The word transformation has multiple shades of meaning: to change, to alter, to metamorphose, to convert, to transfigure and to transmute. As a movement, it is our mission to “Glorify God by multiplying transformational churches among all people”. This occurs in basically two ways. The first is through experiencing the ongoing work of the gospel in our lives as the pastor and people of a local church. God changes us and the people with whom we worship, not just at the moment of conversion, but also as a process throughout our lives. Some moments of change are more noticeable than others, but the Lord who began a good work within us continues to accomplish His purposes of transformation. Second each local church has the opportunity to make a transformational impact on the people and communities around them. Lives outside the church are changed in meaningful ways as they interact with believers.
This fall as we gather, our focus is to remind ourselves both through the Scripture and through stories of God’s people, that God is indeed at work changing and transforming lives. God has a plan and direction to everyone open to the power of the gospel. Our speakers will share both from the Word and from personal experiences as to how they are seeing God change lives. We encourage you to consider a story you personally may want to share of the transforming power of God in your life, in your church, or in the life of your community.
Always at the heart of our retreat is the opportunity to experience warm fellowship among fellow pastors and their wives. We also like to build in adequate free time for relaxation or other fun activities. This year as we focus on gospel stories of transformation, one of the free time options is to visit the “Miry Clay Pottery Shop” in nearby Dayton where a fellow believing friend and potter will demonstrate the amazing transformation that happens between the potter and the clay in shaping a useful vessel. The women will go as a group on Monday afternoon but men are also invited to visit with them. The district is providing a free gift for each ministry wife who visits with the group. On Monday evening we will have the opportunity to say a heartfelt goodbye to Mark and Carol Doss. This will be an opportunity to both reflect and thank God for their years of faithful ministry among us.
We are blessed this year to have three “front line pastors” lead us along with one of our Reach Global Missionaries. Randy Scheil has just retired from the lead pastor role at Stonebridge (Cedar Rapids, IA) after 27 years of ministry. Todd Hessel is the current lead pastor at the EFC in Ankeny, IA. Henry Meyers, who began his ministry in Iowa is currently the lead pastor at the Grace Community EFC in Olivia, MN. Jim Carlson is our Reach Global missionary. He is based in Paris, France. He calls Siloam Springs, AK, his home base while in the states.
Monday, September 16, 2019
|9:30 AM||Session 1 – Worship and Speaker Henry Meyers|
|11:00 AM||Session 2 – Worship and Speaker Randy Scheil|
|12:00 Noon||Women’s and Men’s Luncheons|
|1:30 PM||A Visit to the Miry Clay Potter’s House|
|1:30 PM||Afternoon Relaxation & Recreation (Golf, Swim or Hot Tub, Horseback Riding, Games, Napping, Connecting, Etc.)|
|6:00 PM||Session 3 – Worship and Farewell for Mark & Carol Doss|
|7:30 PM||Evening Reception & Relaxation at the Family Life Center|
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
|9:00 AM||Session 4 – Transformation Stories andInternational Church Mission Opportunities: Speaker Jim Carlson|
|10:30 AM||Session 5 – Worship and Speaker Todd Hessel|
|1:00 PM||Continued Relaxation and Recreation|
|5:00 PM||Retreat Ends – Everyone on their way home|
Hidden Acres offers a special gift to our district pastors and wives each year for this retreat to enjoy their facilities. This year’s event will be completely free thanks to the generosity of Hidden Acres! We do ask that you register even though no payment is needed and that your plans to attend are definite. While last minute emergencies always are possible, we would appreciate not having “no-shows.” If you have questions or need other arrangements, please call the Central District office, 515-232-9005.