From April 27-29, 2018, more than 50 pastors and spouses came to confer, learn, pray, encourage, worship, and laugh with each other around the theme, “Less Talk More Action”. Pastor Dave Stall and the congregation at the First Hopkinton SDB Church proved to gracious and generous hosts for all of us. Our bellies and hearts were full from the food and fellowship shared.
On Friday, we heard from John Pethtel about Biblical Productivity; Garfield Miller on Spontaneous Ministry; Rod Henry on Vision; Nate Crandall on Strategic Planning; and Dave Stall on Measuring Action.
On Sabbath, we joined with the congregation at the First Hopkinton SDB Church for worship with Johnmark Camenga preaching about our identity in Christ. Lori Roeleveld was our guest speaker on Sabbath afternoon with a fantastic presentation on the Art of Hard Conversations. She will be one of our guests at our annual Conference sessions this year.
On Sunday, Patty Petersen and Steve Osborn helped us to understand why we would want to Partner Together. We then went to the Pawcatuck SDB Church in Westerly, RI for a tour and lunch courtesy of Cindy Nadeau. Our afternoon ended with a tour of the Newport SDB Meeting House at the Newport Historical Society where we sang together and learned from Janet Thorngate lessons from the pastors of the Newport SDB Church on how to take more action.
It was a blessed weekend! Thank you for sending your pastor to this time of refreshment and encouragement! Next year we will meet for the 2019 Pastors Conference in the Janesville/Milton, WI area around the theme, “Mobilize”.