Strengthened for the Call
November 2-4, 2021
"Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." 1 Kings 19:7b
This event is only for Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) parish pastors - Ministers of the Word and Commissioned Pastors and regional pastors.
Pastor Church Resources will be hosting its next pastors' conference. The event's goal is to offer active, CRC parish pastors and regional pastors a safe place in which to gather for support, encouragement, learning, rest, and fellowship.
If you have any questions, please contact Kim at [email protected] or by phone 877-279-9994 x2837 (toll free).
Mary Hulst serves as University Pastor at Calvin University. In addition to loving her students, preaching on campus, and serving in leadership at the university, Mary lectures around the U.S. on preaching, teaches occasionally at Calvin Theological Seminary, and consults with churches and search committees on how to listen to sermons. Mary is eager to pour into pastors who have led through one of the most challenging seasons in our shared memories. In her sessions, she will guide us in listening to the Holy Spirit and listening to each other as a way to pay attention to what God is up to in our lives.
Mary lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with her husband, Drew Kromminga, and their dog, Zoey. She has three mostly-adult step-children.
Cost of the Conference
The CRCNA’s Pastor Church Resources underwrites most of the expenses. The registration fee is $150 (CAN/US). This fee covers two hotel nights and most of your meals—beginning with supper on Tuesday and ending with lunch on Thursday. See travel information below.
Conference activities will include learning, fellowship, time in Old Town, communion, prayer, and breakout sessions.
Conference Details and Schedule
The event will be held November 2-4, 2021 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Conference check-in will begin on Tuesday at noon. The conference starts at 1 p.m. and will conclude about noon on Thursday.
Wednesday afternoon and evening you will have free time to experience all that Albuquerque has to offer. Supper will be on your own at your choice of the many local restaurants.
At the hotel you can enjoy the comfy hotel rooms, pool, hot tub, and wonderful public spaces for relaxation.
The cost of your hotel room for November 2 & 3 is included in the registration fee. Rooms have two beds and are double occupancy.
If you’d like to share a room with a friend, please note that person’s name when you register and have that person note your name on their registration form as well. If you don’t know anyone else who’s going, we’ll find a roommate for you.
If you'd like a private room, a limited number of single rooms are available and you'll have to pay for 50% of the room cost. Please indicate interest on your registration form.
Consider coming early or staying on for a night or two. If you’d like to extend your stay at the hotel, the rate of $169/night (plus taxes) is available to you for up to three days pre/post conference. We will assist you in making these arrangements.
Strength Through Spiritual Habits for Body and Soul (Naps and Snacks!)
Virtual life has divorced us from our bodies and from the incarnate interaction we need with others, and God. What can we learn from scripture about how God longs to tend and nourish us, body and soul? How did Jesus live in his body and receive holistic nourishment from God?
Strength in Conflict
Dave Den Haan and Sean Baker
Many of us avoid conflict. Others relish it, but don't do much good with it. We'll illustrate practices for transforming congregational conflicts into opportunities for discipleship and witness. Learn practical skills for before, during, and after the conflict flares.
Strength in Training
Elaine May and Nate Rauh-Bieri
A framework for understanding and practicing lifelong development helps us learn and grow. God develops our character and our influence to engage in mission in our unique contexts. Reflect on how God is shaping you, identify areas in need of strength training, and leave with a personalized plan to support your development.
Strength for the One Called
Al Postma and Zach Olson
Call is strength. He called you, as a person, with talents and gifts under development. He called you as a pastor, a role shaped by service and expectations. He called you to a church, a context with a unique culture and peculiarities. Explore how God integrates the person, the role, and the context to strengthen those he calls.
An Afternoon in Albuquerque
On Wednesday you’ll have a wonderful opportunity to explore on your own or in groups to experience the beauty, culture, shopping and adventure of Albuquerque. The hotel is located in the heart of Albuquerque, Historic Old Town founded in 1706 and the center of Albuquerque's cultural district, with numerous museums, shops, galleries, and more. Supper will be on your own at your choice of the many local restaurants.
Or if you don’t feel like going out, you may choose to enjoy your free time at the hotel.
Travel Information and Grants
You will make your own travel arrangements, whether flying or driving. Travel grants are available for up to half of your travel expense. Travel grant requests are part of the registration process, you will indicate your interest and additional information will be sent by email.
Additional travel information will be sent after registration is confirmed. If you choose to rent a car in Albuquerque, that’ll be your personal expense.
Please DO NOT make any travel/flight arrangements until you have received confirmation.
Important Border Information
Crossing the border? You’ll need to have a valid passport.
Can my spouse/family stay with me at the hotel?
If your spouse/family will be in Albuquerque with you, please make plans to join them after the conference. Hotel rooms are for conference attendees only. Other hotel options are available nearby for your family.
Can special dietary needs be accommodated?
The hotel will accommodate special dietary needs (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.) to the best of their ability.
Registration is limited to 100 (CRC pastors only) so don't delay! Register online by September 30. Confirmation and payment instructions will be sent to the email address you provide on the registration form.
If cancellation is necessary, your registration fee is refundable until October 2nd.