Organizational leaders from across the country recently gathered for the 2017 National Royal Rangers LEAD Conference. This important annual event provides district and regional leaders with the latest program information and training to facilitate the Royal Rangers program within their areas of responsibility.
Dr. George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, opened the LEAD17 conference with a powerful message on our "New Identity in Christ," which was made possible by His incredible gift of grace. This was a great start as we focused on the conference theme, "Steadfast"! On Friday, Karl S. Fleig, our national director, encouraged leaders to remember the authority that is ours through Christ to accomplish our task and not allow the enemy to steal it through fear, insecurity, doubt, or any other tool the enemy may throw at us. Both mornings were marked by encouraging times of worship and ministry in the altars.
This year's conference featured several workshops and presentations on a variety of topics, including national updates, training programs, online safety, and concepts for conducting Royal Rangers in a smaller church setting. We celebrated our new BGMC/Master's Toolbox missions project, Catapult 700. At the completion of this 2-year project, we will see 700 new outposts launched in Africa, the RRI curriculum translated into Swahili, and the completion of the Royal Rangers training center in Kenya. The conference concluded with an emphasis on "Healthy Leaders," patterned after the four gold points of the Royal Rangers emblem-mental, physical, spiritual, and social growth.
This year's conference marked a return to the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, MO, which hosted this event for many years prior to its relocation to Dallas in 2011. The LEAD Conference will take place at the University Plaza again next year on February 8-10, 2018; however, venues for 2019 and beyond are yet to be determined.