Don’t Go it Alone – the Indispensability of Close Relationships 


We hear it often-- pastors and other ministry leaders get isolated, lacking close friends.  We as ministry caregivers can also lack the close authentic relationships we need.

Close deep relationships:  why they are essential and how they can be pursued is the theme for this year’s main sessions.

Dr. Genalin Niere-MetcalfComing to help us explore this important topic is Dr. Genalin Niere-Metcalf, RN, MA, PsyD.

Even as a young girl, Genalin felt a special closeness with the Lord and a desire to know Him.  Growing up in the church both deepened her faith and opened her eyes to the challenges of ministry life.  It was these experiences in the church and her personal spiritual experiences with God that deeply transformed her and became a catalyst for her vocational call, involvement in particular ministries and determined how she "moves, lives and has her being." (Acts 17:28)


Leading us in worship will be Susan Johnson.

Susan led us at the Forum in 2009 through 2011 at Green Lake and we are excited to have her return to lead us again.

For over 20 years, Susan has led worship not only in numerous churches and denominations, but also for many small groups, retreats, events and conferences across the country - with simply a piano, as well as with larger ensembles - playing a wide range of music genres. Through music, scripture, prayer, testimony and reflection, Susan has led others in worship from a living room of several people to a church of thousands. Her desire to craft worship experiences that help people see the beauty and magnitude of who God is, igniting authentic devotion to Him, is what she considers her highest privilege and calling. She has performed with artists such as Margaret Becker, Fernando Ortega, Stuart Townend, and Keith and Krystin Getty. Susan currently resides in Oconomowoc, WI.

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