About 80 pastors and ministry leaders from Grace Brethren congregations in the central region of the United States and Canada are gathered this week at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, Oregon, Ohio, for the annual Focus Retreat.
Led by Clancy Cruise, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Marysville, Ohio, and the incoming executive director of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (mid-2016), the two-day retreat is focusing on “Leverage.”
The retreat began Monday, October 5 and will continue through Wednesday, October 7. One of the first exercises was to gather as small groups to get better acquainted. Participants were encourage to share their stories and dreams with one another.
After dinner, Clancy shared how God had worked in his life, beginning with his salvation at age 19. The evening closes as Mike Catanzarito, a partor at Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio, shared illusions with the audience.