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- My District Superintendent is blogging a return trip to Vietnam after 40 years away at The Year of the Metal Dog.
- Why Innovation Thrives at the Mayo Clinic could be replicated in churches.
- Brilliant work at Internet Campus Volunteer Training Blog from Saddleback.
- 5 Ways to Integrate Stories Into Your Social Media Marketing speaks for itself
- I am not worried about using something NIH – More at The Peculiar Way We Reward Innovation.
- Pray 40 is an opportunity to “pray for the next generation of Christian leaders as they head to college and university campuses.”
I spent last week at a youth camp, Institute 2010: God’s All Stars, which is a ministry of the Conference Council on Youth Ministry of the Kansas East Annual Conference. This post is part of a series reflecting on the week and making applications for the local church.
Part of the practice of the week at camp was to share a prayer square. Here is the practice of the prayer squares:
- Choose a strip of cloth from the cross as a part of morning worship.
- Write your name on the square and carry it with you throughout the day.
- Return the strip of cloth to the cross as a part of evening worship.
- Repeat the next day and continue to be in prayer for all those whose names are written on the cloth.
- On the last day, take one home with you.
This is a cool practice. In addition to the opportunity to be in prayer, I was struck by the power of the entire camp moving forward to the cross. These pictures are from morning worship. You can see the cross in the front covered with green prayer squares and the students moving forward to the cross.
In what ways is your local church inviting people to the cross?
How are people equipped to pray for one another?
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- I appreciated the guidance at 10 Ways to Create Margin.
- I want to always be able to say, “I do not counsel people. I teach them to pray.”
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- I was encouraged by I Have Decided…
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- The risk/reward confusion is alive within the United Methodist Church.
This morning I am headed with the team of senior staff at Resurrection to a retreat center in Missouri about 90 minutes away. I love to get away with other members of the staff to spend time together and dream about the future of the church. According to the last email update, here is the plan…
By consensus, the thrust of our time together will be to step away from the demands of our usual work to do three things:
- We will breathe, pray, reflect and be spiritually refreshed.
- We will form tighter, lasting, deeper relationships with one another.
- We will sharpen ourselves as leaders in God’s church.
This will be more of a retreat, in every sense of the word. There will be less time on future planning and more about just being together. I am looking forward to it.