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EFCA Pastoral Collaboration

May 1–3, 2014 | EFCA Headquarters

Radisson Blu Mall of America | Bloomington, Minnesota


Jesus Christ has called all of his followers to proclaim the gospel with their lives. The 2014 EFCA Pastoral Collaboration will provide space for conversations about emboldening church members to engage the ever-changing culture, and to integrate worship with whole-life calling.

Hosted by EFCA President Bill Hamel and TIU Interim President Neil Nyberg, the EFCA Pastoral Collaboration is a gathering of pastors and non-staff church members who lead within and beyond their churches. This will be a time of conversation about how pastors can be resourced and equipped to empower their church members to be salt and light in the world.

EFCA pastors have been invited to attend this conversation with one non-staff church member. The purpose of bringing a lay leader is to make clear that this conversation is not just a meeting of vocational pastoral leaders but includes non-vocational church leaders who are in the marketplace daily, where gospel proclamation is most needed. Conversations will be facilitated by Tom Nelson, Steve Garber, and David Kiersznowski (see more info) but driven by participating pastors and lay leaders.


Thursday, May 1
(Foyer B) 
Reception/EFCA Registration (Radisson Blu—Lakes Ballroom)
6:30PM Dinner (Radisson Blu—Lakes Ballroom Salon B)
7:00PM Program
Friday, May 2
8:00AM Breakfast (EFCA National Office—CIF Conference Room)
8:30AM Session I: "Vocation as integral and not incidental"
9:10AM Participants Response
9:30AM Break
10:00AM Session II: "A helper for what? Why a robust theology matters"
10:40AM Participants Response (Q&A)/Small Groups
11:00AM Break 
11:15AM Lunch (EFCA National Office—CIF Conference Room)
12:40PM Session III: "Nurturing a local church culture where faith and work matter—What we have learned and done, and what still needs to be done"
1:15PM Participants Response (Q&A)/Small Groups
1:40PM Break
2:00PM Session IV: Small Group Breakouts: "Mining best local church practices—Discipleship, Preaching, Pastoral Practice, Pastoral Care, Missional Strategies"
2:45PM Sharing with Larger Group
3:20PM Break
3:30PM EFCA National Office Tour
4:00PM Free Time (Radisson Blu)
6:30PM Dinner (Radisson Blu—Minnetonka Ballroom Salons B & C)
7:00PM Program
Saturday, May 3
8:00AM Breakfast (EFCA National Office—CIF Conference Room)
8:20AM "Granting opportunities with Kern Family Foundation"
8:35AM Session V: "Why Economics Matter?"
9:40AM Participants Respons (Q&A)
10:00AM Break
10:15AM Closing Session: "Where do we go from here?"
11:30AM Box Lunch & Departure
All evening programming will be at the Radisson Blu
All morning and afternoon programming will be at the EFCA National Office


Please confirm your attendance by registering through this form.
If you have any questions, please contact Paula Pust (Director of Operations—EFCA President’s Office) at paula.pust@efca.org.


Please note that the following costs for the attending pastor and lay leader have been covered: lodging at the Radisson Blu, meals (spouses are welcome to join for dinner on Thursday and Friday), conference fees, conference meeting space, speakers and conference materials. The only cost to the local church is travel to and from the conference.


The 2014 EFCA Pastoral Collaboration will be hosted at the EFCA Headquarters (EFCA National Office, 901 E. 78th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55420).

Lodging will be provided at Radisson Blu Mall of America (2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, MN 55425).