Seasons of Work and Rest: Senior Staff Retreat (3 of 4)

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The conversation around the  Call to Action: Reordering the Life of the UMC and the subsequent UMC Leadership Summit, as well as the conversation in Kansas and Nebraska about Great Plans for the Great Plains: A Vision (PDF Link), I have been reflecting on the time that I spent on the spring senior staff retreat at Resurrection in which we read together, Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results.

It is important to attend to seasons of work and rest. I am aware of this across the course of a year. As a pastor, there are seasons of the year when I will work many more hours in a week than others, for example – Easter and Christmas Eve. I have become better at paying attention to these ebbs and flows. What I realized on this retreat is that this is true across the course of a week and a day as well.

In a week, there will be days when work is more and less intense.

In a day, there will be hours when work is more and less intense.

From your experience, have you found this to be true? I would be interested to hear more – yes or no.

Faith Like a Deciduous Tree (2 of 4)

As the winter has turned to spring in Kansas, I have been reflecting on faith and its comparison to various things in nature. This is the second in a series of posts on this topic.

A deciduous tree is always somewhere in a cycle with its leaves: budding, green, browning, losing and bare. This type of faith would be somewhere in a cycle: growth, vibrancy, losing luster and barren. While a deciduous tree goes through the seasons in a year, this type of faith could cycle much more often or perhaps over a series of years. Like the evergreen tree there would be periods of growth and dormancy, however they would be more noticeable on the outside. Any disease or pests become evident when the leaves begin to turn brown. Questions about faith or times of spiritual discontent would be evident sooner than later. A catastrophic event could completely uproot this tree (or faith) and leave it without roots to die.

Would you like to have faith like a deciduous tree?

What else would you add to this simile?