November 2018

Passing Along the Family Business

Holiness Today (HT) sat down with Pastors Chuck Sunberg and Cara Shonamon, a father-daughter team serving as co-pastors of the Shawnee Church of the Nazarene in Kansas, USA.

HT:  Chuck, I’ll start with you. Tell us briefly about your call to ministry and particularly about raising your family in the pastorate and on the mission field.

Resurrection Journeys

“We believe in the resurrection of the body.” This has been the key Christian confession from the very beginning. The resurrection of Jesus changed everything.

The first disciples transitioned from hiding due to fear of death to boldly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, whom they had encountered after He rose from the dead. Very few Old Testament passages seem to say anything hopeful or positive about death. Yet, the smaller New Testament does not shy away from speaking of death as a defeated foe because of the hope that Christ’s resurrection brings.

Going Into All the World

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’”—Mark 16:15

I often have conversations with followers of Jesus Christ who tell me that it’s difficult for them to connect with people who don’t know the Lord. Their lives have become insulated by the church and Christian friends. While this is not necessarily bad, it becomes a challenge when we grapple with Christ’s commission to “go and make disciples” (Matt. 28:19).

Retiring Missionaries Recognized

At the 95th General Board, 2018, a special recognition service was held to honor six retiring missionaries in the Church of the Nazarene. As individuals, they have given a combined total of over 300 years of dedicated service to God through the Nazarene Church.

“Global Missions would like to express its deep love and appreciation to all six couples for their many years of selfless dedication to God, the church, and all of those whose lives have been impacted by their ministry.”