Ministry Colleagues: The first of seven Congregational Champions Retreats for this fall was held this week in Richmond, VA with eight people present. It included people who are pastors, executive pastors, intentional interim ministers, and regional denominational staff persons. It was a great experience!
I learned how to modify the retreat agenda so I can make the experience even better for the next five that will take place in my home in Columbia, SC, and then the last one for this fall that will take place in Sarasota, FL. As is typical of my style, I had too much material to cover. It is hard to decide what to leave out. Everyone seemed to want everything I offered to them--and more!
As I requested earlier this week, I ask you to pray for each of these retreats. The date for the next one is Tuesday through Thursday, September 13th-15th. The others are September 27th-29th, October 11th-13th, October 25th-27th, November 15th-17th, and December 6th-7th [Sarasota, FL]. Check out www.CongregationalChampions.info for details on these. I am already projecting 2017 dates.
The idea is to accelerate the learning of third-party providers to congregations so that they might be part of God's empowerment of congregations to help them reach their full Kingdom potential or what I call FaithSoaring Churches.
One of the things I am doing at these retreats with the urging of a ministry colleague is to using a voice to transcribing dictation system that creates a relatively complete transcription of everything I say. The effort this week resulted in a transcription that is 68 pages long, single-spaced, and has 50,000 words. Ultimately it may be a handbook for Congregational Champions. We will have to see later.