NEDA Annual Conference

October 22-23, Camp Spofford, Spofford, NH

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Plan to join your ministry colleagues October 22-23 at Camp Spofford for the annual conference of the New England District.   This is a wonderful opportunity to be spiritually refreshed, connect with other NEDA ministry leaders, and consider together how God is sending us to make disciples in New England.  There will be three plenary sessions with teaching and worship, training workshops, and a business meeting to consider district vision and ministry.  

 This years’ theme is “Establishing a Gospel Presence in Word and Deed.”  David Gustafson, Chair of the Missions and Evangelism Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, will be our keynote speaker during the plenary sessions.  He will give three messages: “Witness in Word and Deed,” “Gospel Praxis in a Pluralistic Society,” and “Faithful Presence and Urgency.”  We will also hear from fellow NEDA pastors about how they are seeking to establish a Gospel presence through word and deed in their local communities. 

 Registration is now open through the Camp Spofford website.  The first ten NEDA ministry leaders who register will receive David Gustafson’s new book, Gospel Witness:  Evangelism in Word and Deed.  Also, the first five NEDA ministry leaders who have never attended one of our annual conferences will receive the book (1 copy per church)  Sign up soon!

Important Info for Vendors/EFCA Ministry Partners who wish to have a table in our exhibit area: Please contact Cyndi at the NEDA office (603-842-4482) BEFORE registering online with the camp. We have limited space available, call first to see if we have space for you.

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REGISTRATION: Online registration is now available. Go directly to the Camp Spofford Website. If you encounter any problems with the online registration process, please contact Camp Spofford directly at 603-363-4788.

Rates (includes accommodations at Camp Spofford, all sessions & workshops, five meals, conference registration fee):

$165 single per person Due to housing limitations, only a small number of single rooms will be available this year at camp, and offered to NEDA pastors/ministry lay leaders only, first come, first served. Vendors, EFCA ministry partners and others who wish to have a private room, please contact our office for a list of nearby accommodations.

$139 double per person ($278 per couple)

$125 triple+ per person Three or more people in a room, some single beds, some bunks

$110 commuter - per person For those who wish to attend the conference and eat meals there, but commute from home and /or have overnight accommodations elsewhere.

$110 RV (per person) - Limited space is available if you would like to stay at the camp in your own self-contained RV. No hookups. Contact Camp Spofford directly for info.

Registration cut-off date for accommodations is Friday, October 18th, 2019

Special Rates:

If you are the wife of a NEDA pastor and will be attending with your husband, we are waiving the NEDA registration fee of $40. Please call or email to receive the code before registering online.

If you are a current NEDA church planter/couple, we will cover the full cost of the conference (double or triple room). Please call or email to receive the code before registering online.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, October 22nd

9:00am—10:00am Registration in Chapel Foyer/Coffee in Dining Hall

10:00am—11:45am Session 1: Worship, Interview, Message 1: Witness in Word and Deed

12:00pm—1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm Roundtables: See detailed descriptions below.  

2:30pm-3:30pm Break, Visit with Ministry Partners, Vendors

3:30pm-5:00pm NEDA Annual Business meeting (Chapel)

5:30pm—6:30pm Dinner

7:00am—8:30pm Session 2: Worship, Interview, Message 2: Gospel Praxis in a Pluralistic Society

Wednesday, October 23rd

7:30am—8:30am Breakfast

9:00am—10:30am Session 3: Worship, Interview, Message 3: Faithful Presence and Urgency

10:30am-11:00am Break, visit with ministry partners and vendors

11:00—12:00pm Panel Discussion (chapel)

12:30pm—1:oopm Lunch, departure

Roundtable Discussion Groups (Locations to be announced, check your packet when you arrive)

Preparing for Pastoral Transition: Pastoral transition in the local church is not new.  For a couple thousand years, God has purposefully brought pastors in and out of local churches so that his family can be built up and multiplied.  While different leaders are an essential element for accomplishing God’s purposes, pastoral transition is not without challenges. Therefore, it is important for pastors and churches to prepare ahead of time for transition.  Whether we want to admit it or not, all of us are in interim ministry!  So, whether you are actively in the process of pastoral transition or are just wondering if you should begin thinking about preparations, it is never too early to start preparing.  Join a discussion led by your colleagues from NEDA (John Westerholm and Brad Johnson) who are currently going through the pastoral transition process.  

 Developing a Leader Development Culture: With all of the urgent demands of pastoral ministry, it is easy to overlook the important, but rarely the urgent task of developing leaders who will become teachers, group leaders, church planters, missionaries, and pastors.  Yet, if we are to fulfill the pastoral call to pass on to faithful men what has been entrusted to us who will in turn pass it on to others, then leader development is an essential element of the pastoral task.  Join Scott Solberg in considering how your church can grow a leader development culture.   

