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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.
- 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.
Cornerstone Lutheran Church
4850 E. Main Street
Carmel, IN 46033
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
2:30 Session #1
4:15 Session #2
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
10:45 Session #4
1:30 Keynote #2: Tony & Pat McClendon
3:15 Session #5
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
10:30 Conference Concludes
- Keynote Speakers
Stay tuned for keynote speakers for 2019!
2018 Keynote Speakers:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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