2016 AMC Registration Brochure
Registration Deadline - April 10!
At this year's AMC, we wish to recognize the following individuals as we anticipate their Ordination to Word and Sacrament (OWSa) or Ordination to Word and Service (OWSe) at the Covenant Annual Meeting in June:
For Women who Happen to be Pastors
Katie Martinez, Associate Pastor of Crossroads Covenant Church in Loveland, invites women who happen to be pastors to join her for lunch and fellowship in Room 207 after the closing session of the AMC.
Box lunches are provided for conference registrants. In addition to submitting your AMC registration, please RSVP to the MWC office at email@example.com
if you plan to attend this lunch. For those of you who do not plan to attend the AMC but would like to attend the lunch for women pastors, please RSVP to the MWC office.
Friday Evening Worship
We invite those from Covenant churches in the surrounding area to join us for Friday evening worship on April 22 at 7:00 pm. An offering will be collected for the Pastoral Care and Crisis Fund.
Ask the Lord of the Harvest
Be sure to send your church's Ask the Lord of the Harvest cards with your delegates. We will pray over these as part of the Friday evening worship service at the AMC.
Churches, please be sure to send your credential card identifying your church's delegates to the conference office right away. Credential cards may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 402-334-3060.
Churches Working Together
In the month of February, Iowa pastors Matt King (ECC, Stanton) Tyler Johnson (ECC, Albert City) and Tim Hawkinson (Renew Covenant, Carroll) traded locations as part of a three-week pulpit swap. King and Johnson have met on a monthly basis for some time and when the former pastor of the Carroll church moved in August, they were joined by Hawkinson, Carroll’s interim.
"It was a blessing to spend time with the other congregations and see first-hand their worshiping community,” wrote King.
"It was so great to see Matt and Tyler's settings and to meet Covenanters from across the state who supported the church planting efforts at Renew and wanted to hear about how things are going. I am so glad that our people were able to gain a greater sense of our denominational family, as well,” said Hawkinson.
Over the three weeks, the pastors shared sermons relating to a thematic series covering Jesus' I Am
statements in the gospel of John. The swap introduced new faces to the churches, deepened their denominational bond, and enabled each pastor to write two fewer sermons that month (the same message was preached in each location).
King added, "The church family is diverse but we all want to see God at work in our lives and community. We gained a new motivation to serve, worship, and grow together as congregations."
The three pastors are currently considering how the congregations can partner together for combined worship gatherings, service projects, and perhaps even an intergenerational camp experience this summer.
Developing Missional Leaders
Over the past several months, ten different church leadership teams and nearly 350 people have participated in leadership training for lay leaders throughout Northern Colorado and Omaha, Nebraska. This was truly a collaborative effort as Midwest Conference staff and clusters of Covenant churches worked together to help develop, host, and resource these gatherings. Training topics included:
- leadership formation and development
- values and identity
- what leadership teams pay attention to in an era of ongoing change
- imagination, creativity, and mission
Pastor Bert Wright of Council Tree Covenant Church in Fort Collins, CO, says, "The best indicator for me as to how effective a leadership training event has been is what happens after the event. My favorite story from an event Dan Pietrzyk hosted for us this past fall was that someone who actually did not attend the event walked through the material with someone who did go and got so fired up about it that she brought it to her small group and even used it with her extended family."
If you are interested in being part of a cohort to develop missional leaders within the Midwest Conference, contact any of the conference staff today!
Thoughts from our President about what it means to be in it together
I’m confident that our mission is going to remain strong. We have good leaders in a new streamlined structure, who are committed to serving our churches and uniting our churches in service together.
But Covenant strength is not just the strength of our mission, it is also the strength of our interconnectedness. It is, after all, the very character our name seeks to capture. My heart yearns around the importance of Covenant connectivity.
. . . 90,000 to 230,000. That is the growth that has taken place in the ECC over the past twenty-three years . . . At 230,000, denominational dynamics shift, just as they do in a growing congregation . . . But relational patterns change with growth. Relationships are still a huge part of our character—but they are not as inevitable, not as virtually guaranteed as they once were. Deep connection and cohesion is attainable and we all desire it, but it’s not the certainty it once might have been.
The implication is that when some of that previously predictable stickiness is not as easily produced, when stress comes it can be easier to pull away from each other because the relational glue might not be as bonded.
My challenge is this: Let us each ask, what am I contributing to the relational glue of the ECC? How can I more deeply engage, get to know, and support others?
. . . This is who we are at our best—with the mission going forward and relationships growing deeper. In that simple rhythm, this little corner of the kingdom will keep chugging along in fruitfulness and friendship—strengthened through the very character our name Covenant seeks to capture.
This is an excerpt from the March 4, 2016, Covenant Companion article, Compass Bearings: Covenant Cohesion. Click here to read the full article. Gary Walter serves as the President of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Did you know...?
A lot is happening in Midwest Conference churches. Catch up on recent changes below!
IgniteKC.tv, a Covenant church in Olathe, KS, celebrated its many years of worship on March 13, 2016, before closing its doors. We praise God for his wonderful work throughout the life of this church.
Welcome Interim Pastor
Pastor Mike McInnis is now serving as Interim Pastor at Brantford Covenant Church in Clyde, KS. Please pray for Pastor Mike and Brantford Covenant as they discern God's calling for their church during this time of transition.
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Understanding the Multi-ethnic, Intergenerational Church
Our churches are losing ground in an increasingly diverse society. But we can do something about it. Come join us for a morning of exploring the importance and process of our churches becoming more multicultural and intergenerational. You will learn how to grow your ministry by understanding and responding to the changes in the population and people you see around you.
Understanding the Multi-ethnic, Intergenerational Church
May 7, 2016, 9:00-11:30 am
The PEAK Community Center/Aurora Community Covenant Church
3401 S. Chambers, Aurora, CO