Here’s our Community Prayer Partners press release for the upcoming Community Transformation Event in May:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toby Frost, Arrangements Director
Community Transformation Pastors’ Network
318-376-7534
tfrost@firstwest.cc
American Idol “Mandisa” to Headline “Community Transformation Celebration”

Mandisa

Mandisa

Monroe/West Monroe, LA – Eighty-two local churches are sponsoring a free event featuring “American Idol” recording artist, Mandisa. This “Community Transformation Celebration” will be held at the Monroe Civic Center on Thursday night, May 6, 2010, at 6:30 p.m.

“The most astounding array of churches are coming together to transform our region in the name of Christ,” stated Larry Stafford, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Monroe. “Mainline denominations—Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Baptists, Catholics—we are bridging race, religion, and the river to come together for this cause.”

“The cause” referred to is a strategy designed to foster the spiritual, social, and economic transformation in Ouachita Parish and the surrounding region. “Pastors have been praying together for years about this” said Ike Byrd of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Monroe. “It is wonderful to see the specific plan coming together in answer to our prayers.”

Economic initiatives have included pastors leading out in efforts to get new businesses to locate in Ouachita Parish and Christmas shoppers to patronize local businesses. Other community efforts have included child mentoring programs, workforce training, substance abuse programs, and clean-up days.

Efforts at social transformation have included racial reconciliation, poverty elimination efforts, and renewed calls for working together in cooperation “across the river.”

Spiritual focuses have included men’s discipleship events, evangelistic efforts, and large joint prayer meetings to bring churches together. The large event on May 6 is designed to build on past success, and enlist thousands more people in future transformational endeavors.

“God is doing extraordinary things in our community. We are looking to have 5,000 people in attendance, a 500-voice choir, and eighty-two pastors on the platform for this event,” stated Mark Foster of the Pentecostals of the Twin Cities. But as the time approaches, this goal not only seems possible, but probable.

Besides Mandisa, the program will include videos of successful transformational efforts, inspirational testimonies from local pastors, and a platform prayer with the eighty-two pastors representing eighty-two Ouachita Parish churches.

The Community Transformation Celebration is being advertised as a free event with a love offering to be taken. A time will be held at the end of the service in which participants make specific commitments to various community transformational activities.

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For more information (background, media, etc.) or to schedule an interview, please contact
Toby Frost, Arrangements Director
Community Transformation Pastors’ Network
318-376-7534
tfrost@firstwest.cc