Mid-West Preachers Retreat

        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!

6 responses to “Mid-West Preachers Retreat

  1. Glad you had a good time. I just got back from the ACU lectures myself.

    I love getting together with like minded people – it’s always spiritually refreshing, isn’t it? 🙂

  2. Yes, it is wonderful. The ACU lectures look like they really got something good brewin’. I am hoping to attend the Pepperdine Lectures next May for the first time.


  3. Through the years, these gatherings have been one the greatest blessings to my ministry.

    God bless,
    Bill Williams

  4. I think this is a wonderful thing.
    I hope you have a great weekend brother! 🙂

  5. here ya go rex
    Paul Davies

    I am a theoretical physicist and cosmologist by profession, but these days I also work in astrobiology, a new field of research that seeks to understand the origin and evolution of life, and to search for life beyond Earth. I was born in London, and spent most of my life in the UK. From 1990 to 2006 I lived in Australia, but in September 2006 I moved to Arizona State University to establish BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, of which I am the director. In 2008, I was also appointed co-director of the ASU Cosmology Initiative.

    blessings rex


  6. good jobCreativity and informative, you have them all!!!

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