Joy in Gathering

By Ron and Joan Stoller

It was another great reunion at Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center in Sumas, Washington, May 15–17, 2023, with retirees coming from eight states and two provinces. Three years had passed since we gathered together, and for some reason, some people seemed to have gotten older! Yet, as we gathered around the tables for the great family-style meals, we picked up the conversations as if we had seen each other just yesterday.

Caryn Young from the NAB International Office helped direct our time, and we started out with a great session from Harry Kelm, the director of our conference. He shared the four end goals of the NAB, which are the same as what Frank Woyke wrote many years ago in his book, Heritage and Ministry of the North American Baptist Conference. We were reminded that our goals have not changed but we have more diversity with the changing cultures we are involved with these days. . . .

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The next Fit Assessment is just around the corner, July 10–12, 2023, in Medina, Ohio, and there is still space for more applicants!

The NAB Fit Assessment is designed to help individuals and couples discern their next best steps in ministry based on their skills and the leading of the Spirit. Key to this is the Fit Assessment staff entering into the discernment process with each candidate or couple. We use proven methods and tools to help each individual and couple, if married, accurately appraise their fit to be the lead planter in a church plant, be the lead pastor of a revitalization effort, or serve as an international missionary.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested, it is not too late to sign up for this next assessment. Send an email to Stu Streeter, VP of Ministry Advancement and Church Multiplication, to connect. You can also check out the link below to find out more about the Fit Assessment process.

NAB Fit Assessment

We are so excited about next year’s Triennial gathering in St. Paul, Minnesota, July 11–14, 2024, and we cannot wait to share with you the details as they are coming together. With just over a year to go, there is still a lot to do in preparation for the 2024 Triennial, but there are already a few pieces we’d like to share with you.

But not yet!

In just two weeks, we will be sharing a video promo from Executive Director Harry Kelm where he talks about the purpose of Triennial and the scriptural theme that will be the focus of our time together in St. Paul.

In the meantime, you can check out to find videos of a few of the most recent Triennials and get a small taste of what Harry will share in the video.