We have ushered in the third decade of the 21st Century. My soul is eager to see what God will do through our churches and ministry organizations. Christian leadership is a gift, and we are called to serve His church and reach those who do not follow Jesus.
Leadership requires the resilience and intrinsic motivation of God’s Holy Spirit. Eugene Peterson claims that pastoral leadership is “long obedience in the same direction”. Obedience seems to be a virtue in short supply within our current culture. We’re looking forward to inspiring the lay-leaders, ministry volunteers and pastors of your church during our 2020 Conference on the Ministry. Our theme this year is “Make Your Life Count”, based on Acts 20:24, “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God."
Our conference this year will be hosted by Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, on March 30 to April 1 by Pastors Clark and Kim Moran. We are very grateful for the great people of APA who make this venue a great place to have our network gathering.
We’ve invited some wonderful plenary speakers to shape our thinking around the missional priority of church and clergy health. Our ministry guests include Rob Ketterling. Rob is the founder and lead pastor of River Valley Church, a multisite church that launched in Minnesota in 1995 and has since grown into a thriving church with nearly 10,000 in attendance across nine U.S. campuses and one international campus, Rob Reimer, author of the book ‘Soul Care’. Rob serves as the Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY. We have also invited Terry Bone, former Lead Pastor of Lakemount Worship Center in Grimsby on the south shore of Lake Ontario in the beautiful Niagara Peninsula. Terry is the author of the book “The Great Exchange”, a book that explores passing the baton between generations of world shapers.
During our conference, we will feature several breakout sessions, which engage issues of church and clergy health, along with a panel discussion with some incredible leaders. We will also offer special children’s sessions, which will run concurrently to our general gatherings and breakout sessions.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our District Conference in Abbotsford. Please register early so we can make the appropriate preparations for your time with us.