Sunday, July 1, 2012



Annual Conference 2012 marked the 153rd time that the members of the North Central Conference gathered to ‘confer’ together. Free Methodists are a “connectional” people, believing that we accomplish more together. Indeed, a lot was accomplished at AC2012. 

Bishop David Kendall lit hearts on fire through the Holy Spirit as he preached. The core theme presented over several messages throughout the two days of AC2012 is the call to refocus on Jesus Christ, and his mission. That mission (Luke 4:14ff): Preach the gospel to the poor.  “Holiness without a gospel to the poor does not reflect Jesus.”  Further, Bishop Kendall suggested that God the Father, who adopted us into his household by grace through faith, desired more adoptees.  However, God will entrust adoptees only to qualified families.  Each church must examine its heart and practices, and seek diligently and obediently, to be Christlike and the kind of people that God would entrust to influence new spiritual children.

Elections were held at AC2012. Dr. Mark Adams was re-elected with 92% of the votes to serve as Superintendent a second four year term. Jim Berlin (Richland Center, WI), Craig Nelson (Waukegan, IL) and Suzanne Goff (Wilmette, IL) were elected to serve with Bishop Kendall and Superintendent Adams on the Ministerial Appointments Committee.  Elected as “at-large” members to the NCC Board of Administration are Patrick Coakley (Evanston, IL), James Johnson (Motley, MN), Brian Johnson

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