Rev Dan Eddings - Appointed District Superintendent

It has been annouced that Rev Dan Eddings has been appointed as the new District Superintendent for our district.  He will officially begin 1 August 2017.  Below is his letter to our District.

 

4 Jun 2017

Dear Pittsburgh District Family:

I am excited to announce to you today that I have accepted the appointment of the Board of General Superintendents, in consultation with your District Advisory Council, to become your new District Superintendent. This appointment came as a complete surprise to me, but not to the Lord. My first reaction was one of shock, humility and even a measure of fear as well. I had never really given any thought to being anything else but a “Pastor” in the local church. That call of God was humbling enough, but the thought of being a District Superintendent was, to say the least, overwhelming. As I shared this possibility with my wife Deb and we began to pray and consider the possibility, my heart began to move from a sense of shock to excitement. The more we prayed, the more God seemed to stir my heart. I requested a meeting with the District Advisory Council to allow me the opportunity to hear their heartbeat for the Pittsburgh District and better understand what it was they thought your district needed in a new leader. After meeting with them for a couple of hours, listening to their love for the district and what it was they thought the district needed, I was certain this was of God!

Now, does that mean that I think I have everything I need to be a District Superintendent? By no means! But I do believe that God has been preparing me, my wife, my family and each of you for this time. Knowing that this is God’s will has also reminded me that when God calls, He also promises to equip and give everything needed to complete that call. There is much for me to learn in the days ahead. But I am excited and looking forward to getting to know each of you and working together with you, to see God’s Kingdom continue to grow. I am confident that as we seek the Lord, unite together for His purposes and trust Him in every step, great days are ahead.

Because of some district responsibilities that Deb and I have here on the Upstate District, we want to be faithful to complete our commitments. Deb coordinates Family Camp for the Upstate District and is also the director of our NYI Camp 789. I am also ending a ministry to this local church and community that has spanned over 13 years. We have a home to sell and our youngest son to get ready to head to Eastern Nazarene College. Therefore, in order to support Deb in her obligations, and to close out the local ministry, I will not be officially starting until 1 August 2017. However, I will be present for District Assembly, and Deb and I will be down for a day or two of Family Camp so that we might begin to get to know each of you and begin to develop the bonds we will need to have to work together in the days ahead. We are excited to get to know each of you and allow you to get to know us as well.

Please know that you are very much in our thoughts and prayers and we look forward to being with you soon.

Dan Eddings

Our Core Values

advancing the kingdom        empowering believers
unifying churches

Empowering Believers

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Ephesians 4:11-13 (ESV)
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

One of the greatest revelations that pastors can accept is that they cannot do it all.  Therefore, they need active believers to assist them in proclaiming the message of Christ.  With that in mind, pastors need to honor those who gather weekly with them by empowering or discipling them to do the work Jesus called each to do, "Make disciples" (Matthew 28:18-20). In order for believers to be active in following the command of Jesus, they must be empowered. It is imperative that each believer learns their gifting and how to use their gifts for the kingdom.

Advancing the Kingdom

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Acts 1:8 (ESV)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

The goal of all believers should be to advance the kingdom. While each person is saved individually, their Christian walk must be lived out in community. By pastors and believers working together in unity and by believers growing in their faith and maturing to the point of living out what Jesus commanded, the kingdom will advance. This takes complete cooperation and unity. Christians are not on earth to build themselves up, we are here to worship and glorify God. By being witnesses, we will be able to see the kingdom advance.

Unifying Churches

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Psalm 133:1 ESV
133 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

While we want to see the churches of the Nazarene on the Pittsburgh District become unified, we know it cannot stop there. We must be willing to work together as Christians in our communities for the sake of the kingdom. The Great Judge will not judge pastors on their attendance reported, however, they will be judged on their actions and what they did for the kingdom.