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.
I have a tendency, for good and bad, to focus on the outcomes of projects, events or ministry areas to which I commit my time. The outcomes of Institute seem to be a mixed bag for me. This year there were clearly students whose lives were changed by their experience of God at camp. This is an undeniable outcome that is difficult to dispute. If even one life is changed or one student decides to follow Jesus, is not the entire effort worth it? Maybe so… I cannot deny that God is at work through Institute. At the same time, I believe that with changes the week could be more meaningful for a greater number of students with lower anxiety for leaders, student and adult.
What about your local church? What are the outcomes of the projects, events or ministry areas? Is there good as well as bad that is accomplished through the work of the community?
On February 8, 383 new adults youth and children joined Resurrection.
While at times I have become familiar with large numbers of people at church, this boggles my mind. Each one represents a life that has been changed in some way through the presence of Resurrection in the community.
Numbers can be measured, but how do you measure life change?
As I am starting off the new year, I wanted to take some time to share how proud I am of close family members. I have shared life with each one in a special way and each has taught me how to live. I am going to start with my dad.
My dad, Mark Conard, is a great dad and an excellent United Methodist pastor. I am proud of the way that he leads congregations. I see in him a constant desire to do the best that he is able for all of God’s people. He has a passion for the people of Zimbabwe and that the churches of which he is a part will take the next step in faith. I have learned a lot about ministry from his experience and will continue to learn from him.
Beyond that, he is a great dad – supportive, caring, fun. I appreciate the way that he has supported me through the years in many different days. I hope to be a dad like him one day.
This is one of my all time favorite Resurrection videos. This was produced in 2005 for the capital campaign for the west building here at Resurrection. It is an amazing 10 minutes that gives me chills throughout and brings me close to tears.
I think that Resurrection continues to have a great future and it is amazing to be a part of God’s work in this place.