Leadership Training Seminar for the Committees of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in Syria

On Sunday 9 October 2011, under the auspices of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East a leadership training  seminar was held  for the leaders of the Armenian Evangelical Churches at the Aleppo College, on the 165th anniversary of the founding of the Armenian Evangelical Church. 60 leaders participated in this one-day seminar from different churches.  The seminar started with” the welcoming words and prayer of Rev. Serop Mgrdichian. The first lecturer of the day was Rev. Haroutune Selimian, the President of the Armenian Evangelical Community. Rev. Selimian presented  the following subject “Spiritual Discipline”. He gave the definition of  the Spiritual growth by mentioning that it is a process of getting rid of wrong concepts, thoughts and beliefs about who we are and about the world in which we live. Through this process, we increase our awareness of our true inner being and realise who we really are. It is a process of looking inside us, shedding our illusions and uncovering our true essence, which is always present, but hidden beyond the ego-personality. Afterwards he gave answers to the following questions 1.Why should we be interested in spiritual growth? 2.What are the signs that we are growing spiritually? 3.What are the benefits? Rev. Selimian ended his lecture with the Bible verse John 15:5 Jesus said: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” The Second lecture was presented by Mrs. Ani Cholakian (Director of Jinishian Memorial Program). She focused on the topic “Spiritual Manner”. She began her presentation with the following question. “How can we show our love for God and for one another?”  The Lecturer said. “Respect and courtesy go hand in hand with reverence for the things of the Spirit.  As we learn to have compassion, understanding and courtesy, we learn who we are and who we can be. As we remember who we are and act accordingly, we also learn charity, which "doth not behave itself unseemly" and which will help us love others as the Savior loves each one of us.  We show others what we believe by the words we speak, but mostly by the way that we behave”.   She ended her lecture with the Bible verse Micah 6:8. “The Lord has shown you, O Man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” The seminar ended with some words of thanksgiving by Rev. Serop Mgrditchian. The seminar was followed by a time of fellowship and a big cup of coffee.

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