District superintendents and pastors involved in “Living the Great Commission,” an initiative of the South America Region, met for a retreat from October 3 through 6 at the South America Region Convention Center in Pilar, Argentina.
The event began Monday with 62 district superintendents from across South America. Regional Director Christian Sarmiento shared Vision 2020 and Jonathan Salgado addressed the holistic health of those who serve God. Ildo Mello, a bishop in the Free Methodist Church, shared from experience about revival and the universal priesthood of believers. General Superintendent Eugénio Duarte presented a messaged called "Created for Mission."
On Wednesday, 94 pastors joined the conference. North Andean Field Strategy Coordinator Dwight Rich delivered a devotional illustrating situations from his personal life and ministry. Lucas Leys, director of e625, presented on “The Best Leader from History” based on his book. Salgado led other sessions called “Pastoral Leadership Today” and “Pastoral Dangers.” Mello addressed “A Wesleyan perspective of Pastoral Care” and “Entire Sanctification as a Platform for Missions and Evangelism.”
The final afternoon session consisted of an open forum about the “Living the Great Commission” where inspiring testimonies were shared, adaptations for different situations were made, and a time of questions and answers was held to clarify points of the initiative in the remaining months.
The conference ended with a message from Duarte and Communion led by Brazil Sub-Regional Director Manuel Lima.
For a recap video, click here.