Breakthrough Renewal Institute

WhenThursday, September 14, 2017 to Friday, September 15, 2017
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WhereHubbard United Methodist Church
12150 Broadway Road
Park Rapids, MN 56470

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ContactBrenda Schwartz
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Hubbard United Methodist Church, in Hubbard, MN, invites you to participate in a two-day Breakthrough Renewal Institute, September 14-15, designed especially for churches of the North Star District, but including other United Methodist Churches in the region. The fee  includes registration, Thursday dinner, Friday morning  muffins and Friday lunch. Lodging options can be found on the last page of this flyer.
Our purpose is to energize you through worship, inspirational speakers, dynamic videos and great music. You will have the opportunity to attend several workshops, choosing from 15 breakout sessions covering topics important to all churches.
Institute speakers include Bishop Bruce R. Ough, President of The United Methodist Council of Bishops; Mark Miller, District Superintendent of the North Star District; Fred Vanderwerf, District Superintendent of the Southern Prairie District; and Laurie Kantonen, Pastor of Hubbard UMC.
Thursday, September 14
· Check-in 2 to 4 p.m.
· Opening General Session  at 4 p.m.
· Evening Service  Featuring a message from Bishop Bruce Ough  and special music.
Friday, September 15
· Your choice of 3 Breakout Sessions.
· Featured Session with District Superintendent Fred Vanderwerf.
· Closing Session with District Superintendent Mark Miller.
When the Institute concludes at 5 p.m., we expect you’ll leave for home Refreshed, Renewed and Revitalized!

Below is a listing of the Breakout Sessions that will be offered on Friday in three different time slots. When you register you will choose three, one each from each time slot.
Congregational Breakthrough Prayer  
Cynthia Williams, District Superintendent, Minnesota River Valley District 
  • What does it mean to reclaim prayers as a central fiber of our life together? This breakout session will focus on the barriers to being a praying church and a praying congregation and how to overcome them.
Get Small to Go Big – Streamlining Church Leadership 
Roger Grafenstein, Pastor, Grace UMC, Moorhead
  • Learn how streamlining church leadership has had a positive affect on the ministry and growth of the Moorhead congregation. A member of the congregation who serves on both the Vision and Mission Team and the Operations and Resources Team,will join the discussion.
Healthy Communication – Healthy Church
Mark Miller, District Superintendent, Minnesota North Star District
  • Conflict and miscommunication destroy relationships and hinder churches from growing in love of God and neighbor, reaching new people and healing a broken world.  Learn essential ways to avoid the common pitfalls that trip up congregations as they rebuild their churches. This session will be especially helpful for Staff Parish Relations Committee members.
Making it Work: Building and Maintaining an Active Youth Group
Bill & Beth Daugherty, Youth Directors, Hubbard UMC
  • Learn how to start and build a youth group from the ground up by developing relationships with area youth and keeping them  interested and attending youth meetings. Discover how to share God’s word with those who have never met Christ, while helping those who know Christ to deepen their relationship with Him.
New Life in Small Groups
Fred Vanderwerf, District Superintendent, Southern Prairie District
  • In this workshop discover the importance of intentional small group ministry to our mission of making disciples. Learn some      tips and techniques one congregation used to equip new leaders, reinvigorate long-standing small groups, launch new groups, and move from being a church with small groups to a church of small groups.    
Preaching With a Series—Format vs. Lectionary
Laurie Kantonen, Pastor, Hubbard UMC
  • This workshop will offer a rationale for preaching from a series rather than using the lectionary every Sunday, and offer some practical ideas and tips for using a series format.  Church worship committees will find this information helpful in planning their worship services.
Radical Invitational Hospitality 
Hubbard UMC Panel
  • Learn how to welcome people in ways that make them want to return.  Sunday morning worship is not the first time most visitors come through our doors.  Discover why Hubbard is know throughout the community as a welcoming church.
Reviving Your Social Media Presence: What One Church Learned
Lori Hughes, Member, White Bear Lake UMC
  • Discover the methods White Bear Lake UMC used to resurrect its social media accounts. The goal of this session is to provide participants with ideas and suggestions that can be immediately implemented to reinvigorate a church’s online presence. Lori is a freelancer in technical publishing and web design and administration.
Seize the Day—Outreach to Children
Michelle Miller, Pastor, Wesley UMC, Crookston; and Barb McKewin, Pastor, Crane Lake Chapel UMC and Kabetogama UMC, Orr
  • Both pastors will share the dynamic impact their after school programs for children have meant to their families, congregations and communities. Michelle will explain why a small group of dedicated leaders remain committed to F.A.S.T. (Fosston After School Time,) and Barb will describe how a small church transformed its once-a-year VBS to a weekly program.
The Detroit Lakes Story: Family Worship 
Brenda North, Pastor, and Lisa Braun, Ministry Coordinator, Detroit Lakes UMC
  • How did a successful Wednesday worship service come to be led by children? What is the secret to the growth of this family worship service? Brenda and Lisa will explain the how, why and what of this innovative and challenging program.
WOW Worship (Worth our While)
Hubbard UMC Worship Team and Mark Miller, District Superintendent, Minnesota North Star District
  • The Hubbard UMC Worship Team will share how they work together as a team to make worship a "Worth Our While" experience.  From planning to Sunday execution, they will share some ideas and techniques for helping the congregation—visitors and members—experience sacred time with God.

Hubbard United Methodist Church, 12150 Broadway Road, 
Park Rapids, MN 56470.  Hubbard is a small community about 
four miles south of Park Rapids. Please contact the church at 
218-732-0224 if you have any questions. The church’s website is: 

Register Here 

Early Bird registration is $60 per participant before July 18. After July 18, the cost is $85 per participant.  If three or more lay persons from each congregation register, the pastor is invited to attend at no charge. The registration fee includes Thursday dinner, Friday morning muffins and Friday lunch.  Participants are asked to make their own lodging reservations.


Northern Pines Camp: (UMC Conference Facility)
20033 County 1, Park Rapids, MN 56470
Ask for Carol Ford
AmericInn; 218-732-1234, 800-634-3444
1501 First Street, E., Park Rapids, MN 56470 
Reference: Renewal Institute

C'mon Inn; 218-732-1471, 800-258-6891
1009 First Street, E., Park Rapids, MN 56470 
Reference: Renewal Institute

Super 8; 
218-732-9704, 877-274-3040
1020 First Street, E., Park Rapids, MN 56470; No special rate. 

Bed & Breakfast: Red Bridge Inn ; 218-237-7337, 855-237-7337
118 N. Washington St., Park Rapids, MN 56470 (on Fish Hook River, just off Hwy 34); 
Ask for Robyn Capistrant

Jewel of the North:;  
39050 Twin Lakes Rd, Menahga, MN 56464 (about 4 miles SW of Hubbard); 
Ask for Rick Pinnick

Cost: $60 before July 18, $85 after
Registration Info: If three or more lay persons from a congregation register, the pastor is invited to attend at no charge. The registration fee includes Thursday dinner, Friday morning muffins and Friday lunch.  Participants are asked to make their own lodging reservations.
Deadline: August 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058