The topic of September's Ignite Intensive is Leading Change. This event is open to anyone in the conference who would like to come and it is highly recommended that pastors bring their leadership team. Both intensives will be held simultaneously from 6:30-8:30pm on September 25th. Dearborn will be hosting one and the other location is TBA. You are welcome to attend whichever location is closer to you.
For those who are dealing with pastors or churches that are trying to get on top of the sexuality matters, The River Conference recently held a stellar conference inviting Dr. Preston Sprinkle. Bishop Thomas reports that Dr. Sprinkle’s theology, practice of compassionate ministry and coaching to churches on how to approach the matter of LGBTQ matters is very much in line with the essential posture of the FMCUSA. Following is an event at which Preston will be presenting. Engaging Questions of Faith, Sexuality and Gender in the Church, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am-4:00pm (lunch will be served), Registration begins at 8:00am, Pinnacle Conference Center; 3330 Highland Drive; Hudsonville, MI 49426. You can learn more about a complete description of the topics you can expect to be covered when you attend. (https://www.centerforfaith.com/programs/leaders-forums). Or you can buy one of Preston’s books on the matter. They are worth your review, familiarity and reference.
A day of fun for pastors, spouses and their families, all for free! There will be a catered meal, served at 5:30pm, hay rides, boats/canoes/kayaks, bounce house, beautiful camp, line dancing, and fireworks. RSVP to Jerilynn Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-585-4971 by Oct. 13, 2017
Theme: Prayer and Community Transformation
Keynote Speaker: George Otis, Jr.
George Otis Jr. is the founder and president of the Sentinel Group, a Christian research, media, and training agency focused on transforming revival. Best known as the producer of the award-winning Transformations documentaries, a series viewed by an estimated 200 million people in 175 nations, George has also authored six books. He frequently speaks at international conferences, and is chief architect of The Journey to Transformation, a thorough revival preparation and maintenance process for communities desiring societal transformation.
Registration for the 3rd National Prayer Summit opens October 1. Begin making plans now to come and bring a team from your church. Based on the overwhelming positive response to the first two summits, we are anticipating about 500 registrants!
For more information on the FMC National Prayer Ministry, click here.
Come learn about multiplication from speakers such as Bishop Matt Thomas, Dr. Don Ross, Michael Forney, Ron Kuest, Annie Roberts, Josh Herbert and more! There will be three tracks available to follow: multiplying disciples, multiplying leaders, and multiplying churches. More info coming soon!
September 15th and 19th's LDC cohorts are being merged into a single cohort for all of our lead pastors. This is a very important meeting where we will be establishing a two year plan for leadership development. It will take place in Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church's CFC-4 room from 9am-1pm on September 15th. Please join us then.
Many of you know Lance Witt. Lance has a friend who has been involved in developing a film that addresses the addiction to pornography and its blight upon our communities. And, we know that it is prevalent in our churches. If you would like to screen the film in its entirety before tonight, email email@example.com for the link. We would caution you not to just promote it unless you have viewed it. One person evaluating it said that it might not be for the spouse of a person struggling and is weighted upon pornography and its association with abuse, which we know is only a portion of the story. Get tickets and see if it's playing at a theater near you, here.