Vision Tour (for pastors and ministry staff only)
As we start a new year, we are excited about our shared dreams and resources for this next decade. We believe God is giving us all we need to fulfill His vision for the Midwest Conference! To that end, we will be hosting lunches in all of our regional clusters throughout February–April. These discussions will have a three-fold focus:
- Our new MWC vision footprint
- New mission giving guidelines
- Generosity tools for the local church
Hopefully, you will be able to attend the lunch scheduled in your region; most lunches will run from 11:30-1:30. Look for more details on specific times and locations from your cluster leaders. You can also join us for any of the following locations/dates:
Kansas City Kansas, Salina
Feb 8 Feb 9
Feb 14, Wakefield Feb 22, Living Hope, Colorado Springs
Feb 15, Lincoln Feb 23, Centennial, Littleton
Mar 1, Omaha Apr 5, LifeSpring, Loveland
Apr 6, Ascent, Louisville
When you receive the invitation from your cluster leader, please RSVP to them so we can make plans to host you for lunch. Or, if you decide to attend a different date/location, notify the conference office at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we’ll make arrangements.
We are grateful for your leadership in our shared ministry of the Midwest Conference.
Ministry Development Workshop - Registration Open
Join us March 27-29 our third Ministry Development Workshop, hosted by Midwest Conference, Freedom Fire Ministries, and Love Mercy Do Justice, to be held at Hillcrest Covenant Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.
If you are planting a church in an urban context, serving in an under-resourced area, or seeking ways to develop community partnerships, this workshop
will give you practical tools for sustainable ministry
. Check out what participants from previous workshops have to say:
- Instead of feeling "locked out" due to lack of resources, I sensed God opening doors of opportunity through the training I and my colleagues received.
- An excellent way to either jumpstart or revitalize your ministry and be inspired by the diverse environment—all that God is doing in pockets all over the country!
- This is a solid investment of time. I highly recommend it for all leaders!
More information can be found here
soon to take advantage of the limited number of spots!
Pan Y Vino Anniversary Celebration
Pastor William Lopez, Pan y Vino Covenant Church, Prairie Village, KS
On January 22, there was great celebration as Pan y Vino Covenant in Prairie Village, Kansas, celebrated their third anniversary. This was a celebration filled with gratitude toward God as more than 250 people—
people from the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Colombia, all united
in the same place—
gathered to exalt Jesus, celebrating, singing, praying. Acknowledging the visit were our friends Pastor Jose and Lupe Sanchez (Siloe Covenant, Kansas City, KS), Pastor Wuifor and Vilma Portillo (Alfa y Omega Covenant, Carthage, MO), Pastor Larry Williams (Hillcrest Covenant, Prairie Village, KS), and Pastor Allan Serrano, MWC adjunct staff for Hispanic churches. Pan y Vino—More than a Church, We are a Family.
We look forward to welcoming Pan Y Vino into membership at this year's Annual Ministry Celebration and Gather 2017!
Financial Training for Church Leadership
How do we align our church budget to our ministry plans? What do I need to know about ministerial compensation and taxation? What does healthy generosity and stewardship look like?
Get answers to these questions and more when you attend this financial seminar designed for church pastors, treasurers, church leadership, and staff,
hosted by Midwest Conference, National Covenant Properties, and Start and Strengthen Churches. A $15 fee
covers lunch and snacks. Early bird registration is required to receive a copy of your church's financial dashboard and an assessment of internal controls (see area flyer for details). Choose from one of the following workshops:
March 4, 2017 - Hillcrest Covenant, Prairie Village, KS
Informational flyer - Prairie Village
Early bird registration deadline:
General registration deadline: February 27
April 1, 2017 - Arvada Covenant, Arvada, CO
Informational flyer - Arvada
Early bird registration deadline: March 10
General registration deadline: March 27
May 13, 2017 - Celebration Covenant, Omaha, NE
Informational flyer - Omaha
Early bird registration deadline: April 21
General registration deadline:
Youth Pastor Serves as MLK Day Keynote Speaker
Jeremy Elseth, Youth Pastor at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Lindsborg, Kansas, served as the keynote speaker at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration at St John's Missionary Baptist Church in Salina, Kansas. Click here
to read about Pastor Elseth's passion for racial reconciliation as he honors the work of Dr. King and recognizes the work still to be done.
