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.
The Service Team continues to thank God, the churches and all the saints for the spiritual growth that has taken place in our ministry to the poor. We are inspired by the tireless efforts put forth by each disciple on behalf of those in need.
February 25, 2016 -- As usual for disciples, 2015 was a year of testing and blessing for the Elders Service Team. Two of our couples in particular faced health challenges that forced Gloria Baird to endure a new round of chemo therapy and Wyndham Shaw to take a three-month health sabbatical. Both couples missed the October North American delegates and service team meetings. We ask for prayers and God’s grace for our group as we strive to serve him and allow his power to work through us.
For the first time the ICOC Delegates Meetings were held in various continents so that each group could focus on building the church in their area of the world. Delegates from multiple regional families of churches met together and some were in connection with wider leadership conferences. Click here to see the ICOC Delegates selected by their regions.