Nothing gives joy to church leaders like a congregation somehow working in unity despite what the world would call impossible differences; different cultures, young and old, rich and poor, blue and white collar, left and right, coming together to love Jesus and worship the God who sends us into the world. We sometimes think the secret to unity is conflict resolution; here we want to look beyond conflict resolution to ask what spiritual leaders can do in the long haul to gradually preach, pray, and love towards a momentum of unity in the congregation. Read Ephesians 4:1-14 before you come—this text will be opened for us by two wise leaders among us. Come prepared to add your insights, to help us hear what God is saying to us about cultivating unity.
- Layton Friesen, Conference Pastor
Active and retired ministers, deacons, elders, missionaries and spouses.