Amendments: (For the 1st Quarter, 2011) All our approved propositions (#2) will be the basis of wrting the amendments for our Constitution and By-Laws documents. A Committee on Amendments will be formed to collate and write the draft. This document will then be distributed to our districts for review and endorsement by our Pastors.
4. Ratification: (2011) we will schedule another special convention to Ratify the Amendment or through the district meetings. Praise God.
During this October convention, we will launch our decadal goal for 2011-2020. We will also decide on the institutionalizing of the Tithers Club and other programs for the benefit of our movement.
Praying with you,
Rey A. Calusay, General Superintendent/President
Download the Propositions to be discussed during the convention: Propositions 2011
PDC conducted its District Missions Convention last October 11-13, 2010 with Revs. Joseph Suico and Abraham Visca as speakers. Pastors, church leaders and members from various parts of Palawan participated in this event held at the Evangel Bible Institute in Irawan, Puerto Princesa City. Rev. Visca made an important update report regarding the status of our world missions program in the Assemblies of God. He also made an announcement regarding the upcoming Institute of Missions Basics in May 2011 and the mechanics how our constituents may avail of this training.
In some of the sessions, the attendees were also given the opportunity to ask questions how local churches can become active participants in the world missions program of PGCAG.