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Ministry Seminar Encourages Creative Outreach

CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa.—During Baptist Bible Seminary’s Ministers Enrichment Day, 70 ministry professionals enjoyed a day of insight, refreshment, and motivation through various sessions that focused on the theme “Outside the Walls: Creative Outreach in a Contemporary Culture.”

Ministers Enrichment Day on March 21 featured Scott Poling as the keynote speaker. He has served for 21 years as pastor of Harvest New Beginnings in Oswego, Illinois.

Poling challenged the ministry professionals and Clarks Summit University students using 1 Corinthians 9:9–23, emphasizing the urgency believers should have to share the gospel and to use creative methods when taking action. “Think outside of the box but inside the Bible,” he advised.

Master of Divinity student Thang Lam Kim noted, “I appreciated Pastor Scott Poling’s message because he emphasized evangelism strategies, not solely based on creative methods; rather he aligned his teaching with the Biblical truth.”

Poling said his goal was to encourage sincere life-change that will shape ministries, both now and for years to come. “That’s really what I wanted to see God do.” (Listen to Scott Poling’s message.)

A panel discussion featured Poling and the workshop speakers, who shared their perspectives on creative strategy experiences to engage the community and culture outside the church. Workshops leaders included Curtis Kenyon, pastor of New Life Baptist Church, Scranton, Pennsylvania; Brett Bixby, pastor of evangelism and discipleship at Bridgewater Church, Montrose, Pennsylvania; and Dr. Ken Davis, director of Baptist Bible Seminary’s Project Jerusalem.

Ministers Enrichment Day was a well timed opportunity for Pastor Marcelo Castro who recently joined the leadership team at Steamtown Church in Scranton, a church plant guided by Baptist Bible Seminary’s Project Jerusalem. Castro, who is in the early stages of connecting with the local Spanish-speaking community, said, “This is a very interesting time where we can listen to other pastors and leaders about what they are doing for outreach.”

Seminary Dean Dr. Lee Kliewer describes the day as “a great investment in pastors’ personal lives and professional ministries.”

Pastor Kurt Seboe of Northmoreland Baptist Church, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, is a returning guest. “I enjoy spending time with the seminary professors,” he explained. “These events at the seminary have always been beneficial for me.”