Encore Ministries

Vision and Mission

At the June NCD Senior Council meeting, it was decided to adopt a new name for the NCD Senior Ministry. Henceforth we will be known as the NCD Encore Ministry.  An encore is usually indicated when a performance is done well and the audience calls the performer back for an encore.

The NCD Encore Ministry is designed to encourage and inspire adults 50+ to be actively engaged in their local churches and beyond, creating successful retirement years serving in their giftedness.  The NCD Encore Ministry is for older adults  who want to experience an encore after retirement.  They are not ready for an active, fruitful life to be over. They want an encore, engaging in meaningful opportunities to serve, setting Christ-honoring goals for a fruitful life.

“Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.” Psalm 92:13-14

It is to that end that we will continue to offer events, retreats, and other opportunities to encourage and equip older adults to take an encore and serve faithfully wherever the Lord leads them.

ENCORE Spring Celebration,  Monday, April 23, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM  at Constance EFC, Andover.  Speaker: Dr. Marcus Bachmann, founder of Counseling Care and husband to Michelle Bachmann, former US Representative. More details and registration information  to follow.

ENCORE Fall Fling, Monday –Tuesday, Sept. 10 -11, 2018, Camp Shamineau, Motley, MN   Speaker, Pastor Randy Ahlberg will be returning to inspire and motivate the 55+ Generation.  Details to follow.


  • Training Sessions
  • Growth Sessions
  • Fellowship Sessions
  • Avenues of Outreach

Ministry Activities

  • Encore Spring Celebration
  • Encore Fall Retreat
  • Singspirations
  • Mission Trips
  • Service Projects

Contact Information

Contact Person:
Betty A. Swanson,
NCD Encore Ministry Coordinator
651-429-4910 H.
651-470-7421 C.

Encore Council:

  • Ed & Ardith Bender, South Suburban EFC, Apple Vallley
  • Herb Bloomquist, Shamineau Ministries,
  • Jim & Irene Brown, Lincoln EFC, Lincoln
  • Nathan Greenwalt, First EFC, Maplewood
  • Wes & Carol Johnson, Lincoln EFC, Lincoln
  • Harry & Louise Swanson, First EFC Maplewood
  • Ron & Betty Swanson (Council Chairperson), Rockpoint Church (EFC), Lake Elmo

Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Chairman of the NCD Senior Adult Council includes giving leadership to the ministry activities for the senior adults of the North Central District. At the present time these activities include a Senior Celebration (spring luncheon) and a Senior Retreat (fall retreat).

711 10th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55415