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April 23, 2021 - April 24, 2021

NWC Annual Meeting 2021

Our Northwest Conference Annual Meeting, held each spring, remains a highlight of our shared ministry, as we celebrate what God has done through our churches and affiliated ministries. After cancelling last year’s 2020 meeting, and with many unknowns still facing us with COVID-19, we will hold the 2021 Annual Meeting online. We hope representatives from each church can join us, as this will be an important time to remember God’s faithfulness as we cling to the hope we have in Christ.

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Theme: Hardship to Hope

This past year has been hard. As our deeply divided country reckoned with the COVID pandemic and racial injustice, much of what we knew to be normal was cancelled or moved online. The accompanying grief and isolation has stretched and challenged all of us, with no clear resolution in sight.

And yet, as followers of Christ, we are not without hope. Our hope in Christ doesn’t diminish or cancel out the hardship, but our shared hope gives perspective to our struggles. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 5:3-5, “Therefore, we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us.”

It is in this spirit that we look forward to gathering virtually for our Annual Meeting April 23-24 to remember and reflect on the shared hope we have in Christ, even in the midst of this difficult time in which we find ourselves.


Ministerial Association Annual Meeting
(for all pastors and staff ministry leaders in the NWC)
Location: Zoom
Friday, April 23 from  9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Lunch (on Zoom) to follow

Pastors will have their annual Ministerial Association meeting on Friday morning, April 23, via Zoom.

NWC Annual Meeting Worship, Business Meeting and Workshops
(for delegates and attendees)
Location: Zoom
Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. – Noon

A time of worship, prayer and reflection followed by a brief business meeting conducted on Zoom for delegates to give voice to the important business of our NWC, including electing new members to leadership positions, voting on the budget, hearing a report from our Superintendent and more.

In addition, we will be highlighting stories of God’s faithfulness throughout. After Saturday morning’s business meeting, there will be opportunity for all attendees to participate in educational seminars.

We normally charge a nominal fee for delegates to attend the Annual Meeting, but this year Saturday’s business meeting and workshops will be offered free of charge to all delegates and attendees. We are also hoping that holding the meeting digitally will allow more churches to participate due to both the time commitment and usual costs normally associated with registration, lodging, travel and meals.

Special Offering: Covenant Ability Network-MN

The special offering at our 2021 NWC Annual Meeting will be taken to provide support and encouragement to staff members at our Covenant Ability Network-MN (CAN-MN) Group Home Residences, serving those with physical and mental disabilities. The funds will be used to bless these front-line workers who work tirelessly to care for those among us who need additional assistance to live full and meaningful lives, seeking to focus on what these residents can do rather than merely the challenges they face.

CAN-MN staff members have carried an enormous load amid all the ongoing challenges associated with COVID-19 and the prudence with which they must carry out their duties. They have risked both exposure and transmission of the virus. Many of their tasks go unnoticed by most of us, but to the families of the residents, their work means so much … to know that children or siblings are both cared for and loved by those who serve them.

While we run the risk of a smaller offering than usual due to the virtual nature of our gathering, we encourage you to make a special effort to give generously to this worthy cause. Thank you in advance for your support!

Give to the Annual Meeting Special Offering online


April 23, 2021
April 24, 2021
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