May 15, 2019
Pastors Conference 2019
Pastors and spouses gathered at the Edgewater Hotel and Conference Center in Gatlinburg, TN on May 6-10, 2019. The conference featured times of "Scripture-fed, Spirit-led, worship-based prayer," according to Kenny Hagin, lead pastor of Deerfield Friends Church. Eric Love, lead pastor of Raisin Center Friends Church, appreciated the way Daniel Henderson instructed the group to use Scripture to pray. Erik Marshall, Associate Pastor at Friends Church: Willoughby Hills said, "I love that it was applicable for all of us, no matter the size or context of our churches. I sensed a unique unity in that we all were learning and reflecting together." Kelsey Bohler, Director of Worship Ministries at Orange Friends Church, expressed that the most impactful part of Pastors Conference was "getting to actually experience transformational prayer rather than only learning about how it's done." Ed Walsh, EFC-ER Ministry Director of Church Health and Finance & Administration said that Daniel Henderson was sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and there was a good ushering in of the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Resources from Daniel Henderson are available here. Recommended books include:

  • Transforming Prayer: How Everything Changes When You Seek God's Face (available here)
  • Transforming Presence: How the Holy Spirit Changs Everything - From the Inside Out (available here)
  • Old Paths, New Power: Awakening Your Church Through Prayer and the Ministry of the Word (available here)

[Photo Credit: Marie Hagin and Brenda Walsh]
David and Cindy Aufrance - Pray for Dave and Cindy as they establish a transition plan from over 44 years of ministry in Hong Kong. Pray for RiverGrace church and for Pastor Tommy as he assumes greater responsibility, their search for a Spanish-speaking pastor to join their team, and identifying new ministry leaders (2 Timothy 2:2).
Diane Bible  – Thank you for praying for Diane. Tests revealed a vertebrae is pressing against an artery in her neck. Please pray for healing (Exodus 15:26b) and their time in the U.S. over the next few months. 
Cultivating Generous Congregations
A one-day training event, Cultivating Generous Congregations (CGC) will be offered for pastors and stewardship leaders on Friday, July 19, from 9:00am-4:00pm in rooms L-41,42,43 at First Friends, Canton. Led by Colin Saxton of Everence Financial Services , this seminar will explore key assumptions, attitudes, and best practices in cultivating greater generosity in your church. Drawing on deep research and expertise on religious giving, this training seminar helps you and your leadership team rethink your role in congregational finances and how to awaken a spirit of generosity within your faith community.

The cost is $35 per church and includes lunch and the book Bounty , which provides the teaching outline. In order to receive a copy of the resource book in advance, registrations are due online by July 1. Payment from each church will be collected at the door. 

Note: books will be mailed out in advance so that participants can read them before the training event. It is recommended that you read the book before the training event.
Visit the events calendar on our website at .
Camp Gideon summer events are available here .

* May 17-18 - Malone University Board of Trustees Meetings in Canton, OH.
* May 27-31 - EFC-NA / EFM Spring Meetings at Quaker Ridge Camp and Conference Center in Woodland Park, CO.
* June 9-14 - Malone University Youth on the Way Leadership Academy Info here .
* June 24-27 - Malone University Academic Summer Camps Find out more here .
* July 19 - Cultivating Generous Congregations Seminar at First Friends, Canton from 9:00am-4:00pm. Register by July 1 at
* July 20-23 - Yearly Meeting at First Friends Church in Canton, OH.
* July 22-26 - Friends Youth United at Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, OH. Download the brochure and flyer here. Contact Justin Hendershott with questions.
* September 20-22 - Southern Women's Retreat in Kitty Hawk, NC. Info here .
* October 11-13 - Northern Women's Retreat in Sugarcreek, OH. Info here .
Quote for the Week

"All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."
 - 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (ESV)