North Central District

Upcoming Events:

Big Sandy Camp Spring Workday (April 28-20):
Register and attend this FREE volunteer event and you will receive a $15 discount for Men's Retreat 2018!
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This is a great opportunity to be a part of some great Kingdom work!

Brief Info:

Many say "I will do whatever is needed" which is great, but if you or someone you know has any trade skills that you might think the camp could use, there is likely a project that could be tailored just for you or your group.

If you'd like more information, please contact Brian Toth 218-426-3389 x20

You can also visit for more info.

Looking forward to great fellowship and camaraderie as we team together help our wonderful camp minister to many kids this summer!

North Central District - Alliance Men's Committee

Men's Retreat (February 24th, 2017):

Bob Thune presents: "Putting Life Together"

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Bob was born in Murdo, South Dakota, and grew up there, the eldest of 5 children. He is married to his college sweetheart, Ruthie; and they have two sons, Bob and Jeff. Bob Jr. is presently Senior Pastor of Coram Deo Church in Omaha, NE. Jeff is the Senior Pastor at Northwest Bible Church in Tucson, AZ. The Thunes are blessed to have 7 grandchildren.

Bob graduated from Biola University in Southern California, in 1969, after which he attended Talbot Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity in Practical Theology in 1972.

In ministry for 44 years, Pastor Bob’s first pastorate was the Evangelical Free Church in Huntington Beach, CA where he served as Senior Pastor from 1972 to 1982. The church grew under his leadership from one to five staff members and from 190 to 550 attendees. In August of 1982, Bob accepted a call as Senior Pastor of Christ Community Church (formerly known as the Omaha Gospel Tabernacle) in Omaha, Nebraska. Under Pastor Bob’s leadership for 22 years, the church grew from 900 to 2700 in Sunday ministry. Then, it was back to southern California to pastor Southwest Community Church in Indian Wells, a church that fluctuates a lot due to the intense heat in the summer and the “snowbird factor” in the winter. Attendance on Sunday mornings ranged from 2,500 to 4,500.

After 7 years at Southwest, Bob became the Lead Pastor at what was then First Evangelical Free Church, now GracePoint Church, in Bismarck, ND, a church that ranges from 400-500 in worship, 600-700 in total attendance.

Ruthie was born and raised in California, except for a 6 year period in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her father was a pastor, and she is the middle child of five—two girls and three boys all of whom are or have been pastors. Ruthie’s life revolves around her home, family, and church. She loves to use her home as a venue for ministry.

Pastor Bob enjoys spending time with kids and grandkids; and his leisure pursuits include motorcycling and golf.

Leadership Summit (March 31st to April 1st, 2017):
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We'd like to invite you to a new event that is designed to help men in leadership to:

  • Connect with men in leadership at other churches
  • Share your successes and struggles in your leadership role
  • Ask questions
  • Sharpen one another as ministry leaders
  • Pray together for men to be reached with the Gospel
  • Discover new ideas and resources for leading other men

We are calling this a Leadership Summit as it will be more of an interactive event than a retreat or conference.

Pastor Will Kosel from Milaca Alliance Church.

March 31st to April 1st, 2017
Friday evening to Saturday afternoon

Audubon Center of the North Woods
54165 Audubon Drive
Sandstone, MN 55072

Cost: $80

So come and enjoy a great time of discusion, interaction, and brainstorming with other leaders who are going through the same things you are. We are hoping to give you new ideas, new energy, and new connections to resources that will help you in what God has called you to do.

Men's Leadership Roundtable Retreat

Greetings from the Northwestern District C&MA Men!

For the second year in a row, we're inviting men in leadership roles from around the district (and beyond) to the Men's Leadership Roundtable retreat. It's for men who lead, or are called to lead, in their churches. It's for any man who has the desire in his heart to learn to lead and teach other men to lead. It's an event for catching a vision for how it can be when God's men take what God has put in them and pass it on to a new generation.

The Men's Leadership Roundtable retreat is coming up October 29 & 30 at Big Sandy Camp. The cost is $50.00--and scholarship opportunities are available. We've invited Dr. Don Alexander, professor emeritus of theology at Bethel Seminary, and a lifelong C&MA brother, to come and share with us. We'll also have free materials for you, and some amazing times of fellowship.

If you do attend, you will receive $50 off the next Men's Retreat. This discount will be transferable.

If you're interested, please contact us at to let us know you're coming. It's going to be something truly inspiring.

Keith Stacy
District Coordinator
C&MA Men, Northwestern District