UPDATED: Learning about transformation within hostility

Lisa Goudy
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The Restore Our Land conference on June 6 and 7 at Victory Church will feature guest speaker Rev. Dr. Alistair Petrie.

Hostility is quite prevalent in this world.

“Hostility, that term means that there’s very often perhaps a hesitance to see spiritual components within the pragmatics of a western-minded civilization,” said Rev. Dr. Alistair Petrie, long-term pastor and the executive director of Partnership Ministries. “There is always going to be the blend of the spiritual and the physical of the pragmatics.”

Hostility and its existence is all the more reason to learn about global issues and obstacles for various cities as well as relevance of the Gospel, said Petrie.

On Friday and Saturday, he will speak in Moose Jaw at the Restore Our Land conference at Victory Church, hosted by Greg and Maureen Simpson. The conference is at 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

“We’re sort of always working with different levels of government, business people and church people. There is obviously a spiritual component that we’re watching some absolutely marvelous things happen globally in spite of all the issues that so often confront people, thus the title Living for God in a Hostile World,” said Petrie.

“As a ministry we try to work with leaders in various parts of the world, enabling them to address what the issues might be … and overcoming their stumbling blocks.”

Transformation is an important word for Petrie. Partnership Ministries is a global ministry that teaches principles and relevance of the Gospel. He has travelled extensively to many nations around the world and witnessed transformation to address issues existing in cities, regions, businesses and churches.

“As a ministry we tend to document what it’s like when a city or a region or an area addresses the impediments that are there and they enter into what we call transformation,” said Petrie. “We have about 800 cities probably that are actually in the form of transformation.”

He said cities, businesses and churches enter into a different lifestyle following transformation depending on what the city is attempting to address. Those issues could be crime, unemployment, family dishevelment and economic issues.

At the conference, he will speak on some of the global issues and obstacles, such as ethnicities, issues in economics, spiritual issues and social dishevelment issues.

“I think it’s very important that people are able to envision what the actual purposes are for the areas for which they live, their businesses, their cities so that it’s not just a matter of sustaining life from one day to another,” said Petrie.

“There has to be something of a vision and a purpose statement and we’re watching that in cities and in provinces.”

He said Partnership Ministries started documenting city transformations in 1999. The ministries have been to about 100 nations.

Petrie added he’s looking forward to meeting people at this weekend’s conference.

“There is something very, very significant in Saskatchewan within the global arena,” said Petrie. “Saskatchewan is the province I watch with considerable interest because of what it has done, what it’s gone through and where it’s at now … Contextually, Moose Jaw is one of the template cities that we tend to watch in the global arena.”

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Victory Church

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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