Speedlinking – August 27, 2010

Mayo Clinic - Gonda Building
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Institute: Prayer Squares (2 of 5)

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:

  1. Choose a strip of cloth from the cross as a part of morning worship.
  2. Write your name on the square and carry it with you throughout the day.
  3. Return the strip of cloth to the cross as a part of evening worship.
  4. Repeat the next day and continue to be in prayer for all those whose names are written on the cloth.
  5. 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?

Blogging Break – Zimbabwe

Nicole and I are flying tomorrow to Zimbabwe. I will be away from internet access for a while and will take a break from blogging in the interim. I am looking forward to sharing more after our return from the trip on February 9. Will you please pray for safety, health, God’s vision and direction for us while we are away?

6 Powerful Words

I have been praying for you.

These are powerful words.

One of my friends, Ryan, said them to me this week. He indicated that he had specifically been praying for me throughout the month of July.

July was a month of surprises and transitions for me, but I had been able to respond in ways that surprised others and even myself. I had attributed it to catching up and having some extra time in my schedule after the end of clinical pastoral education and vacation. This may be partially true, but I believe that my friend’s prayers were foundational to the goodness in the month of July.

Sometimes people ask, “What would be helpful for you?” My most common response is, “Pray for God’s will to be done in my life and that I might be about God’s work and let me know that you are praying.”

Thanks, Ryan.

Young Adult Clergy Booth at Kansas West Annual Conference

Last week, I was part of the Kansas West Annual Conference. It was a great conference. I tried a new thing and reserved a booth for young clergy. This had several positive outcomes, including:

  • Gathered a (perhaps) comprehensive list of young adult clergy within the annual conference
  • Increased awareness of young adults in ministry in the conference
  • Created space to share words of wisdom about ministry
  • Created space to share dreams for the denomination
  • Shared information about 40 Days of Prayer and Exploration 2009

I felt that it was a significant step in encouraging young people in ministry within Kansas West.

Thanks to Jeff Slater for the photos!

Speedlinking – May 6, 2009

40 Days of Prayer for the UMC

I am excited about the upcoming 40 Days of Prayer for the United Methodist Church. This idea was first mentioned by Ben Simpson in An Open Letter to Young United Methodist Leaders. I am excited about this movement because I believe that it will:

  • Bring clarity of God’s vision for individuals and communities
  • Be a common effort that will lead to different types of renewal in different places across the denomination.
  • Become a catalyst for a movement of young leaders in the UMC across the nation
  • Help me to be more intentional about prayer for leaders in the denomination.

Check out www.umcyoungclergy.com today and Click on ‘Prayer’ to find more information.

I am looking forward to this time of prayer to shaping my vision for the United Methodist Church.

Will you join me in prayer?