Sue Nelson – Ward, Colorado … This year’s “Leadership Convention Weekend,” as it is known to the Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) Adventurer and Pathfinder leaders, was held at Glacier View Ranch (GVR), September 8-10. It is a weekend of fellowship, training, and spiritual uplifting.

Godfrey Miranda, lead pastor at Littleton Seventh-day Adventist Church, was the speaker for the convention and talked about “Learning to Lead – Joshua’s Runway to Strong Leadership.” Pastor Godfrey ended his message with the Pathfinder Aim: The Advent Message (what) to all the world (who) in my generation (when).

Kathy Walker, RMC club ministries training coordinator, commented, “The Pathfinder and Adventurer directors, counselors, TLT’s (Teen Leadership Training), and their families that came to leadership [convention] this fall at Glacier View Ranch were treated to great food, fellowship, and a variety of learning experiences. Counselor and Master Guide classes were offered as well as ever popular classes on how to teach honors when they go back to their clubs.”

Kathy continued, “Many thanks to the Coordinators and volunteer teachers that helped teach the classes, and a shout out to our RMC youth director, Brandon Westgate, and Brent Learned, RMC assistant youth director, who shared important topics with our Teens and TLT’s Sabbath morning!”

On Sabbath morning, Vanessa Alarcón, elder at Boulder Adventist Church, and Joanna Rivera, member of Denver Hispanic Adventist Church, presented an engaging and mandatory class on Child Safety Guidelines. They also covered the Sterling Volunteers background check that is required of all volunteers who work with children’s ministry.

The annual business meeting was held on Saturday night and included voting on an updated Constitution, which is done every five years.

Following Pastor Godfrey’s message on Sunday morning, the youth pinning service recognized club members who served the program for the number of years.  Attendees received many give-a-ways thanks to the GVR camp store and AdventSource, who came from Lincoln, Nebraska, with many resources. All council coordinators were also recognized as this club ministry could not function without them!

“Leadership weekend is about coming together to learn and share experiences. We grow in knowledge from our seasoned Adventurer leaders, and we learn new ways to reach our little ones. There isn’t a greater blessing than being able to put in practice the biblical teaching: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6),” remarked Cinthya Miranda, RMC Adventurer coordinator.

—Sue Nelson is the RMC club ministries executive coordinator. Photos supplied.