This year’s district conference enjoyed the most ever in attendance in its existence as New Hope Church helped welcomed 390 participants. Our speaker Brian Berg shared with NCD leaders about loving your congregation well and many shared through video how that looks in their context.

Harry Walls and a stellar praise team kicked off each session leading the conference attendees through an inspired creative time of worship. Brian Berg reminded all in attendance that in loving Christ’s bride “the heart of the matter is the state of the heart,” a concept he brought to life with unforgettable visual aids. During the evening session on Monday, the district took time to thank Dave Linde for his faithful ministry in the NCD of over 23 years. His wisdom and gentle spirit has been enjoyed by many and will be missed. Our workshops covered a range of important issues from legal challenges churches face to human sexuality and identity conversations. The affinity groups as always were a source of encouragement and fellowship for those in attendance.

Tuesday morning’s business session saw the NCD welcome two new churches to the family. The district voted in Northside Neighborhood Church and Living Hope Church to affiliate with the EFCA. We also heard from our ministry partners: Cassia, Christian Investors Financial, FCMM, and Camp Shamineau. They updated those in attendance on their current state of affairs and upcoming endeavors. Kevin Kompelein shared his vision and hope for the future of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Frank Lanier and Andrea Tyson ended their tenures on the NCD Board of Directors. The district voted to have Julie Andersen, Bryan Lair, and Andrew Peterson to remain on and return to the board. Brian Farone gave a district superintendent’s report which included personal and staff updates, upcoming events, and invited NCD churches to consider supporting our shared church planting efforts through regular, annual giving to the North Central Foundation. In the few weeks that have passed since, we have seen churches give one-time gifts and commit to annual foundation contributions for church planting.

What a blessing it was to gather together for great fellowship, teaching, and encouragement. While we experience increased hostility to Christianity and the Gospel, what a great reminder that in times when love is most rejected, it is most needed.

 

2024 District Conference Resources available HERE

Superintendent’s Update HERE

Brian Berg’s Conference Sessions & Love Your Congregation Family Videos HERE