April Newsletter Problems

April 18, 2012

We apologize for the technical issues we're having with posting our current newsletter.  Although we did publish a newsletter early this month, we're aware that last month's newsletter is showing up in it's place. Please bear with us as we endeavor to repair the problem and get our newsletter back up and running.

Did you receive your April newsletter in your email inbox?  If you did not and would like to receive it, please CONTACT PAULA and she will send it to you.

In the meantime, we're pasting our April newsletter here for you to read.  And we hope to have this problem resolved before our May newsletter is published.  

The Brethren Church
April 3, 2012

Office Closed

The National Office will be CLOSED in observance of Good Friday, April 6. We will resume regular business hours on Monday April 9.

General Conference

It's nearly time for General Conference.

Registration is now avaiable online.

Plan now to bring your Leadership Team to Ashland, July 18-22. You'll experince all the leadership development together and be better equiped as a team to return to your church and begin to move forward in your ministry!

All conference information can be found here

Moderator and Executive Board Nominations DUE APRIL 15

The 2010 General Conference adopted a new process for nomination and election of members of the Executive Board of The Brethren Church.
In July, Conference will fill the position of Moderator and two three-year at-large positions on the board (all terms expiring in 2015). Those positions are currently filled by: Moderator – Ronald W. Waters; Executive Board – Jayne Wilcox and Richard Morris. All are eligible for re-election.

The Executive Board welcomes nominees for these positions. Candidates should:

• Have a broad knowledge of The Brethren Church and its ministries
• Have an adequate understanding of and commitment to our mission, vision, and core values (included on the “Nomination Information Form”)
• Be available to attend General Conference annually, attend at least two other face-to-face meetings of the board during the year (generally in Ashland), and participate in telephone conference calls at other times
• Be committed to working together as a team

Candidates for nomination for Moderator and the Executive Board must complete a “Nomination Information Form” in order to be considered. This form must be completed and returned to the General Conference Secretary, Scott Soden, by April 15, 2012, in order to be considered for nomination.

To learn how to nominate a candidate - visit HERE

Ministry Transitions

Congregations now engaged in an Intentional Interim process: Rev. Larry Stafford (from IPM) will be serving at Milford (IN), Rev. Todd & Tracy Ruggles are serving at Pleasant View (PA), Dr. Alan & Cheryl Schmiedt are serving at Masontown (PA), and Rev. Billy & Norene Hesketh are now serving at College Corner (IN). The St. James (MD) congregation will be moving into an Intentional Interim season as Dr. Brian Moore concludes his ministry there this summer.

Hammond Avenue (IA) recently extended a call to Pastor Larry McKinney from Waterloo. He begins his ministry there on April 16.

Congregations elsewhere in the Transition journey: New Paris (IN), Burlington (IN), Warsaw (IN), Elkhart First (IN), and Roanoke (IN)

Please pray for Billy and Norene Hesketh and for Larry McKinney as they settle into their new roles. Pray also for Brian Moore, Peter Roussakis and Kurt Snyder as they conclude their current seasons of ministry. Pray for all our congregations in transition as they take their next steps forward.

Are you a Pastor in Transition?

If you are in a season of personal ministry transition, let's talk about how the MOBILIZE team can help you prepare for your next ministry context. Send Gary Diehl an updated copy of your Pastoral Profile and resume, then call 877-289-1708 for more details.

Intentional Interim Ministry Training

Interim Pastor Ministries (www.interimpastors.com) is hosting an orientation and training event April 12-13 near Chicago, IL for anyone considering Intentional Interim ministry. Five Brethren leaders will be attending, but there may be room for you if you are interested. To explore this type of specialized and increasingly important ministry, contact Gary ASAP for more details.

Coaching Update

Interested in becoming a certified coach, or sharpening your coaching focus? CoachNet is offering Standard Certification, Specialized and Advanced Coach training at Ashland Theological Seminary the week of May 14-18. You can earn CEU's for this training! Visit the CoachNet website (https://bridge.coachnet.org/v.4/module/Store) for more details on all available tracks. Then make sure you check with Gary at the National Office to take advantage of our significant "Partnership" discount.

CoachNet will also be offering some specialized training and new tools for coaching Church Planters and Teams very soon. We will need several of you to serve in those important areas of focus, in addition to Leadership Effectiveness. Email Gary to let him know which area of interest you would like to pursue.

Catalyst is Coming

Mark your calendar now to attend Catalyst with us!

This amazing event takes place October 3-5, in Atlanta, GA. We have reserved 25 tickets so that we can experience Catalyst together as a group. Begin now to discuss with your leadership board and plan to bring 1 or 2 people with you. The experience is even greater with your leaders present. But remember to contact us as soon as possible before the tickets are gone! Ticket prices are $159/person.

Please contact Gary or Paula that you are intersted in attending with us.

More information about Catalyst can be found at www.catalystconference.com.


District Conferences

Several area district conference are coming up in April. Be sure to attend in your area and share in what God is doing in our churches. A national office staff member will be in attendance at each conference.  Please feel free to connect with them should you have questions for them.

Report from the Loi's China Mission Trip

March 21, 2012

The Loi's have returned safely from their Feb.-Mar. mission trip to China.   Continue Reading »

Brethren Peace Initiative

National Day of Prayer – “For Peace”

Brethren Peace Initiative always welcomes every opportunity to encourage folks to PRAY FOR PEACE – and the 61st Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer is one of those excellent times.
The date is Thursday, May 3rd – or the Sunday before (April 29) or the Sunday following (May 6). [For complete details and resources, Google National Day of Prayer and be sure to examine the several links.] BPI encourages you to add “prayers for peace” to the other thoughts and concerns suggested.
On the website you will learn that Dr. David Jeremiah is the Honorary Chairman. Dr. Jeremiah is the founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and Senior Pastor of the Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego. Here is his prayer for this event:

Heavenly Father,
Every good gift and perfect gift comes from You. You are a faithful God and Your mercy endures forever. You have promised to bless the nation that trusts in You. Our currency proclaims “In God We Trust,” but in our culture we are far from You. In the words of the prophet Daniel, “We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.” We come before You once more, seeking Your forgiveness and mercy. You, O God, are our only hope... Hear our prayer and, for your honor’s sake, shine Your face upon this nation. Give our leaders the desire to seek Your wisdom and the courage to follow Your guidance, and watch over the men and women of our armed forces as they sacrifice for the cause of freedom. We give You thanks for all You have done for us, and we earnestly pray that You will help us become, once again, a nation whose God is the Lord. In the name of Your Son, and our Savior, we pray this prayer. Amen.

As requested above, please include some “prayer thoughts for peace” in your praying for our country – for greater peace on all levels and in all situations (interpersonal, organizational, national, and international).
Thank you for your peace-praying regularly,
Phil Lersch, BPI Facilitator

The Brethren Church National Offices
524 College Avenue, Ashland OH 44805
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