Please Note: Workshops will be repeated in the second session.
1. Ladies:“My Journey from Negative to Positive” - Faye Mummau (PA)
When we naturally think and see the negative, it takes a real effort to find the positive. My desire over the years has been to become more Christlike in this area. During our time together, I will be sharing ideas about what has been helpful to me, and how through my victories and failures God has been faithful in it all.
2. Ladies: “Finding Joy in Surrender” or “Living with Joy through Disappointments” - Charlene King (Spain)
Disappointments are a common experience. How do we as Christ followers respond when things don’t go as we would choose? We will explore questions like these and consider where we might find joy in those hard places.
3. “Tick, Tick, Tick...Time Never Stops” - Nelson Gehman (PA)
We will explore ways to manage workload, avoid stress, and create margin. Time is opportunity, but balance is the important ingredient for satisfactory results in life.
4. “There is No “I” in Team” - Loren Yoder (PA)
We will be looking at the two sides of this statement. One side is to discuss how leaders can lead in a way as to bring everyone together and pull in the same direction. The other side is what do we do if our church has a hard time coming on board or our family feels trapped in a ministry they didn't sign up for.
5. “Maintaining Boundaries in Ministry” - Trulan Martin (PA)
Proper boundaries are an essential part of any healthy relationship, and they are vital in the minister's relationship with the congregation. How can we burn brightly for Christ without burning out? Is it possible to instill in our children the joy of serving the body of Christ - rather than leaving them cynical and embittered? What about loving our wives? This workshop will explore ways to protect ourselves and our families from burnout, the importance of privacy and confidentiality, and practical ways to invest in our families.
6. “What Goes IN Will Come OUT” - Marvin Bender (IA)
This phrase describes both individuals and churches. Have you ever wondered why so many of our children are not maintaining the convictions of our conservative churches? If we teach them (What goes in), what causes them to reject that teaching (Will come out)? What are the reasons, and is there a remedy? We will learn from the responses of some who have left.
7. “Time is of the Essence” - Allen Roth (NYC)
This workshop is designed to assist participants in making the most of the treasure of time God gives us. We will review insights from a Bible passage on "redeeming the time", share a few practical lessons gleaned from life and ministry, as well as give time for Q & A with input from the group.
8. “Gospel-Centered Diversity – A Vision for Reflecting Revelation 7 in our Churches” - Rich Schwartz (NYC)
Revelation 7 tells us that heaven will have “all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues.” In heaven, there will certainly be racial, ethnic and cultural diversity as we gather together to worship the Lamb.
Here in America, Conservative Anabaptists have not displayed this diversity and rarely include people of other backgrounds and ethnicities. Should this not be a concern? What steps is God prompting us to take to recognize the problem, understand the challenges, and chart a more God-honoring way?
In this panel, we will discuss some of the history that has gotten us to where we are today, consider important steps we may need to take, and field questions from those who join us.
9. “A Vision for Reaching Hispanics in North America”
- Bob Miller (FL)
Reaching Hispanics/ Alcanzando a los Hispanos – Por que de tal manera amó Dios al mundo… Did you understand that? It’s the best news that ever was! The Hispanics make up the second largest ethnic group in the US. How can we reach them with the Gospel?
10. “How Does a Pastor Talk to His Family About Sexuality?” - Bob Webb (NC)
We will discuss the gender identity crisis and homosexual tendencies in some people. When and what to say to our children when they ask questions about sex.
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