Breakthrough Renewal Institute
Thursday, September 12, 2019 to Friday, September 13, 2019

Add to my calendar

Hubbard United Methodist Church
12150 Broadway Road
Park Rapids, MN 56470

View map →



Joanne Torfin, 218-766-0978

Hubbard United Methodist Church has been asked to host a second Breakthrough Renewal Institute, September 12-13, 2019, designed specifically for churches in the North Star District, but open to other United Methodist Churches in the region. The fee includes registration, Thursday evening dinner, Friday morning muffins and Friday lunch. Lodging options are listed on the back page.
This training and leadership program will motivate and inspire you through worship, inspirational speakers, great music, fellowship, and 12 practical breakout sessions on a variety of topics important to all churches. The Institute will also feature several “success story videos” from churches that participated in the 2017 Institute.
Click on Breakthrough Renewal Institute


Thursday, September 12
  • Check-in, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
  • Opening General Session,  2 p.m., Cynthia Williams, District Superintendent of the Minnesota River Valley District.
  • Snack Break, 3:00 p.m.
  • General Teaching Session, 3:30  p.m., Ben Ingebretson, Dakota-Minnesota Director for New Church Development
  • Dinner, Big Tent, 5:30 p.m.
  • Evening Vesper Service, 7:15 p.m.,  Bishop Bruce R. Ough, Bishop for the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area 
  • Coffee Fellowship, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, September 13 - Your choice of Three Breakout Sessions; see listing of topics and speakers.
  • Coffee & Muffins, 8:15 a.m.
  • Breakout Session #1, 9:00 a.m.
  • Snack Break, 10:00 a.m.
  • Breakout Session #2, 10:30 a.m.
  • Featured Session, 11:45 a.m., Kali Christiensen, Pastor, Communities of Faith United Methodist Parish
  • Lunch, Big Tent, 12:30 p.m.
  • Breakout Session #3, 1:45 p.m.
  • Snack Break, 2:45 p.m.
  • Closing General Session, 3:15 p.m., Laurie Kantonen, District Superintendent of the North Star District
When registering, you will be asked which session you want to attend in each of the three time slots 

Session 1 - Friday, 9-10 am
A Learner’s Guide to Evangelism, Part I: Fred Vanderwerf, District Superintendent, Southern Prairie District
What do I really need to know to be an evangelist? How can I share faith without being a jerk? How will I know if I was successful? These sessions will look at evangelism in a way that merely requires a curious and learning heart. We will look at concepts cross-cultural missionaries employ as a way to inform how we share our faith right next door. 

Congregational Breakthrough Prayer: Cynthia Williams, Superintendent, Minnesota River Valley District
What does it mean to reclaim prayer 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.
Lay Ministry: Rekindle the Flame: Terry Sullivan, Marian Hanson, Susan Cafferty:  Minnesota Annual Conference Lay Ministries Team
You love the church. You want to serve, but how and where? Learn about your spiritual gifts and discover your passions and   options to serve as lay persons in your church
Preaching Refresher:  Video
This session features a video by Dave Ward, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology at Indiana Wesleyan
University. In addition to teaching at IWU, Dr. Ward has served as a church pastor, itinerant preacher and preaching coach. 

Session 2 - Friday, 10:30-11:30 am
A Learner’s Guide to Evangelism, Part II: Fred Vanderwerf, District Superintendent, Southern Prairie District
Continuing from Breakout Session 1 

Becoming an Invitational Church: Panel
Enjoy, learn and take home new ideas and tools as you discover the difference in making the leap from "welcoming" to "inviting" people to your church.   

New Engagement … New Leaders … New Impact, Part I: Ben Ingebretson, Dakota-Minnesota Director For New Church Development  
Drawing on field-tested examples, this workshop is designed to survey fresh practical ways in which any church can multiply   community engagement, multiply new leaders and multiply their overall impact. Note: This is the first of two sessions; see below for Part II, Start a New Service to Reach New People.

Seeing Your Church Through Fresh Eyes: HUMC Panel
What do visitors experience at your church?  You might be surprised!  Members of Hubbard's Healthy Church Initiative (HCI)  Leadership Team will share some surprising insights they received from having mystery visitors attend their church.  

Session 3 - Friday, 1:45-2:45 pm
Community Connections: Dawn Houser, Pastor, Aitkin United Methodist Church
Any faith community feeling that it does not have resources, people or finances to engage in meaningful, well-planned, fun-filled, outward-thinking ministries will want to hear about strategies to overcome this concern. This session will give some examples of how to engage locally and collaborate with different entities in order to grow the Kingdom of God in your own community.
Lay Leadership: Laurie Kantonen, District Superintendent, North Star District
Everyone brings different gifts to the table. In this session, you will learn the importance of getting the right people in the right  places to move your church forward. 
Social Media:
Christa Meland, Communications Director for the Minnesota Annual Conference
Discover how to effectively use social media as a tool to communicate with your church members and to enhance your outreach  to the community at large.
Start a New Service to Reach New People, Part II: Ben Ingebretson, Dakota-Minnesota Director For New Church Development  
Learn how to leverage church planting methods to start a new service that reaches new people. Avoid the mistakes and maximize this low risk high reward strategy that most any church can do.  Note: This session builds on information presented in Part I, New Engagement … New Leaders … New Impact.

Early Bird registration June 1 - July 31: $60 per participant.
After August 1: $85 per participant. 
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.
Hubbard is a small community about eight miles south of Park Rapids.

Northern Pines Camp (UMC Conference Facility): email:, 218-732-4713, 20033 County 1, Park Rapids, MN 56470
Contact Northern Pines for child care options.
AmericInn:; 218-732-1234, 800-634-3444, 1501 First Street, E., Park Rapids, MN 56470
C'mon Inn:; 218-732-1471, 800-258-6891, 1009 First Street, E., Park Rapids, MN 56470
Super 8:; 218-732-9704, 877-274-3040, 1020 First Street, E., Park Rapids, MN 56470
Red Bridge Inn (bed & breakfast):; 218-237-7337, 855-237-7337, 118 N. Washington St., Park Rapids, MN 56470 (on Fish Hook River, just off Hwy 34)

Jewel of the North (bed & breakfast):;; 218-564-6162; 39050 Twin Lakes Rd, Menahga, MN 56464 (about 4 miles SW of Hubbard)

Please contact the church at 218-732-0224 if you have any questions.

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058