Each year people from AFLC congregations all over the country (and world) gather at a location to hear reports from the directors of each “arm” of the AFLC. These directors oversee our collective effort as congregations working together in missions, schools, youth work, etc. To read these reports, click here. I encourage you to do so. A highlight for me personally was hearing the first official report that Pastor Wade Mobley gave concerning the schools. He was elected the new Dean of the Seminary and president of the AFLC Schools at last year’s Annual Conference in Valley City, ND. He did a great job expressing a clear mission for the schools and also impressed upon the Conference the excellent education students receive at AFLBS and AFLTS (the seminary). All of the reports were given on Tuesday of Conference week.
From Wednesday through the conclusion of Conference on Friday, we spent time hearing resolutions that were crafted in light of needs and concerns regarding each area of ministry. This year most of the resolutions included a prayer point. “Be it resolved that we pray for___” One of the exciting resolutions involved praying for newly commissioned missionaries in the AFLC. Brent & Emily Raan and Matthew & Ednay Abel (son of missionaries Paul & Becky Abel) are the new missionaries. By the way, Brent & Emily will be coming to King of Glory in October to share about their ministry in India. Here is part of an example of a resolution: "It is the sincerely held belief of the AFLC that the Word of God makes clear that homosexual behavior is sinful and that marriage is only between one man and one woman."
Many describe the Annual Conference as a “family reunion.” We are, generally speaking, a small national church body. Relationships develop quickly. For us, this time was perfect for connecting with old friends. Our seminary friends serve all over the country. It was especially great to see our friends, Pastor Jeremy & Lacey Crowell. Jeremy is a missionary pilot in Naknek, Alaska.
Any member of an AFLC congregation can attend and vote on the resolutions. We don’t have a “delegate” system. I encourage you to consider attending an Annual Conference in the future. Next year it will be held at the ARC in Wisconsin. I am so grateful to be part of this wonderful association! Praise God for what He has done through our congregations in the past year.