Connection – It is great to reconnect with both congregants and staff at the church, as well as colleagues from across the conference and around the connection.
Remembering – Nicole and I began our life as a married couple serving as associate pastors. They were formative years in discovering how to be a couple and how to be a pastor.
Time Away – I am able to rest in the reality that, even for just a few moments, someone else is tending to all the details at church.
Inspiration – The speakers and workshops are excellent. They help stretch my mind beyond what is to what might be.
Being Present – It is good to be around a big group of people that are committed to making progress in their local church – wherever that may be. There is a tangible sense that we are all about God’s work in the mission field.
I realized this year that it has become a bit of a pilgrimage for me and I am glad for the opportunity to return.
I am part of a team from First United Methodist Church in El Dorado, KS attending Leadership Institute 2012. I collected Twitter updates tagged with #li2012. Then I used Wordle to create word clouds with the text of updates during the conference. I edited out Twitter usernames, RT and #li2012 to get a better view of the conversation. I hope that you enjoy the results!
You can find the raw data of Twitter updates tagged with #li2012 at http://j.mp/VvLjlU. Feel free to use these updates and World to create your own word clouds.
You can download the full size images using the links below:
Yesterday, I led a workshop at Leadership Institute – Worship Online: What We’ve Learned in Three Years. Having transitioned my job responsibility to serve as Associate Pastor at Resurrection West on August 15, this was my final official role with Resurrection Online. You can see the presentation here:
I felt great about the presentation. I was able to share the thought, theological reflection and strategic decisions that had been made over the past three years that culminated in the decision to understand Resurrection Online as a worship venue of our Leawood campus and not as a campus where people would go to worship, grow, give, serve and find community. My friend Ben Simpson, asked if I would guest post about what I learned as Pastor of Resurrection Online. I hope to write this post soon, so to read some great writing (and my guest post at some time in the future, I commend http://www.benjaminasimpson.com to you.
It was a good finale. With the completion of that workshop, I feel that I was able to end well and close my time with Resurrection Online.
I love these days. There is something that is powerful when there are hundreds of leaders from across the denomination that at some level are seeking the same thing – new life in their congregation and community. Personally, it is fun to see colleagues and peers who I know from seminary, social media or the annual conference.
If you are at Leadership Institute this year or have been in the past, what did you find to be most helpful about the experience?
Why: Collegiality, mutual encouragement, and hear stories of God‘s work
I will be there on Thursday morning and hope that you can make it. I am leading a pre-institute session in the afternoon, but I encourage you to continue to hang out through the afternoon and into the evening.
I am excited about the Leadership Institute 2010, October 7 and 8 in Leawood, KS. I am going to be presenting a workshop on social media strategy and partnering with Clif Guy, Director of IT to lead a pre-institute about online ministry. Here are the descriptions of the workshops that I will be leading. Will you join me in these sessions? More online at http://www.cor.org/li2010.
Workshop, Session 2 – Social Media Strategy 101
Should the pastor of a church have a blog? Why would my church want to use Twitter or Facebook? In this session, we will consider the purpose of social media and how it might be leveraged to build community and make ministry happen in your local church.
Pre-Institute, Afternoon Session – From the Church Website to Online Ministry
The Internet now enables more ways of reaching, engaging, and connecting people than ever before. Led by the pastor of Resurrection Online and Resurrection’s IT Director, this pre-Institute workshop will cover the basics of church websites; then it will move on to strategies for using streaming video and social media to advance all aspects of your church’s ministry.