Encouraging and equipping is the theme for the annual e2 conference which will be next Monday and Tuesday! All women in ministry are encouraged to attend the Monday sessions with Mike Clarensau. On Tuesday, we will enjoy a great technology lab and then at 10:30, we will enjoy a lab specifically designed for women in ministry led by Gay Hunsberger, followed by a delicious luncheon at Echo Valley Country Club (this lunch is free for all women who register for e2, or $20 for the luncheon only).
Our time together will include great door prizes, a free resource table, a time to connect and encourage one another, exciting news of upcoming events and ideas for ministry to women.
I’ll also have news about a great opportunity to stay connected and grow together as we begin to understand God’s love revealed to us. Starting on October 3rd, we will begin a study together, continuing the conversation on our social media outlets!
Can’t wait to see you there!
For the labs and service on Monday, we will have Mike Clarensau of the A/G Healthy Church Network and author of From Belonging to Becoming. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge about pastoring, leadership and church revitalization.
On Tuesday, we will have some technology experts from Disciple Portal available to help us understand and utilize some great new resources available to help us reach out to our communities. Gay Hunsberger will lead a lab designed specifically for women in ministry (more on that tomorrow). Meanwhile, Pastor Larry Sohn will share some helpful insights on leading board meetings and managing group dynamics within a church board. After lunch, Matt Loehr of Dare to be Different will talk with us about marriage mentoring. Mark Entziminger, Assemblies of God Senior Director of Children’s Ministries, will lead a lab about the exciting things happening in children’s ministries in our movement. Tuesday evening, Pastor Larry will be with us again for the evening service.
On September 26-27, leaders from all over Iowa will come together at Christian Life Assembly in Des Moines for the e2 Conference. (By the way, deadline for early bird registration is today, so you can save a few bucks by registering today.) This year, our speakers will include national and local leaders with expertise in a variety of areas including church revitalization, marriage coaching, children’s ministry and church technology and social media. Take a moment to meet a few of the great leaders you will hear from at e2:
Mike Clarensau, newly-appointed senior director for Healthy Church Network, has ministered in camps, conferences, and churches across the nation. He and his wife Kerry spent the past decade serving as lead pastors of Maranatha Worship Center in Wichita, Kansas. He has also served as Editor in Chief and head of the National Sunday School Department for the Assemblies of God and as District Youth & CE Director for the Kansas District. Mike has authored fourteen books including, From Belonging to Becoming: The Power of Loving People Like Jesus Did, Journey to Integrity, The Sanctity of Life, Give Them What They Want, and co-authored We Build People a discipleship strategy book used in Assemblies of God churches throughout the United States.
Larry Sohn has been the Senior Pastor at First Assembly of God in Cedar Rapids since August, 1991. Larry and his wife Judy were born and raised in Missouri. They were married in August, 1973, following his tour of duty with the US Air Force. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Central Bible College they traveled as evangelists for ten years. In 1986 God called them to leave the evangelistic ministry to pastor Macomb Assembly of God in Macomb, Illinois. Then in 1991 came to First Assembly of God where he supplies the main pulpit ministry at First Assembly, mentors the pastoral team, is responsible for casting vision, shepherding the congregation and guarding doctrinal integrity. Larry is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and serves as presbyter for the Iowa Ministry Network. Larry and Judy enjoy spending time with their two awesome kids Brittany and Brandt.
Gay Hunsberger is the Women of Excellence Director at Christian Life Assembly where her husband, Warren, is the pastor as well as the Divisional Director of Teen Challenge of the Midlands. Gay and Warren have seven children and so far, eleven grandchildren. Her ministry to women as a counselor, mentor, author, seminar speaker, and teacher has given Gay a wealth of experience and spiritual maturity to challenge women. Her emphasis is building strong marriages by teaching wives the biblical perspective in regards to their role as a godly wife. Through the pages of the Word, Gay weaves her life experiences to teach and challenge all women to grow in their walk as Christ-followers through relationship and discipleship.
Matt Loehr, founder of Dare to be Different, has 18 years experience in the corporate world as an electronic engineer. Matt and his wife Pam both left their careers to pursue their passion and calling into the Marriage Ministry. As founder and president of Dare to be Different, he has led the organization on a national level, training healthy married couples to mentor other couples in need of premarital preparation and couples at risk of divorce. Over 2,000 mentors have been trained to be marriage mentors in an effort to strengthen marriages and families throughout the country. In addition to mentor trainings, Matt and Pam travel nationally doing marriage conferences, seminars, workshops and classes. Together they have spent hundreds of hours mentoring couples themselves. As an ordained minister, Matt has been involved in many different ministries throughout the years which give him a unique blend of insight and wisdom that touch people of all ages.
Mark Entzminger serves as the Sr. Director of Children’s Ministries for the Assemblies of God. In this role he has the honor of working with teams of leaders who bring relevant children’s ministry solutions to the local church and family. Entzminger served as the Youth and Christian Education Director for the South Dakota Assemblies of God from 2003 through 2010. Prior to that time he served as a youth pastor at First Assembly of God in Rapid City, SD. Mark is married to his college sweetheart Christie, and they have two boys Colby and Cadyn. They are graduates of Central Bible College and are enjoying being back in Springfield, MO. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook.
Mmmm…bacon tomato samich! Sprechen sie Deutsch? Or is that Dutch? We took some of Grandma’s garden tomatoes to the office to share. August means state fair, moving college kids, heat and Grandma’s garden tomatoes, green beans, broccoli, blackberries, snap peas, green pepper… You name it, she grows it, and not just a tiny plot. She put up 49 quarts of green beans so far this year, besides all the green bean soup she fed to Charlie this summer as he helped out on the farm before getting married.
She will give you the recipe, or any other of her millions of good recipes (if she wrote it down). There’s always a new dish to try at Grandma’s, whether it’s coffee time, Sunday dinner after church, or just dropping by on an errand. She knows how to grow a garden. She’s put in three every year for years and knows the hows, whens, wheres and whats of it. She knows the time and effort involved as well, and her harvest is proof of her diligent labor of love. She does love gardening – even though there are hot, sweaty, backbreaking, knee aching times of weeding, mulching, fertilizing, dusting and pruning. As the Father cares for His church, so Grandma cares for her garden – and oh the joy of the harvest! “Something for nothing,” she often says, but we know all she has sacrificed.
Young wife and mother, Erica Barthalow, wanted to glean from Grandma’s knowledge of gardening. She spoke with the master gardener on the phone. She wanted to know when to plant each variety, how thick to plant the seeds, what inputs to utilize for each and so forth. She hoped for a bountiful harvest for her family, Jonathan, Jacob, and Juliana.
In the same way Erica learned from Grandma about gardening, leaders from all over Iowa can come to E2 to learn the hows, wheres, whens and whats of ministry. This year, E2 features a variety of individuals sharing wisdom on a variety of topics to encourage and equip us in several aspects of ministry. The information shared at e2 is useful for everyone: for those starting out in ministry, ministry veterans and everyone in between. There will be an opportunity for leaders to encourage and equip fellow laborers in Iowa’s garden and for worship and wisdom from leadership; good fertilizers and growing techniques to help a garden variety of people to advance the Kingdom.
For more information or to register for E2, click here.
This blog was initially published on Cary & Wanda’s blog. You can read more about the Van Kampen’s Journey here.