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Best Practices for Ministry Heartland

Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland 2019

Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

Cornerstone Lutheran Carmel, IN 

 

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THE CONFERENCE: BEST PRACTICES

With the goal of helping other congregations most effectively use their God-given gifts, Christ Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Arizona, started the Best Practices for Ministry Conference. Since it began, the conference has been presented free of charge to all who attend. Participants are greeted with warm hospitality, great speakers and practical workshops. The Conference has grown greatly since its start, expanding to the Midwest.

In 2015, Carmel Lutheran (now Cornerstone Lutheran) brought the concept of the conference to Indiana to make it more easily accessible to more congregations "in the Heartland". St. Peter's Lutheran in Columbus assumed the leadership of the Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland conference for 2017 and 2018 and turned the reigns back over to Cornerstone Lutheran for 2019.

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  • 2019: Unmistakable

    Heading into the fifth year for Best Practices for Ministries Heartland, the theme for 2019 is Unmistakeable. What is unique to the church? Jesus! In all of our mission and ministry efforts, our unmistakable aim is to proclaim Christ.

  • Location/Contact

    Cornerstone Lutheran Church
    4850 E. Main Street
    Carmel, IN 46033

  • Schedule

    Schedule for 2019 coming soon!

    CONFERENCE SCHEDULE FOR 2018

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018

    10:00 am Vendor check-in

    11:00 Prayer Garden open until 1:00 PM

    Noon Participant Registration opens

    Exhibit Hall opens

    1:00 Welcome

    2:00 Break

    2:30 Session #1

    3:45 Break

    4:15 Session #2

    5:30 Break

    5:45 Keynote #1 : Tony Roberts & Eric Riddle

    6:45 Dinner & Fun

     

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018

    8-9 Continental Breakfast/Informal Networking

    Prayer Garden (hours to be published later)

    9:00 Session #3

    10:15 Break

    10:45 Session #4

    Noon Lunch

    1:30 Keynote #2: Tony & Pat McClendon

    2:45 Break

    3:15 Session #5

    4:30 Break

    5:00 Exhibit Hall closes

    5:15 Dinner & Fun

    7:00 Classical Worship with congregation: Preacher Pastor Eric Trickey

     

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018

    8:00 Breakfast and Table Discussion: Pastor Mark Teike

    10:00 Closing

    10:30 Conference Concludes

  • Keynote Speakers

    Stay tuned for keynote speakers for 2019!

    2018 Keynote Speakers:

    WEDNESDAY EVENING:

    TONY ROBERTS & ERIC RIDDLE

    What does healing mean to you? How can it be received and maintained? Eric Riddle and Tony Roberts have tackled this issue in an intimate way as they wrestle with mental health diagnoses. In Eric's pivotal work with the flood recovery effort, he discovered how to serve his way to sanity. Tony turned inward, writing a spiritual memoir called, Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission. Eric and Tony then teamed up to found a faith-based mental health support group Faithful Friends. They were then led to produce Revealing Voices, a podcast that is faith-based, peer-led, story-driven, and stigma-breaking.

    Eric and Tony will discuss how God them into mental health ministry, where they find Christ's strength in their own weaknesses, and what the Holy Spirit can do when believers reach out to those with troubled minds.

    THURSDAY AFTERNOON:

    TONY & PAT MCCLENDON

    Tony is pastor of Faith Ministries in Columbus, IN, and the Diversity Coordinator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation. Tony & Pat will share the challenges of leading a church that focuses on appreciating the diversity of God's people. They will share how all congregations should be open to ministering to those that God puts in their paths regardless of how different they may seem.

    THURSDAY EVENING:

    PASTOR ERIC TRICKEY

    Eric Trickey is the lead pastor of a large congregation, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Decatur, Illinois. He is a grateful alcoholic with 8 years of sobriety, and a ready-to-be-done-with-it-already battler of stage 4 colon cancer. Eric says he doesn’t know much, but he does know Jesus, and how to keep putting one foot in front of the other, one day at a time. As the preacher in our Thursday worship service, Eric will share how God is faithful through all the trials and tribulations of life.
    FRIDAY MORNING:

    PASTOR MARK TEIKE

    Mark Teike is the senior pastor at the host church, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Columbus, IN. Mark will facilitate us as teams and individuals to apply things learned at the Best Practices Conference to our home church situations. Mark will challenge us to continue to strive for excellence as we seek to serve in our roles as servant leaders.

  • Accommodations

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  • Extend Your Stay
     

    Make a long weekend out of your stay

    Fall is in full gear in Central Indiana and there’s tons to do and see this time of the year. Consider extending your stay a few days after Best Practices and enjoying a long weekend in the area. Here are some of the local highlights:

     


    CARMEL ARTS & DESIGN DISTRICT

    Carmel’s downtown area, known as the Carmel Arts & Design District, perfectly mixes quaint Main Street USA with modern shopping and dining. Browse the boutiques, meander through the antique stores and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants — it’s quintessential small town in a big city!

    Arts & Design District Website


    MONON TRAIL

    Spanning over 20 miles from downtown Indy north through Westfield, the Monon Trail is a popular spot for walkers, runners and bikers. Once a railroad, the trail is now the perfect spot to get some fresh air and a little exercise.

    Monon Trail Website


    CONNER PRAIRIE

    Step back in time and experience Indiana before she became a state at Conner Prairie. This interactive history park has indoor and outdoor exhibits and is fun for all ages. See a Civil War battle recreation, visit an Indian camp and take a hot air balloon ride.

    Conner Prairie Website