Yesterday I returned from the Mid-West Preachers Retreat annually held at the Wisconsin Christian Youth Camp. This yearly retreat is the result of Monroe Hawley (some of you may have heard that name before) and his healthy leadership clearly is visible. Though this is called a “preachers retreat”, it is more of a Christian leaders retreat since there were preachers, elders, and other ministry leaders that included men and women. The featured speaker was Gary Holloway from Lipscomb University who spoke on the theme of God at work among us and in us. He addressed this theme by pointing to our restoration past as a means to see how God is acting in the present and future. His presentations brilliantly merged his interests of Restoration History and Spiritual Renewal. Additionally presentations were made by John Ogren, Mark Love, Joel Solliday, and Tommy Carr. In addition, there was wonderful fellowship and worship which is always one of the things I love most about these type of events. I met many new people who came mostly from the states of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri, and Minnesota (plus a few more distant states).
Beyond all that I want to tell you about one of the great pleasures that was unique to my experience. There were several of us from the Kandiyohi Church of Christ who attended this retreat. Among us was Glenn Bettenhausen. Glenn is a retired preacher from this area who attended Harding University after serving in WWII and then came back north to preach and plant churches. Our congregation is one of the church’s he helped plant. It was a pleasure because Glenn took it upon himself to introduce me to many of the preachers and elders that he has known throughout his years of kingdom business. Glenn spoke highly of me which was truly humbling because I certainly do not feel deserving of such, not to mention the fact that he stopped to introduce me to others. Thanks Glenn!