An annual conference devoted to training, encouraging and connecting church leaders from the congregations of the ABC-Northwest, at beautiful Ross Point Camp & Conference Center on the shores of the Spokane River in Post Falls, ID. The gathering starts on Monday, Sept 29th with lunch and concludes with Tuesday evening’s final session after dinner, Sept. 30. Oct 1 starts with an early breakfast and is a travel day.
This year’s Tune-Up features Val Clemen, Ph. D. Chair of Pastoral Ministries Department and Education Ministries professor at Multnomah Seminary, and Gene Appel, Senior Pastor of Eastside Christian Church, Fullerton, CA.
Visit the Leadership Tune-Up page to for downloads.
Just a reminder that every ABC-NW church may use the Mission Insite service without charge as long as our subscription is in force. So don’t delay. Check it out today. Go to www.missioninsite.com and review the various tools that are provided. Then call or email the Region office to receive the special code for setting up your account. Here are a few highlights of what can be done with the service:
1. Discover what people in your immediate community believe about God, Jesus, the Bible, morality etc. Or check out their religious affiliations and spiritual preferences. This information is all available through the Quadrennium Project report.
2. Map where the people in your church live. Compare their lifestyle choices to their neighbors. This will provide a better sense of how well your people are prepared to connect with their neighbors.
3. Learn the true religious and ethnic make up of your community. Many churches hold to distorted views that are not backed by the facts. For example, one ABC-NW church believed that its primary target group should be people under 40. Then they studied their immediate community and discovered that the under 40 group was actually declining. The primary growth segment were people over 55. They adjusted their worship service time to match the preferred worship time for this age group. Do you know what time that is? It’s 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Previously they were trying to expand an 11:00 AM service to reach people under 40 and were frustrated by their lack of growth. They dropped the 11:00 AM service and started concentrating on growing the 9:00 AM service. Since making the changes they are no longer frustrated and their 9:00 AM service is growing.
4. Discover the lifestyle preferences of the people in your community. This will help your church match your ministries to the needs and preferences of those that you are trying to reach. Knowing this information can help shape the type of sermons preached, the style of worship and even the choice of coffee. All of this information is available through the highly sophisticated, current lifestyle information that can be customized to your immediate community.