May 2-5, 2022 Weber Retreat and Conference Center 1257 East Sienna Heights Drive Adrian, MI 49221 “I am continually amazed by the Bible’s capacity
May 2-5, 2022
Weber Retreat and Conference Center
1257 East Sienna Heights Drive
Adrian, MI 49221
“I am continually amazed by the Bible’s capacity to capture our imaginations and cause us to think in fresh ways about God, ourselves, and our world. Scripture may be thousands of years old, but it continues to surprise, inspire, disturb, astonish, and ultimately transform us.”
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Matthew R. Schlimm is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He has served churches in Michigan, Minnesota, and North Carolina. He completed his PhD in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Duke University. His research interests focus on biblical theology and biblical ethics. He is the author of three books: (1) From Fratricide to Forgiveness: The Language and Ethics of Anger in Genesis, (2) This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities, and (3) 70 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know. Schlimm has also served as one of the editors for the CEB Study Bible and published in a variety of journals.
Contact Person: Laura Wright – Center for Congregational Leadership
EDUCATION AND FELLOWSHIP
Every year, the NACCC hosts the Ministers’ Convocation. This gathering for clergy is designed to provide continuing education, spiritual reflection and rest. It usually begins on the second Monday after Easter, a perfect time for clergy to renew themselves. Many churches set aside money to send their pastor to this event, knowing that the spiritual rest their pastor gains benefits the church.
Scholarships of up to $500 are available through the Minister’s Assistance and Enrichment Fund. Requests for assistance may be made to the Executive Director of the NACCC no later than 30 days before the date of the Convocation.
REV. HOWARD CONN ENDOWMENT
Financial assistance up to $800 is available for registration and travel expenses to attend a NACCC Convocation. The Howard Conn Endowment was established by Judge James and Leanne Rogers in memory of the Rev. Howard Conn, retired minister of the Plymouth Church in Minneapolis, MN. The Endowment’s explicit use is to support ministers travel expenses to attend Educational opportunities, such as Convocation.
Rev. Conn was a preacher, lecturer, ecumenist, and writer. One of his favorite topics was the enduring significance of the Congregational Way of life. Ministers receiving these funds will share Reverend Conn’s belief that: “We think that God is too great to care what denominational labels we wear, but that God does desire that we join hands with all who love him/her in an effort to hasten the day of the Kingdom.” -Reverend Howard Conn
To receive financial assistance a minister is required to fill out the application form and return it to the NACCC office on or before March 31st. See application for more details.
2 (Monday) 5:00 pm - 5 (Thursday) 11:00 am