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New Church Leadership Institute – Retreat Two

Yesterday I arrived at Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the second retreat in the New Church Leadership Institute (NCLI). From some of the literature NCLI is… “Equipping potential new church pastors with the knowledge and skills for a successful new church start.”

Last night heard about setting the tone for stewardship and giving in a new congregation and the story of Acts 2 UMC from Mark and Chantelle Foster. This morning we heard the story of First Light from Steven Blair and the Genesis story from Junius Dotson. It is encouraging to hear about the stories of new congregations from those who have been or are currently a part of them.

I think that I have some gifts and graces that may be fruitful in the setting of a new congregation. Since the first retreat in January of 2007, I have been seeking to discern if a new church start is an area to which God is calling me. Over the summer, I kept looking and hoping for more specifics of what it would be like to start a new congregation. Recently, I have realized that I have been taught and equipped well. I do not think that there will be any more specifics until / if I were to be appointed to a particular community to lead a new congregation start.

By Andrew Conard

Christian, husband, son, brother, homeowner

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