Steven Land, PTS president, said a dialogue needs to be opened between church leaders, congregations and denominations.
“It is no wonder to me those questions are being raised in a country of increasing pluralism, because when you no longer have a common moral consensus, and you have diversity, that’s the recipe for the war of all against all,” Land said. “You try to have civility. You try to recognize the rights of minorities — and who is in a minority is always changing — but you can’t just go by polls if you are in the church.”
Continued Land, “The way you do change is really important, and discussing that is really important.”
Those invited to participate in Minister’s Week are from the Pentecostal-Holiness tradition. They include: Bishop Randy Howard, general overseer for the church of God of Prophecy; Dr. Doug Beacham, general superintendent for the International Pentecostal Holiness Church; Bishop Brandon Porter, member of the Presidium and General Board of the Church of God in Christ; Bishop Mark Williams, general overseer for the Church of God; and Land who will act as a moderator for the event.
According to a PTS release, “Minister’s Week is poised to become the historic first-ever consultation of leaders from the original Holiness-Pentecostal churches who embody the ‘heart’ of the movement.”
The seminary’s normal chapel services will be included in the week’s proceedings. Howard will speak in chapel on Tuesday, April 16, and Beacham will take the stage on Thursday, April 18. Both services will be held at the seminary’s Cross Memorial Chapel at 11 a.m.
All guests will be involved in the roundtable discussion held Thursday afternoon from 12 to 2 p.m., following Beacham’s chapel address.
Land said the public is welcome to join for chapel services and the panel discussion. He encouraged interaction and highlighted those in attendance will be able to ask questions.
A preview of the type of issues to be discussed was given by Land.
“If you are going to use words like ‘ethical,’ ‘good,’ and ‘holy,’ then what is your standard?” Land asked. “The ultimate standard for us is God.”
“How do we reason in such a way within the rim of our faith which helps us to be consistent with the way God has shown himself to be and calls us to be? That is a very important discussion,”
Continued Land, “And how do we respect others who differ from us?”
The Holiness tradition stands on the word of God and the message of the Holy Spirit.
“One of the reasons I accept the authority of the Bible is because it tells the bad things. It talks about when God’s people mess up and get zapped. It also tells the times the good people mess up,” Land said. “If we had produced it, we would have cleaned [the stories] up and [spun them in Christians’ favor].”
At the core of the movement is honesty.
“So what we have to do is to tell this story so we are not spinning it, and without people becoming resigned and saying, ‘You know what? We all have good and bad in us. We are all just not worth much anyway. We are all sinners, so lets just be resigned to mediocrity,’” Land said. “There is no moral aspiration [in resignation].”
For more information on Minister’s Week contact PTS at 423-478-1131.