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2019 Annual Gathering

2019 Service Coordinator's Report

September 30, 2019 • Mark Vander Tuig

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Keynote Presentation #1

(Part 1 of 2) • September 30, 2019 • Greg Finke, Executive Director, Dwelling114.org

Rev. Greg Finke had been a pastor in Michigan and Texas for nearly 25 years when he launched Dwelling 1:14 in 2011. Since then, he has trained tens of thousands of everyday missionaries to join Jesus on His mission as part of everyday life and then show their family and friends how to do the same.

Keynote Presentation #1

(Part 2 of 2) • September 30, 2019 • Greg Finke, Executive Director, Dwelling114.org

Rev. Greg Finke had been a pastor in Michigan and Texas for nearly 25 years when he launched Dwelling 1:14 in 2011. Since then, he has trained tens of thousands of everyday missionaries to join Jesus on His mission as part of everyday life and then show their family and friends how to do the same.

Keynote Presentation #2

(Part 1 of 2) • October 1, 2019 • Grace Johnson, Education Administrator, The Master's Institute

Grace and her husband Jesse live in St Paul with their two little girls, Selah and Mabel. Grace has been walking with Jesus ever since she can remember, and he continues to save her every day. She received her M.Div from the Master's Institute Seminary and served as a New Generation Pastor at Hope Church (Phoenix, AZ). She is constantly making mistakes and learning from them with her gracious friend, Jesus, who she LOVES to talk about with anyone and everyone.

Keynote Presentation #2

(Part 2 of 2) • October 1, 2019 • Grace Johnson, Education Administrator, The Master's Institute

Grace and her husband Jesse live in St Paul with their two little girls, Selah and Mabel. Grace has been walking with Jesus ever since she can remember, and he continues to save her every day. She received her M.Div from the Master's Institute Seminary and served as a New Generation Pastor at Hope Church (Phoenix, AZ). She is constantly making mistakes and learning from them with her gracious friend, Jesus, who she LOVES to talk about with anyone and everyone.

Keynote Presentation #3

Panel Discussion • October 2, 2019 • Becky Hand, Jody Skogen, Aaron Thompson, and John Waak

A "Ministry Highlights" panel discussion featuring the perspectives of pastors and ministry leaders from different generations.

Bible Study #1

September 30, 2019 • Jim Cords, LCMC Ministry Board

Pastor Jim Cords was born and raised in Lynwood California and earned his college degree from Azusa Pacific University and his M.Div from Luther Seminary. He was ordained in 1990 and has served 3 congregations in California (San Diego, Santa Rosa and Cupertino). He has served in Tucson since 2003, first at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, and for the last 9 years at Desert Hope. His last 9 years of ministry with Desert Hope Lutheran Church and LCMC have been particularly blessed with opportunities to grow and to be engaged with pastors and other faith communities throughout Tucson. The congregation partners with the global church, serving with Hope School in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Mission of Hope in Haiti, and lead a shelter building ministry in Agua Prieta, Mexico. Locally, they partner with Gridley Middle School, Department of Child Safety via Care Portal, and John 17 to bring glory to God in the city and grow in friendship with brothers and sisters in Christ across denominational and racial lines. He is married to Marilyn Cords for 33 years and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

Bible Study #2

October 1, 2019 • Jim Cords, LCMC Ministry Board

Pastor Jim Cords was born and raised in Lynwood California and earned his college degree from Azusa Pacific University and his M.Div from Luther Seminary. He was ordained in 1990 and has served 3 congregations in California (San Diego, Santa Rosa and Cupertino). He has served in Tucson since 2003, first at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, and for the last 9 years at Desert Hope. His last 9 years of ministry with Desert Hope Lutheran Church and LCMC have been particularly blessed with opportunities to grow and to be engaged with pastors and other faith communities throughout Tucson. The congregation partners with the global church, serving with Hope School in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Mission of Hope in Haiti, and lead a shelter building ministry in Agua Prieta, Mexico. Locally, they partner with Gridley Middle School, Department of Child Safety via Care Portal, and John 17 to bring glory to God in the city and grow in friendship with brothers and sisters in Christ across denominational and racial lines. He is married to Marilyn Cords for 33 years and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

Bible Study #3

October 1, 2019 • Jim Cords, LCMC Ministry Board

Pastor Jim Cords was born and raised in Lynwood California and earned his college degree from Azusa Pacific University and his M.Div from Luther Seminary. He was ordained in 1990 and has served 3 congregations in California (San Diego, Santa Rosa and Cupertino). He has served in Tucson since 2003, first at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, and for the last 9 years at Desert Hope. His last 9 years of ministry with Desert Hope Lutheran Church and LCMC have been particularly blessed with opportunities to grow and to be engaged with pastors and other faith communities throughout Tucson. The congregation partners with the global church, serving with Hope School in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Mission of Hope in Haiti, and lead a shelter building ministry in Agua Prieta, Mexico. Locally, they partner with Gridley Middle School, Department of Child Safety via Care Portal, and John 17 to bring glory to God in the city and grow in friendship with brothers and sisters in Christ across denominational and racial lines. He is married to Marilyn Cords for 33 years and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

Discipling the Next Generation

Making Disciples That Make Disciples • September 30, 2019 • Sam Dittrick & Gabby Arland

We understand the “what” of Jesus’ final words to his disciples in Matthew 28:19, but have we stopped to develop a “how?” As culture shifts and generations change, how do we effectively fulfill the Great Commission in a way that is fruitful for the Kingdom? Find out in this breakout session.

Creating a Welcoming Environment for the Holy Spirit

October 1, 2019 • Mike Bradley, Director, The Alliance of Renewal Churches

The Holy Spirit made a difference in Jesus’ life. He made a difference in the lives of the disciples and He wants to make a difference in ours. In this seminar, we will examine how to create a welcoming environment for Holy Spirit so that He can make a difference in our lives today, equipping and empowering us to impact others with God’s love and God’s power. We will identify ways the Holy Spirit makes a difference in us; dispel a few myths; reflect on what it means to experience a release of the Spirit; and look at how we can be filled with his empowering presence.

Closing Worship

October 2, 2019 • Jonathan Haseley, Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Master

Jonathan serves as the East Campus Pastor of Lutheran Church of the Master in Omaha, Nebraska. He previously served as an associate pastor in Sanborn, New York, as well as a church planter in Niagara Falls, New York. Jonathan is a graduate of Niagara University and Niagara Lutheran Theological Institute. He and his wife, Rachel, have one son, Jesse, and are expecting their second child in February 2020. Jonathan enjoys reading, spending time with his family, cheering on the New York Yankees, and living as an everyday missionary with Jesus!