Cultivating Caring Community
Judy Davison, member of LifeSpring Covenant Church, Loveland, CO
Cultivating caring community is ingrained in the very DNA of LifeSpring Covenant Church, and for over 15 years, Loveland’s Angel House program has been a part of that DNA. Ever since Kristen Ellis and Barb Mattson shared a community vision of local churches working together to open their doors to provide food and shelter for homeless families with children, LifeSpring members have been steadfast in volunteering their time and talents to give hope for a better future to families in need. Providing healthy meals, hosting the overnight stays, helping with setup, teardown or laundry, all while sharing a welcoming smile and a listening ear, our volunteers have helped to transform lives. This transformation is best told by one of the families recently served through the Angel House program:
I’m a single mom with a beautiful, two-year-old son. I came into Angel House just to see if there might be an opening at that time, and there was—they could take us the day I said I would move out of the house I’d been staying in! One door closed, a new one opened. I felt relieved and scared. I didn’t know how it would be—if my son would like it, if I would be able to parent the way I wanted to, if, if, if. Lots of unknowns to face.
I was scared someone would tell me that all of my ideas on how to improve our situation were wrong and that I’d have to do things I didn’t believe in to get us in a better place. But it wasn’t that way at all. We moved in and had so much support around us. And the wonderful thing was that the worry about whether we would need to move or find another place to stay was gone. I could relax about shelter and just work on what I needed to do. It provided an element of consistency for me and my son when so much was unknown and variable.
This month, with moving help from LifeSpring and Disciples Ministry volunteers, this family exchanged an unknown variable for an address they can call their own as they moved into their new home.
Volunteers helping to transform lives and communities . . . one family at a time.
Truckloads of Hope
As many young adults transition out of the foster care system, they find themselves without the resources and support systems necessary for a successful transition. In effort to ease this transition for youth in Omaha, Nebraska, local agencies collaborated to develop the Youth Mart, a donation center that houses donated toiletries, housewares, clothing, and furniture to help former foster children get started in their own homes. But without a support system, these young people often have no way of moving into their new homes.
Enter the Truck Brigade. Led by Adam Gaines, a group of men from Community Covenant Church in Omaha organized to volunteer their time and trucks to support these young men and women. Once a month, the Truck Brigade picks up furniture items from Youth Mart and helps young people with the heavy lifting. In addition, the Truck Brigade picks up furniture donations from area donors who are unable to transport their donations to the center. Gaines says, “Truck Brigade was started as a spirit-led initiative to fill a need for foster kids who aged out of the system. We fill the role of ‘parent,’ ‘aunt/uncle,’ or ‘neighbor’ these young adults don't have by delivering furniture and household items they might not be able to get. The ministry is all volunteer-based—we don't have any funding, just the desire to help those in need!”
Partnering agencies deeply value the efforts of Truck Brigade volunteers. Brandy Gustoff, Program Manager of Jacobs’ Place Transitional Living at the Omaha Home for Boys, says, “I can’t even put into words what these gentlemen mean to the collaborative. They come rain or shine. They come beyond what they’ve committed to for the month. We could not get donations where they need to go without their support. They are amazing, gracious gentlemen.”
The Truck Brigade—delivering truckloads of hope to the young people of Omaha!
Annual Covenant Attendance Report
Your church should have recently received material for completing the annual Covenant attendance report. Although the health and vitality of an individual congregation is not determined solely by the number of attendees or members or your local income, data collected through this and other reports helps the denomination identify trends, understand present realities, and plan for the future. Statistics make it possible to compare church trends and make recommendations to congregations on everything from ministry areas, to facility needs, to insurance options, etc.
If your church has not yet submitted your annual Covenant attendance report
, please make time to do so today.
Did you know...?
A lot is happening in the Midwest Conference. Catch up on recent changes and events below!
Congratulations to Grace Place
in Berthoud, CO, for being named 2016 Business of the Year by the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce! We are thankful for your ministry to your community!
Congratulations to Tom Cousineau
on his retirement from Executive Director of Covenant Heights Camp and Retreat Center in Estes Park, CO. Tom will continue to serve the camp as Project Manager for the building of the Summit House Activity Center. We are thankful for Tom's many years of service to the conference!
hts welcomes Scott Shaw
as the new Executive Director. Learn more about Scott here
. Welcome to the Midwest Conference, Scott!
recently joined the staff at Christ Community Covenant Church in Arvada, CO, as the new Youth Director. Welcome, Claire!
concluded her service as Interim Pastor at the Covenant church in Ceresco, NE, at the end of December, and Lyle Person
is now serving the church as Interim Pastor. We thank both pastors for their service during this time of transition in the church.
Covenant pastor Dan Shelton
is serving as Interim Pastor at Wheaton United Methodist Church in Wheaton, MO.
of Crossroads Church in Loveland, CO, was promoted from Associate Pastor to Executive Pastor. Congratulations, Katie!
who has been serving as Interim Pastor at Renew Covenant Church in Carroll, IA, was called to serve the church as Pastor. Congratulations, Tim!
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