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Oct. 22, 2014
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Exciting Opportunity 

in the Southern District!



We have the opportunity to bring PLI (Pastoral Leadership Institute) 

to our Southern District!


  • PLI helps congregations grow
  • Substantial Scholarships Available
  • Local Southern. Dist. Cohorts
  • Ongoing Training, Coaching and Support


If you are interested in helping your congregation share the hope we have in Christ with your community, then participating in the New PLI may be for you.


If you've been interested in PLI but have concerns about finances or lengthy travel, your Southern District Mission Committee and MMF Eric Johnson have some great news for you.


We have an opportunity to start a PLI cohort here in the Southern District.  Cohorts will meet in centralized locations within the District, rather than having to travel across the country.  


Scholarships.  The Southern District Mission Committee will be making financial need based scholarships available so those from smaller or financially struggling congregations can have an opportunity to participate in PLI.


PLI has changed.  The old model of "church growth" has been replaced by a new model designed to help congregations engage the community around them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


As a church planter, I never joined the old PLI because it was outdated and focused on church growth programs and attractional worship.  The New PLI is focused on helping you learn to be the best leader you can be and helping you lead your congregation in incarnational outreach to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ with the community around you.  


If the old PLI didn't fit your ministry model, chances are the New PLI does.


If you are interested in more info about the New PLI and becoming part of the new Southern District PLI Cohort, give Eric Johnson a call @ 985-445-9339 or email



Campus Ministry Ideas and Encouragement




I'm Eric Johnson, your Mission and Ministry Facilitator.
My job is to support you and your congregation in your mission & ministry within the walls of your church building and especially outside your walls in the community where people who don't yet know Jesus live and work.


Areas where I can be helpful include, but are not limited to, Small Groups, VBS, Sunday School, Confirmation, Building Bridges to the community around your church, Outreach/Evangelism, Youth, and Stewardship.  


Let me know what you need, I can help.


My specialty is helping congregations grow by building bridges in their communities to reach people who don't yet know Jesus.  


When you find that you and your congregation can use some suggestions with ideas and resources, I'm here to help.  


You can reach me @     

or by calling my direct line @ 985-796-7175


Your Servant In Christ's Mission,


Eric Johnson