Here’s some high points of what you experienced at District Conference (if there) and missed (if not):
Brandon nailed it!
- definitions of discipleship and disciple-making
- the challenge of preaching a gospel that actually embraces discipleship (not every version of the ‘gospel’ does)
- the deception of equating information with transformation in our ministries
Brandon further clearly outlined:
- the ‘what’ of disciple-making is love
- the ‘who’ are the (open, responsive) ‘people of peace’ the Spirit leads us to
- the ‘how’ is being with people in such a way that Jesus is revealed
- the ‘why’ is a recognition of our adoption into the family of God
Daren Wride took Brandon’s content and asked us uncomfortable questions.
Daren’s one of our Transitional Pastors (among other things he does) and I asked Daren to interact with Brandon’s presentation and address us with his reflections on our theme during the business session. Daren was provocative and insightful:
- What ‘version’ of the gospel are we actually preaching in our churches and is discipleship in our purview when we call people to embrace Jesus?
- “Very specifically, does our call to people, from the outset, assume that they will be a part of a Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, missional, disciple-multiplying movement?” (direct quote)
- What’s the hard part of making disciples, the bottleneck, the primary constraint? Daren’s thesis: The hard part is actually being and living as disciple myself, i.e. actually inhabiting the life and the space that I would call another to join me in as a disciple.
- What is the church/ministry I serve actually optimized for? Our ministries are optimized for what they are actually accomplishing and producing. It is possible to be optimized for many things other than making disciples (i.e. ‘a quality Sunday worship experience’, etc.).
We honoured Larry.
After almost 19 years, Larry Eide is retiring from the District Office team. His impact on our district through his selfless service, administrative giftings, leadership and godliness has been deep and wide. Larry and Diane live across the U.S. border in Birch Bay and Larry looks forward to some home maintenance and gardening projects and volunteer opportunities in retirement.
We honoured our workers.
We recognized the faithful service of our licensed workers who hit the milestones of 15 years’ service, 25 year’s service, and those in the faithful ministry category. Thank you to all!
Our due diligence went smoothly.
We adopted our audited financial reports, approved our budgets for 2017-18, and received the President’s, DS’s and other reports. Finances are healthy. District Finance Director Aaron Chan was celebrated for his outstanding oversight of our financial resources.
Everyone got elected.
See below for the list of those elected to various positions of service within our district and beyond. And for those who were present as voting delegates, thank you for your encouraging personal support for me in this role for a second term. Sincere thanks to our Nominating Committee which was chaired by Laurence Johnston from Penticton.
Mark Hutchinson, Treasurer
Jeffrey Ku, Secretary
General Assembly 2018 Nominating Committee
District Conference 2019 Nominating Committee
Darcy Reimer, Chair
Dave Sattler, Vice-Chair
Collins Kung, Secretary
District Conference 2019 Audit Review Committee
KAC showed us how it’s done!
Kamloops Alliance Church hosted Clarity and I’m stumped for superlatives to describe their hospitality. They were over-the-top welcoming, extremely well organized, and very thoughtful in their planning with a keen eye on color, aesthetics, and presentation of food. Hordes of smiling volunteers made it all work. Sincere thanks to Pastor Larry Boss and the entire team!
Hearn brought it home.
President Dave closed conference with a missions’ report on unprecedented responsiveness to the gospel of Jesus (the disciple-making version!) in north Africa and the Middle East. Ok, he didn’t report, he preached… Conference ended with his dedicatory prayer of blessing over the DS and District Executive Committee.