Cambodian Leadership Development Training in the Cal Nevada Annual Conference

May 22, 2013


Elk Grove, Calif.--On May 11, seventy United Methodist Cambodian laity and pastors gathered at Point Pleasant United Methodist Church in Elk Grove for a Leadership Development Training. The training was sponsored and organized by Lake Park United Methodist Church. The funding was provided by a grant from the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM).

The purpose of the Cambodian Leadership Development training was to strengthen and empower the Cambodian Churches and its members. The training offered three workshops: "United Methodist Polity and History," "Communion in the United Methodist Church," and "What Does the United Methodist Church Believe about Baptism?"

Point Pleasant UMC in Elk Grove hosted the training. Paul Extrum-Fernandez, executive secretary Board of Pensions, led the training on "United Methodist Polity and History." The Rev. John Oda, pastor of Lake Park UMC, conducted the training on communion. The Rev. Sophany Chen, chairman of the Cambodian National Caucus, offered the training on baptism. The Rev. Dr. Bener Agtarap, conference superintendent for Church Vitality also attended part of the training and provided some information about the steps to becoming a United Methodist Church.


Rev. John Oda said, "This first training was an important part of GBGM grant's strategy to empower the members of the Cambodian churches in the California-Nevada Annual Conference."


The next Cambodian Leadership Development training will be held on August 24 at Central UMC. The topics for the August 24 training will be United Methodist Church Doctrine and Governance, Stewardship, and Worship Styles and will be held at Central UMC.

For more information, contact the Rev. John Oda, (510) 220-8959.