- Would Wesley create itineracy today? Read more at United Methodist Ordination – Pt. 2.
- A potent reminder at Forgive & Forget.
- I sometimes forget – Wherever You Are…Be Fully There.
- Park Launches a New Media Player – I appreciate both the design and willingness to share.
- Any churches have a community manager? I am intrigued by Fire Your Marketing Manager and Hire a Community Manager.
- Quality reflections at 5 Years of Service :: Institute 2010 :: God’s All Stars.
- Echo Conference :: Day 2 Notes are the second set of beautiful notes on what looks to be a great conference
- I am excited for the series of posts about The Methodist Class Meeting for the 21st Century.
- My first view of a moving video at Friday Inspiration for July 30, 2010.
- For a great look at social marketing, check out The Story of a Church Making the Impossible, Possible.
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.
Institute is an institution with the good and the bad that it brings. There are rich traditions and a history that brings the past to light and looks to the future. Many of the adult leaders at camp this summer remember an experience of the very same camp when they were young. One of the pastors among the adult leaders remembers feeling first called to ministry in the very place where we had morning worship during the week. However, the rich history has the side effect of narrowing the vision of what could be possible for a camp among the high school students of the Kansas East Conference. There are some practices that are clearly leftovers from time gone by and while faithful have ceased to be relevant.
What about in your local church? How has the past shaped who the community is today? In what ways does the history shape both the present and the future?
I have received this comment more than once in my time serving as a pastor at Resurrection. It makes me wonder…
What does the individual think of me as a pastor now?
When does the transition from “will be” to “are” happen?
Does this have to do primarily or exclusively with my age? (27)
Is there any other way to respond other than with, “Thank you”?
- Whatever Happened to Wesley’s Explanatory Notes? Great question from Kevin Watson.
- How would you define what’s necessary for a group to become a church? Another great question, this time from Tony Steward.
- Ben Simpson compiles some well written thoughts on the times in which we live at Thoughts… Assessing our Time…
- My Path to Me is a reminder from Craig Groeschel.
- Michael reminds us that Jesus said, I Will Build My…
- New to the public blogosphere – David Livingston has a great post on The fall and rise of denominations.
- Does the church use Old marketing with new tools? Seth Godin has some great thoughts on how to use technology to increase personal contact.
- Counting Birds from Brian Jackson is a great reminder of balance
- Nikki Alexander shares thoughts on Sync Issues.
- Check out two articles on video venues and multiple campuses: