E-News • November 2017 • www.greatlakes.cc
Dear Pastors & Members of our GLC Churches,
The Midwinter Conference for Covenant pastors has been a foundational experience of spiritual renewal and personal refreshment for decades. It is one of the best ministries the ECC has engaged in throughout the years. This year’s line-up of speakers and workshop leaders will equip us, and the corporate worship and fellowship with colleagues will nourish our souls.
My hope is that all of our pastors will plan to attend and that all of our congregants will make sure that they are able to go. To help make that possible there are scholarships available from the ECC with additional financial help through the GLC.
Church Members: Please encourage your pastor(s) to attend Midwinter.
Pastors: If you need scholarship assistance in order to attend Midwinter, act now. The deadline for applications is December 1. (See Registration details in sidebar)
I look forward to sharing the Midwinter experience with all of our colleagues in Chicago!
Superintendent of the Great Lakes Conference
The Leadership Connection Recap
On Saturday, October 21 over 100 people gathered for The Leadership Connection, a workshop training event for current and future leaders. The GLC staff would like to thank our gracious host church, Faith Covenant of Farmington Hills, Michigan for their warm hospitality and welcome and give a special thanks to our wonderful presenters and roundtable facilitators.
Fabio & Johnna Muñiz, Serve Globally Missionaries, started the morning off leading the group in worship and Dick Lucco, Executive Director of Ministry Development for the ECC, was the plenary speaker. He focused on being the feet of Christ in our neighborhoods.
Two workshop sessions were held offering 10 topics for leadership development, including:
- Resolving Our Differences – Ron Whitmore
- Best Practices for Church Compliance – Jack Nichols
- From Foreign to Familiar: Churches Reaching Millennials – Beth Severson
- Welcoming the Immigrant in our Neighborhood – Dale Dalman
- Rethinking Mission at Your Doorstep in a Postmodern, Post-Christian Globalized World – Fabio & Johnna Muñiz
- Funding Local Church Ministry: The Changing Landscape of Giving – Rev. Catherine Gilliard
- Recognizing, Acknowledging and Addressing the Sin of Racism – Elreta Dodds
- Bless: 5 Missional Practices – Beth Severson
- A More Complete Body of Christ: Worship and Service Alongside those with Disabilities – Jesse Slimak and Dan Phillips
- The Task and Toys of a Worship Leader – Luke Austin and Andy Krieger
Steve Burger, ECC Director of Adult, Children, Family and Intergenerational Ministries, led an IMPACT Children’s Ministry event that ran concurrent to the workshop sessions. During the lunch break there were 7 roundtables for those that wanted an opportunity for connection and discussion around a particular topic/concern. Based on a survey, what TLC attenders liked most was: connecting with and meeting others, the combination of interaction and information, sharing ideas with others and being refreshed and revitalized in their mission to serve their church.
Our next training event will take place as part of our 2018 Annual Celebration at Camp Mission Meadows, Dewittville, NY on April 20-21, 2018. These training workshops are open to everyone (not just pastors or delegates). Please save the date and consider joining us!
Fall Retreats for Women and Men
Women Ministries Retreats
The Women Ministries of the GLC had two retreats this fall. The theme for both retreats was “Anchored”. The first retreat was at Portage Lake Bible Camp in Onekama, Michigan, September 22-24. Meagan Gillan, ECC Director of Women Ministries, was the speaker and worship was led by a team of women from LifeChurch (Canton, Michigan).
Portage Lake Bible Camp
The second retreat was held at Camp Mission Meadows in Dewittville, New York, September 29-Oct 1. The speaker was Rev. Kanyere Eaton, pastor of Fellowship Covenant Church in Bronx, New York. The worship was led by Kelsey Kotash of Grace Covenant Church (Clay, New York). A 5K run/walk to support the Lycee Vanette School for Girls in Congo was held at both locations.
Camp Mission Meadows
At both retreats there were breakout sessions covering subjects such as Missional Moms, Praying for Children, BLESS, Depression and Women Ministries in Congo.
Plans are already in place for next year’s retreats:
- Camp Mission Meadows – September 14-16, 2018
- Portage Lake Bible Camp – September 21-23, 2018
The speaker for both retreats will be Sharon Garlough Brown (pictured right), author of the Sensible Shoes series.
Portage Lake Bible Camp had a men’s retreat the weekend of September 29-Oct 1. About 120 men from the region attended. Hector Saucedo from Spirit Life Community Church in Norwalk, California was the speaker.
Next year’s men’s retreat will be September 28-30, 2018.