Today in Minnesota it is a balmy -10 degrees. Don’t you think it is time to head south?? Well, we do!! AFLC Home Missions invites you to get away for a few days of sun at Calvary Free Lutheran in Mesa, AZ for our 2017 Leadership Retreat February 6- 9. Our 2017 theme of EQUIPPED: The How of Discipleship comes from II Timothy 3:17 which states “so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work”. Last year we looked at the theme of Creating a Culture of Discipleship. Our retreat vision for 2017 is to encourage our pastors, wives and congregational leaders in their respective ministries and provide practical helps in the how of discipleship.
We are very excited to announce our speakers for our Leadership Retreat 2017.
Dr. Steven Lombardo
Our evening speaker will be Dr. Steven Lombardo from Illinois. Dr. Lombardo has a passion to encourage pastors and their wives to remain faithful to their calling, their marriages and family, and to the precious Word of God. He has served as a pastor of churches in Illinois and Southern California and as an evangelist with the Lutheran Evangelistic Movement. In addition, he has taught at the AFLC schools and has been a visiting instructor at the Filadelfia Bible College and Seminary in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. He and his wife, Angie, have five adult children and seven grandchildren.
Bob Baldwin is an engineer who grew up in Bozeman, MT. He attended Montana Tech where he played varsity basketball and was known around campus as “Bible Bob” where he along with other Christian friends started Bible studies in the dormitory where many were led to Christ.
Bob left college knowing that disciple-making is very important and needed in every church. Sadly, he found that very few churches were actually doing it. After seeking out the best solution to the problem, he found the International Evangelism Association and Operation Multiplication. He now serves on the IEA board and is also the Volunteer Minister of Disciple-Making at First Baptist Church in Katy, TX. Bob is the President/CEO of CNG 4 America that is building CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fueling stations to help the USA become energy independent and to help fund disciple-making around the world.
Bob married his wife Gertie in 1979. Gertie has a masters degree in Herbology and strives to help as many people as she can to be healthy servants of God
Please begin praying for our speakers and pleading for the Holy Spirit to work in our midst during this special time. We all need to be re-energized, re-ignited and refreshed. Come with prepared and expectant hearts to meet the Lord in a fresh new way.
We look forward to warming up in the sun, with the Son and in the warm fellowship of spending time with you!
February 6-9, 2017
Monday Evening - Thursday Noon
Calvary Free Lutheran
590 N 96th Street
Mesa, AZ 85207-7006
Scholarships are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
HOUSING + MEALS
Host homes arranged by Calvary Free Lutheran. Breakfast at host homes. Other meals hosted or coordinated through CFL.
Here is what some of our pastors, parish builders, and lay leaders are saying about the Retreat:
Such a wonderful retreat! Not just AZ and the weather, but Calvary’s pastor and people, our HMC wives and their selfless serving, and the rich time in Word and worship and fellowship. I came thinking I was going to be giving, but I was so impacted by the presence of God and the Lord’s dealing with me in love and correction that I came away being powerfully refreshed in a way that I have not experienced in years.- Home Missions Committee Member
The conference had dynamic presenters with powerful messages in each presentation. The theme in the morning meetings was praying to our Father who wants to meet with us and desires a relationship with us. The afternoon message stressed the importance of “listening” to the Father. We also learned how to see interruptions in ministry as a blessing.- Home Missions Parish Builder
Past Home Missions Leadership Retreats
Home Missions Leadership Retreat
Mesa, AZ, Feb 1-4, 2016
In 2016 we looked at how rapidly our world was changing. The horrific events in Paris that brought tragedy and grief to many homes, families and that nation had happened a short time before. The question often asked was, “Are things falling apart? But perhaps we should rephrase this question from a Christian perspective, “Are things falling together?” “Is God allowing things to fall together for His plan and purposes? Each day brings us closer to the day when that trumpet will sound and we will be united with the Lord forever.
At the retreat we emphasized that until He comes through those clouds, we have much work to do. We want to make the most of every opportunity to share the Good News and minister effectively. Some of the topics from this years retreat included:
· Teaching People how to Study the Bible
· "Salt and Light"
· From Oppression to Liberty: How the East German Churches Brought Down the Berlin Wall
· Sharing the Gospel
· Using Technology for Discipleship
· More Than Conquerors: Standing Firm on Faith in a Secular World
· Spiritual Warfare
· Avoiding Burnout
· And MUCH MUCH MORE!
- Canvassing Survey templates will be available for download SOON!