2016 was another great year for our campus ministries. While we are still largely focused on our U.S. initiatives, more dialogue and planning has been prepared so that more international activity can be pioneered, reported and built. With the vast numbers of college disciples concentrated in the U.S. it is easiest to both document that activity and create more of it. However, our initial survey results are showing campus ministries all over the world gaining greater investment in resources, growing more in numbers and becoming central to the efforts to raise up next generation leaders.
The Youth and Family Service Team has served to advance healthy teen and family-based ministries in our churches since 2006. At its inception, the committee planned the first Youth and Family Conference in Boston in 2007. The members then coordinated the 2009 ICYFM (International Conference of Youth and Family Ministry) in Chicago, began a resource website and worked with leaders from other service teams to facilitate healthy communication.
Chair: Robert Carrillo – USA
- Gregg Marutzky – USA
- Koko Enrile – Philippines
- Sebastian Serra – Argentina
- Johnny Rivera – USA
- Herve Fleurant – USA/Africa
- Charles Ham – Indonesia
- Wade Cook – USA
The Benevolence committee has recently been reformed and restarted working closely with the HOPEww leadership and HOPEww disaster relief team.
We are still planning to add a few more individuals both U.S.-based and non-U.S.-based.
Connected to Glorify God
Charged with facilitating communication and coordination for our worldwide cooperating churches and their leaderships.
In 2016, God continued to refine and renew us as he faithfully leads each one of us on the Elders Service Team. Two of our couples in particular faced health challenges. Gloria Baird underwent another round of chemotherapy and Al Baird underwent back surgery near the end of the year. Wyndham Shaw continued to face undiagnosed difficulties with his health. We ask for prayers and God’s grace for our group as we seek to serve him and channel his power and grace in all our endeavors and interactions. In spite of such challenges faced, both the Shaws and the Bairds attended the St. Louis discipleship conference, Reach2016, where they shared and taught powerfully.
In attendance (via Skype):Connie Beene
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After welcoming comments and a devotional from Tom Briscoe, the meeting was opened with prayer offered by Paul Ramsey.
Two hundred and fifty leaders of all ages gathered in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia for the recent leadership retreat of our family of churches called the American Commonwealth Region (ACR) which covers the mid-Atlantic states of the U.S.
2016 Delegates Mtg and ILC
Our annual ICOC Delegates Meeting and the biannual International Leadership Conference are crucial to our global unity, direction and relationships. As has been announced for some time, these meetings are being held in St. Louis in conjunction with the Reach2016 conference that has over 13,000 people already registered! Please note these dates and register right away if you have not already done so.
The beautiful artists haven of Santa Fe, New Mexico played host to 52 diverse couples representing 25 of our churches in the western United States, Canada and the Philippines for the 10th annual Western Elders Conference. The group honored John and Nancy Mannel for their leadership through the years since the inaugural conference began with just 21 couples.
The Evangelist Service Team had a full and productive year in 2015. We are excited about the fresh perspective brought by the 40 percent new members to the team after the most recent selections for the next three year term. Douglas Arthur was chosen as the chairman for the next 18-month term. With all of the transition, we are developing a tremendous spirit of unity and passion to fulfill our charge in serving the brotherhood.