With the goal of helping other congregations most effectively use their God-given gifts to the fullest, Christ Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Arizona, started the Best Practices for Ministry Conference. The conference was presented free of charge to all who attended. Participants were greeted with warm hospitality, great speakers, and practical workshops. The Conference has grown greatly since its start.
Two years ago, Carmel Lutheran (now Cornerstone Lutheran) brought the concept of the conference to Indiana to make it more easily accessible to more congregations "in the Heartland". St. Peter's Lutheran in Columbus has assumed the leadership of the Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland conference for 2017 & 2018.
Jesus before His ascension prepared His disciples for ministry when He would no longer be with them. As part of His training, Jesus gave His future church leaders an amazing promise. In John 14:12 Jesus assures them, and us, that, "the works that I do, you will do, and even greater than these you will do." What an amazing word we have from our Lord - that when we as the Church unite in the power of the Holy Spirit that we will be able to accomplish even greater things than Jesus accomplished in His daily life. That's the goal of Best Practices for Ministry Heartland: As the Body of Christ gathers together and shares with one another all the things that we are doing well and where we have seen the Holy Spirit active, then we will see Jesus' words fulfilled in our midst - that we will do greater things than He!