Published on September 11, 2014
Welcome to the 2014 Annual Conference From Chris Calmer, President & Treasurer Welcome to the 2014 Annual Conference of the Missouri Baptist Foundation at The Lodge of Four Seasons. We are delighted that you are here with us, and we look forward to a great day together in this beautiful setting. Our theme this year is “Shine”. Just like the open campfire penetrates the darkness, we also need to live a life that can be seen clearly by others. Our life needs to be visible and respected. The call to Christian service needs to be easily identified by the way we live and the difference we are making on those around us. We have a talented and gifted group of speakers and presentations for you to enjoy. We will have updates for you on the Foundation investments, the economy, development/fundraising strategies, not-for-profit management, and a host of other educational sessions. Commonfund has been serving with us for some time, and we have had tremendous success in the projects we have been working on together. They have been incredibly generous to provide several key staff members to participate with us for our event. Please take time to get to know each of them, and learn as much as you possibly can. In addition to the seminars and networking that will take place, I am excited that Holly Snell and Heather Gilion are going to be with us as our keynote speakers during lunch. If you have not had opportunity to hear their story or read their book, Dancing on My Ashes, I would encour- age you to learn more about these special ladies! Their testimony about God’s love and learning to love Him, through good and bad, are inspiring. We are excited to have them with us! I know you will be blessed to have the chance to interact with them during our client event. If there is anything that I can do for you, or if you would like to visit with any of the staff, please let us know. We are here to learn and grow through this event, and we appreciate the oppor- tunity we have to partner with you in ministry!