Pastors show God’s works

Curtis Shelburne All honorable work is God’s work, a calling, and anyone serious about doing a good job in his/her work derives priceless benefit from the example of respected mentors. Surely teachers and doctors, business folks and farmers, all need mentors to encourage them to “soldier on.” One of my most influential mentors is a […]

Area pastors draw similar message from Easter

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Trinity Lutheran Church Reverend Bonita Knox prays while touching the cross on Good Friday at the church. Alisa Boswell Easter means an almost universal message from spiritual leaders of many different congregations. Church leaders in Clovis and Portales say the resurrection of Christ is the most important factor in the […]

“I Love You, Mrs. Blackburn”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist One of the finest gifts pastors and authors and, for that matter, friends of many sorts, can do for us is to help us think new thoughts and learn new things. One of the most important ways they do that is by reminding us of old but true things […]

Pastors plan similar Christmas sermons

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Bethel Assembly of God Pastor Lemuel Perry said he will conduct a simple worship service for Christmas. (File photo) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The story is as old as time; originating from the New Testament Gospel of Matthew. The saga chronicles the miracle of the virgin birth that resulted in Jesus Christ being […]

Former pastor asking men of God to quit being passive and take control of their families.

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Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — As they prayed, their hands raised, their eyes closed and their fists clinched. The eight men — including Baptists, Pentecostals and Catholics — gathered Saturday morning at Portales Public Library for the “Men of God Arise” meeting were passionate about the mission. Some came because they got a […]

Clinical Pastoral Education could expand horizons

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Shirley Rollinson, a chaplain, talks about the Clinical Pastoral Education program at the nurses station at the medical unit Thursday at Plains Regional Medical Center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center is offering an intensive training program to assist local pastors in doing hospital ministry. […]

Military medical man also a pastor

By Darrell Todd Maurina During most weekdays, Randy Billingsley wears the uniform of an Air Force master sergeant, working with the 27th Medical Group at Cannon Air Force Base. However, on Wednesday nights and Sundays, Billingsley commutes about an hour northwest of Clovis where he serves as the part-time pastor of Forrest Community Church, a […]

Gideons spread the word to the world

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Wendell McClinton, former international director of the Gideons, tells Clovis-area pastors how their contributions for Bible distribution are used in foreign countries. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina Pastors don’t always have an easy time relating their local ministries to what happens overseas, so local members of the Gideons organization sponsored […]

Association to unify ministers begins in Clovis

I wish to express my appreciation to Rev. Lance Clemmons and other pastors of our community for organizing a badly needed Christian Ministerial Association. The call is for all pastors of an evangelical church to be a member of this organization. Its primary mission is to provide fellowship and unity among all denominational pastors and […]

Clovis ministers make meeting more formal

By Darrell Todd Maurina After many years without an organized ministerial association, Clovis now has an organized fellowship with about two dozen pastors trying to work together for community improvement. The Rev. Lance Clemmons, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Clovis and chairman of the newly organized Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance, said that when he […]

Broker, truck driver preach the Word

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The Rev. Sam Duncan, who drives a Schwan’s truck during the week, serves as pastor of Floyd Baptist Church on the weekends. By Gary Mitchell Dean Turvaville is among a growing army of bivocational pastors throughout the nation — pastors of churches who also work in the public marketplace for their livelihood. So is Sam […]

75-plus years of ministry: Church to celebrate anniversary

Gary Mitchell It took a couple of starts, but the second start took root. As a result, First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., will celebrate its 75th-plus anniversary of ministry to the Clovis community with a Homecoming Weekend May 30 through June 1. The theme for the Homecoming 2003 Weekend is “Celebrating […]