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?
This weekend is the finals of the World Cup.
This amazing sports event connects nations, continents and the world in a game of sport.
What event similarly connects the church?
I believe the Jesus’ incarnation and resurrection as well as communion and baptism are all key connections across the church.
How do you respond?
I hope your answer is yes.
This is Resurrection’s 11th annual Leadership Institute 11th annual leadership training event in which we hope to give away our best ideas. This year the focus will be on the future of the church. There are young adult and new church start discounts. You can find more information and register at http://www.cor.org/li2010. Here are a few things you can do right now:
- Like Leadership Institute on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rezleadershipinstitute
- Follow Leadership Institute on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rezleadership
- Use #li2010 when tweeting about Leadership Institute 2010.
On Wednesday, January 13 at 12:00 noon central time, Resurrection Online will host our first midweek experience at http://live.cor.org.
At The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, we are in the middle of a worship series in which we hope to experience Jesus Christ using the gospel according to Luke as our guide. Pastor Adam Hamilton will present additional teaching and information tied to the theme from this past weekend. The theme for this week is the Kingdom of God.
Will you join Resurrection Online tomorrow? You can find out more and RSVP via Twitter at: http://act.ly/E3v
I am taking a blogging hiatus for the rest of the week.
I will be traveling to a Kansas West residency event in the first part of the week and to visit Nicole’s family of origin in North Carolina in the latter part of the week.
In the meantime, I am looking for your guidance.
What would be most helpful for you in future blog posts?
Email me at andrew dot conard at cor dot org with “Blog Idea” in the subject line or leave your comments below. I am ready to hear from you.
Thursday and Friday of last week I was part of a gathering of 10 young adult leaders to discern best practices for supporting young clergy in the UMC. This grew out of conversations that began at the UMC Young Clergy Facebook group, video documentary on young clergy and the umc young clergy website.
We named issues of isolation / community and leadership development / mentoring as top concerns among young clergy. If you are interested, you can check out the live blogged event. But this gathering was not just about talk, we are going to do something about it and you are invited.
I am on the team that is working around building community among young clergy facilitated by online resources.
- What ideas do you have that could help build community online?
- What services / sites do you actually use on a regular basis?
My previous posts on this subject:
I invite you to Justice Jam 2009 this Saturday. This is a benefit event for Love146. From their website:
The trafficking and rape of children for profit is one of the darkest stories on the planet. This physical, mental and emotional trauma leaves children broken and scarred for life. Interventions for these children are critical to their survival. This is why Love146 exists.
You can check out the Facebook Event or visit the website at http://www.justicejam.com/.