It is an honor to be re-elected as the Minnesota Conference President. I am excited to see continued growth throughout our conference, and look forward to the many opportunities for future growth.
Looking to the future, we must ask ourselves where we want to focus our resources. This moves us into strategic planning, and at the conference level, we are using the EYES on Eternity acronym to focus our ministries on Evangelism, Youth Ministry, Education, Spirituality, Stewardship and Service. Using this acronym, each church and school at the local level will have the opportunity to set their own goals focused on these key areas of ministry.
Over the next four years, you can expect to see more churches being planted, stronger intentional focus on outreach of various forms, continued growth in our Adventurer, Pathfinder and Master Guide clubs. Attendance at North Star Camp is expected to reach capacity and remain steady over the next few years. We welcomed new Education Superintendent John Bedell this summer, after the retirement of Connie McCormick. He brings 33 years of diverse experience, and we expect to see continued development of our schools. We also plan to renovate Maplewood Academy over the next few years, starting with remodeling the dormitory bathrooms with the help of Maranatha. Keep your eyes peeled for future updates to MWA coming down the pipeline. We’re focused on encouraging our members to walk daily with Jesus, and to mingle with people as one who desires their good. It’s important to take the time to be genuinely involved in a person’s life in a meaningful way – in other words, Christ’s method – so that we may win that person for the kingdom of God.
It has been a blessing to work for the Minnesota Conference, and I look forward to seeing His continued blessings rain upon His church.
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