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Youth BLITZ Conference - April 25-27, Duluth

Family & Children's Ministry Network -     May 8, (date correction) Albert Lea, MN,       Julie Andersen (

Missions Update
Loving Our Neighbors

Pastoral Care Encouragement
Value, Boundaries and Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest Retreat - Aug 24-26,      Timber Bay Camp

EFCA Afternoon with the Twins - June 21, 2014
Flyer/order form, Ticket worksheet  (pdf format), (word format)

NCD Annual Conference
Sessions - audio
2014 NCD Report Book
2014 NCD Conference Book  (pdf)

Faith Community Nursing Newsletter,

Zipline Newsletter -  April 2014

Calendar Dates

The Main Business and Other Business

By Dave Linde

Conference teaching

Our annual district conference on April 7–8 featured Aaron Couch as the main speaker.  True to the mentoring culture of the church where he pastors, he brought an associate pastor along, a mentoree of his, Josh Gray, who also did some of the teaching.  The theme was disciplemaking.  Insights that I found helpful included these:

  • –Luke 10, in the context of the whole book, shows that Satan’s power is defeated as we bless people and proclaim the Kingdom.
  • –According to Matt. 4:19, a disciple is one who is following Jesus, is being changed by Jesus, and is on mission with Jesus.
  • –Disciplemaking cannot happen in a classroom.  Is your church structured so that it can happen?
  • –Leadership is making people uncomfortable at a rate they can tolerate.
  • –Find your leaders in the reclaimed folks in your pews.  In most churches they are not noticed or not given a second chance.
  • –If the pastor wants the church to make disciples, he must start with his own practice: he must be discipling several guys himself, preferably at least one new believer.
  • –Stop trying to be the best church in your community; be the best church for your community.
  • –We will find Jesus in the brokenness around us and in the brokenness inside us.Audio recordings of the teaching sessions can be found on our website.

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