 Worship Ministry: Join worship leaders from across New England in talking about the challenges and opportunities facing those who lead Christ’s church in music ministry.  Justin Barney from Elm City Church in Keene, NH will facilitate this discussion.  

 “Gen Z” And the Rest of Us: The Challenge and Opportunity of a Rising Generation: Do you ever wonder what’s going on with today’s youth? Do you struggle to understand, relate to, and lead young people today? You are not alone. Generation Z is growing up in a turbulent time. Nothing is stable: technology is taking over, sexuality is being redefined, religion is old fashioned, and parents have an increasingly short leash. This is their reality. And it is our opportunity. This is the generation God has given us to lead into adulthood, and more importantly, into the way of Jesus.  Jon Deming from Camp Spofford will lead this roundtable considering who Generation Z is and a number of striking trends among them. These trends demand a response. There is no time to look the other way. We will also explore practical steps to address said trends and a few big ideas to inspire further reflection on your relationship with Generation Z. 

Equipping Women in Ministry: This roundtable is for women who want to see the local church be effective in equipping women to be competent Bible teachers and fruitful disciple-makers.  Deb Robertson will guide this roundtable discussion. Please bring your ideas, questions, and stories to share.  

 Church Multiplication: If you are a church planter or desire to become a church that does church planting, then this roundtable is for you.  Tim Monahan (church planting pastor at BeFree Somersworth) and Mike Conserva (Executive Pastor and Church Planting Residency Director, Wethersfield EFC) will lead this conversation about the challenges and opportunities for church planting in New England.  

Engaging in Word and Deed Ministry: Effective Gospel ministry involves both proclamation and demonstration; both word and deed. Especially in our post-Christian region where many people reject what they know of Christianity, it is important that our good deeds be seen to prepare people’s hearts to hear the message. This roundtable discussion led by Paul Voltmer will help you generate more ideas for winsomely being a Gospel presence in your community through a ministry of Gospel deeds that paves the way for Gospel words.  

 

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OFFICIAL CONFERENCE CALL 2019

Dear NEDA Pastors,

 Please be informed that the 2018 Annual Conference of the New England District Association of the Evangelical Free Church of America will be held on October 22-23, 2019 at Camp Spofford in Spofford, NH.

 The theme for this year’s conference is “Establishing a Gospel Presence in Word and Deed.” David Gustafson, PhD (Chair of the Mission and Evangelism Department TEDS), will be our keynote speaker during the plenary sessions.  He will give three messages: “Witness in Word and Deed,” “Gospel Praxis in a Pluralistic Society,” and “Faithful Presence and Urgency.”  We will also hear from fellow NEDA pastors about how they are seeking to establish a Gospel presence through word and deed ministries in their local communities. 

 In addition to the teaching during the three plenary sessions, there will be seven roundtable discussion options offered Tuesday afternoon:

·       Preparing for Pastoral Transition

·       Creating a Leader Development Culture in the Local Church

·       NEDA Worship Leader Roundtable

·       “Gen Z” and the Rest of Us:  The Challenge and Opportunity of a Rising Generation

·       Equipping Women in Ministry

·       Church Multiplication (Church planters and churches that desire to plant)

·       Engaging in Word and Deed Ministry

For further information about these roundtable discussion options, please visit the NEDA website http://efcneda.org/annual-conference-2019

 In addition, as an association we will have an annual business meeting for the purpose of electing officers and voting on our budget. In accordance with our bylaws, article 100.106: “All delegates and the Officers and Directors of the Association may participate officially in the Annual Meeting or Special meetings.” Churches are entitled to voting as follows for each member church:

·       Up to two pastors (or church chair when the church has no pastor)

·       Maximum of two lay delegates for first 100 members

·       One additional delegate for each 100 members

·       For an EFC church in formation, the pastor and one lay delegate

 Conference registration information is available on the Camp Spofford website, https://www.campspofford.org/campretreats/2019/10/21/neda-conference. Please register today if you are planning on attending! The NEDA Annual Report package will be sent to you prior to the conference. Please be in prayer for our preparation and the participation of our brothers and sisters throughout New England.

 In His Service,

Bob Butkus 

Recording Secretary, NEDA Board of Directors

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Our Guest Speaker, David Gustafson 

TEDS Faculty Since 2012   David M. Gustafson, PhD    Chair of the Mission and Evangelism Department Associate Professor of Evangelism and Missional Ministry    Education   BB, Western Illinois University MDiv, ThM, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary PhD, Linköping University

TEDS Faculty Since 2012

David M. Gustafson, PhD

Chair of the Mission and Evangelism Department
Associate Professor of Evangelism and Missional Ministry

Education

BB, Western Illinois University
MDiv, ThM, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Linköping University