January 23-24, 2013 – Native American Ministries Conference - Holbrook AZ: Operation 29:11 sponsored its first conference on January 23-24 at the First Southern Baptist Church of Holbrook AZ. Hosted by Pastor Jim McMinnick, his wife Betty and church members our first foray into the conference arena was an overwhelming success. A total of 54 people attended the conference representing 32 churches and faith-based nonprofit organizations.
The objective of the conference was to determine 1) what the greatest challenge reservation pastors encounter as they strive to impact their communities; 2) what is the greatest challenge faith-based nonprofits encounter as they strive to impact their particular area of ministry, and; 3) how does economic, social and familial instability affect your community and ministry.
We were blessed to have Pastor Jeremy Bratcher (Senior Pastor of Magnolia Baptist Church, Anaheim CA) and Todd Williams (Entrepreneur & Co-Found of Containers of Hope) serve as session facilitators.
The challenges encountered within the Southwestern Native American communities have been developing for well over 100 years and the responses to the questions presented only clarified the large scope of work before us.
At the end of the end of our two days together there was a remarkable desire to unify our efforts and move forward in partnership to develop practical solutions that will revitalize the Native American community.
Christ’s Church of the Valley (Peoria AZ) will host the next Native American Ministry Conference on March 1-2 at Whiteriver AZ, Fort Apache Indian Reservation.