Brethren Homes Forum Held at the Cedars in Kansas

Many CEOs, administrators, board members, and chaplains of Brethren-affiliated retirement centers met May 4-6 at the Cedars in McPherson, Kan., for the Fellowship of Brethren Homes’ annual forum. The Cedars is one of 22 Church of the Brethren facilities that are members of the fellowship, a ministry of the Association of Brethren Caregivers (ABC).

The theme for this year’s forum was “Developing Leadership.” Both administrators’ and chaplains’ tracks were available. Wally Landes, pastor of Palmyra (Pa.) Church of the Brethren and chair of the board of ABC, spoke on “The Church of the Brethren: Who We Are and How We Got Here,” which set the tone for discussion regarding leadership within the Brethren agencies.

David Slack, executive vice president of the Aging Research Institute, continued the discussion by presenting “Developing Leadership and Strategic Learning.” Don Fecher, director of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes, and Malcolm Nimick, CFA, Lancaster Pollard, also gave presentations.

Plans are underway for next year’s forum to be held at Hillcrest Homes in La Verne, Calif., with Larry Minnix, CEO of the American Association of Health Services for the Aging, as the keynote speaker.

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