Mission: The ABA exists to connect and enable churches to impact communities for the growth and advancement of the kingdom of God in Alberta and the world."
IMPORTANT ABA CONFERENCE AND BUSINESS SESSION INFORMATION
Following months of conversation and consultation with pastors and leaders of ABA churches, the ABA Leadership Council has decided to try a new approach to our Annual Conference and Business Session. Essentially, we will separate the two, creating two events. We will still have our annual conference that will focus on celebrating what God is doing in the ABA, but the business session of the association will happen on a different day and in a different way. In particular, the business session will be conducted using an online format. With this in mind, there are a number of details and information items that each church will need to know immediately.
Date: April 8, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
The agenda for this event will be short as usual. Although it is still in process, we know that the agenda will include:
- Election of Leadership Council members
- Financial Report on the 2013-14 year
- Budget for 2015-16
- Changes to the ABA Constitution (possible)
- Report on ABA ministry
Information for these discussion items will be sent to each church in advance along with details concerning delegate registration, role call, voting procedures and means by which we will engage the conversation using the online format.
We will use GoToMeeting as the online format and you will be sent login information well in advance of the meeting. Likewise, although anyone will be able to login from home individually, we hope that groups will login as well.
It is the hope of the council that the participants of this meeting will include pastors and pastoral staff, board members and other interested members from each church. Our suggestion is that church delegates meet as a group, login using one computer and project the image on screen using a PowerPoint projector.
So, as we plan for this event and seek to manage many new details, we hope that all churches will include this on their calendars, and invite their leadership teams to participate in the business of the association in a very different but efficient way.
Although the business portion of the Annual Conference usually takes less than two hours of time, moving the business out of the conference weekend allows us to make some other helpful changes. With this in mind, the following advance information may be helpful.
Date: April 17-18, 2015
Host Church: Terwillegar Community Church, Edmonton
The conference in 2015 will be both familiar and new. We will still have stories from sister churches and partner ministries; we will still have a banquet on Friday evening; we will still have times of worship and inspiration; registration and costs will be much the same, but some things will change.
The theme this year will be Reunion, so don’t be surprised if the whole event feels a bit like a family reunion. Like most family reunions, we will look to renew our connections with ABA family members; we will hope to recapture our identity as family members; we will consider what it means to be part of the family; and we will focus on family opportunities and challenges.
This year, rather than bringing in a speaker from outside, we will hear from ABA family members. Three speakers from amongst us will share from their heart as they talk about the value and benefit of being part of the family, the challenges and opportunities that are before us, as well as how we connect with and relate to one another.
Another added feature of the conference will be our opportunity to dialogue; to share together regarding specific ministry challenges experienced by many of our churches. We will replace the business time on Saturday morning with breakout group opportunities. Although we have yet to finalize the topics, these groups are not intended to be teaching times. Rather we are anticipating guided, open discussion on current issues faced by followers of Jesus within the context of the 21st Century.
In the coming days each church will receive a pdf copy of the conference brochure. This will contain more specific details about the conference, including registration information. It is our hope that you, and many from your church will make it a priority to take part in this Reunion event.
ABA Annual Business Session
April 8, 2015 7:00 - 8:30pm
ABA Annual Conference
April 17-18, 2015 @ Terwillegar Baptist Church, Edmonton AB
Sacramento Conference Coach Tour - CANCELLED
June 27-July 11, 2014
Hosted by Taylor College & Seminary Alumni Assocaition
For more information dowload the brochure here