Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 7, 2016 — On Friday, Dec. 2, United Theological Seminary held its 5th Annual Holy Spirit Seminar in the newly dedicated Zimmerman Chapel at United. This year’s seminar on the theme “Activating Gifts of the Spirit for Ministry” featured United alumnus Dr. Rob McCorkle, who is the founder of Fire School Ministries and senior pastor of Crossroad Community Church in Obetz, Ohio. Dr. Rob McCorkle, in his own words, was “wrecked” by the Holy Spirit in 2006, igniting a passion for seeing the Methodist family of denominations re-dig the supernatural wells that were established by John Wesley and the early Methodists.
The Holy Spirit Seminar began in 2011 as a vision of Dr. Peter Bellini, Associate Professor of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair at United Theological Seminary, to help the Church rediscover the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Bellini founded the annual event with the hope of bringing renewal among clergy and laity.
The vision of the Holy Spirit Seminar is “Rediscovering the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, in the Church and the World for Today,” with a mission to:
- · INSPIRE an awareness of the presence of the Spirit in worship
- · INSTRUCT in the scriptural and historic teachings of the person and work of the Holy Spirit
- · IMPART the anointing, gifts, and power of the Holy Spirit in prayer
For the past five years, the affordable one-day event has featured respected Church leaders who seek to inspire, instruct and impart one feature of the person or work of the Holy Spirit to clergy and laity alike. Past Holy Spirit Seminar themes have included “Divine Healing,” “Hearing God,” “Spiritual Warfare,” and “Prayer,” with featured speakers such as William Abraham, Randy Clark, James Goll and Neil Anderson.
This year Dr. Rob McCorkle led more than 220 attendees, including a Livestream audience, into a time of teaching and impartation on the nature and use of the gifts of the Spirit in one’s life, both personally and in the life of the Church. Dr. McCorkle’s content was rich and accessible, placing special emphasis on practical application and providing concrete illustrations from his own ministry to demonstrate how God can use anyone to minister in the supernatural power of the Spirit.
Following two sessions of teaching, Dr. McCorkle and Dr. Bellini led an altar service consisting of prayer, laying on of hands and anointing with oil. They were accompanied by prayer teams from the West Ohio Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, which also included United students and Maria Bellini, wife of Dr. Bellini.
“This year’s seminar was one of the most anointed and powerful Seminars we have had yet,” Dr. Bellini said.
“There were many testimonies of a variety of types of healings, blessings and spiritual breakthroughs,” he said. “I personally prayed for several persons who received immediate relief of pain due to different arthritic and autoimmune conditions, previous breaks and surgeries, and other conditions. I am still receiving testimonies from persons who were touched at the Seminar.”
The Holy Spirit Seminar is held annually on the first Friday in December. Next year’s seminar on Dec. 1, 2017, will focus on the theme of Holiness.
United Theological Seminary is a graduate professional school of The United Methodist Church offering master’s and doctoral theological degrees and continuing education with programs offered on campus and online. United’s goal is to educate dynamic, Spirit-led leaders who will renew the church for the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. Learn more at www.united.edu.