-Special Touch Ministry, Morris, MN Chapter Conferences

(old site)



2009 Chapter Training for the state of MN
on November 13th and 14th in St. Cloud, MN.
The training was from 9am - 3pm
on Friday the 13th and from 8am - 12pm on Saturday the 14th.
This was held at the First Assembly of God Church.
2409 Clear Water RD.
St. Cloud, MN.

I (Sal) was the "lone" representative of the Morris Special Chapter (donate site), so I made sure I took "good notes" and "paid attention" to bring what I learn to effectively impact our chapter in Morris, MN. It was a privilege meeting others from the state (e.g. Fergus Falls, Brainard, Long Prairie, etc..). I was able to learn from each different chapter's successful and unsuccessful stories, which we can encourage and learn from one another.

The training classes (taught by Leadership Team - Special Touch Ministry, Inc.: Campbell couple and Jerry Fields) for our state chapters included:

Friday 6-9p
*wasn't able to attend this particular day

6-7p National Video/Intro to Chapter Vision
7-8p Teaching to Reach People with Mental Disabilities for Christ
8-9p Marketplace Ministry to Disability 101
start a "Disability Awareness Day"
"Jerry Fields shared about how he helped organize this in Galesburg, IL (e.g. arranged a meeting with the mayor) on Saturday's session
Disability Awareness Day at the Mississippi State Capitol

"March 7, 2007 was Disability Awareness Day at the Mississippi State Capitol."
Disability Awareness Day-Miami Beach
"..Activities focus on the physical, social and spiritual well-being as well as the health of the disabled community"..
Disability Awareness Day, from
"The Northwest Disability Awareness Day (DAD) held on Sunday 12th July has been hailed a "the biggest and best" in the 18 year history of this annual event. Organised by Warrington Disability Partnership, DAD 2009 attracted over 27,000 visitors from across the region and over 280 exhibitors from across the UK and Europe - two travelled in from Spain and Cyprus. "

Saturday 8am-4pm

8am Meaningful Ministry to People with Disabilities
*"allow our chapter ministry to give guests to "experience God"! Must be open to the diversity of disabilities (low to high functioning-e.g. down syndrome, autism, disabled Vets, etc..) of guests. Build relationships (e.g. not just once a month, but throughout the month. One example would be visiting them at their home or workplace. Try to have them "discover" their gifts (e.g. prayer) that can be used inside and/or outside the ministry. Challenge them to excel and prove something. They don't want to be "labeled", "stereotyped", "rejected" (they are very extremely sensitive in this area!), etc..

Below is a verse Larry Campbell shared with the group:

"10Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."-1 Peter 4

*see Bible

9am How to Effectively Lead a Chapter
"Action: Start an attendance sheet regularly to see who shows up faithfully and keep track whose coming. Recruit volunteers to help spread the work (to be blessed and bless others), so chapter board members won't be burned out!"
10am Chapter Business & Raising Funds
"goal to raise $10K (e.g. get 10 volunteers to each help raise $1K each/together as a group) for each chapter. Highly suggest each chapter to do a "Annual Chapter Budget" couple-several months prior to the "new year"
11am Galesburg Chapter Video/Chapter Community Event

Galesburg Locomotives - 2008 Chapter Video

"Spread the work out amongst volunteers! Jerry F. recommends John Maxwell's book "Leadership Gold (Price: $17.15 Ships from and sold by"
The Gold Standard for Leaders - Leadership Gold

"Imagine being personally mentored by the world's foremost expert on leadership.
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You’re doing too much on your own. March 11th, 2009 by
"I get asked all the time about my busy schedule, and how I find time to accomplish all the things that I do.
When I answer that I delegate as much as I can, people nod in recognition. But I can tell that they’re not really satisfied with my answer. That’s because every leader “knows” about delegation. But most have had one of two experiences with it.
They either hold onto as much as they can and only give away what they absolutely cannot do themselves, OR they try to dump everything on unprepared and unsuspecting followers. The result? Burnout … or a train wreck....
My answer is always the same. Find someone with the ability and willingness to learn, and then invest a lot of time in their lives.
With everyone who works closely with me, my goal is to teach them to think like I do. So at the beginning, I pour a lot of myself into them.
I don’t just make decisions and ask them to implement them. I share my thought processes and encourage them to tell me what they think I would do...

12pm Lunch
1pm Chapter "Worship" Service 101/Prayer
Some songs we sung were:
The more we get to know God -Sung to: Did you ever see a Lassie?
"I'd Like to Get to Know You"
I’d like to get to know you
To know you, to know you.
I’d like to get to know you
So we can be friends.
Then we can start playing,
and singing, and sharing.
I’d like to get to know you
So we can be friends

I will praise him-Sung to: Frere Jacques?
-Handbell Music for Beginning Bell Ringers, from

Special Touch MN State Conference: Chapter "Worship" Service: Handbell from gooodnews everybodycom on Vimeo.

Little Ringers Frequently Asked Questions, from
Music & Videos - Handbells, from

3-4pm Questions & Answers/ Close out Session

*NOTE: The links above were all my (Sal) preference and NOT of the Special Touch organization. If interested, please contact me (Sal) for worksheets, notes, or any resource material related to this conference that was given to each participant.


2008 Leadership Exposé - Special Touch Ministry, Inc.

"Charlie Chivers shares a few reasons why you won't want to miss the 2008 Special Touch Ministry Leadership Exposé."


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