Here are my notes from session one of the Leadership Summit 2012, Session #1.
Everyone wins when a leader gets better.
If we are humble, we can learn from anyone.
SOW MORE SEED Luke 8
75% seed rejection ratio in this parable. That’s sobering. Jesus could have picked any stat, but he picked 75% rejection rate. What does that mean? Only 25% of the seeds actually take root and become a flourishing tree.
I just finished out hanging with my friend, Kent Cooper, known as “Coop” to his friends, which includes pretty much everyone. Coop and his wife Myra, run point on Son City Kids, our ministry to elementary age kids in Monroe Circle.
Coop and Myra have lived incarnationally with the kids and their families for seven years. They are perceived as natives, because they have earned that level of trust through countless hours of service and just being present.
Today, Coop was telling me stories about the Son City Kids athletic initiatives and mentioned what he called “The Circle.” This season, at the beginning of each practice, all the kids huddle up around center court in a circle. Coop reminds them each time, “Jesus has big shoulders. He wants to carry your burdens. You’re not alone. You need him more than you need your next breathe. We’re a family. Families carry each others burdens. So, I’ve got ball and I’m gonna pass that ball. When you get it, pass it on. When you get the ball, its your chance to put your burden in the circle. Tell us what is going on. Let Jesus and this family get under it with you.”
Coop is making disciples of Jesus Christ. No one makes disciples without “The Circle.” Disciple-making is a team sport. We all need the Circle. We’ll never become the people God has made us to be without it.
By the way, if you’d like to help the kids and their families, you can by participating in the Monroe Circle Food Drive this weekend. Bring your donations and drop them off before you attend a service. Want to know what to bring? 8 cans, 2 boxes, 1 Bag, 1 Jar! More details here.
“Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.”
The Daily Office from Mission St. Clare
They are off! We’ve got another team headed to India just minutes ago. We’ve sent hundreds of people to India over the years. Our teams are all laser focused in terms of adding value to the churches and communities on the ground in India. We don’t do exposure trips where Americans come to simply see the work and have the illusion of impact. We train our teams to build capacity and skills in the members of the Indian churches and the members of the community the churches are in. We don’t just do “for” them. We focus on working “with” them, equipping them so they can do for themselves.
The team will be focusing on Construction, Conversational English, and Community Meetings.
A slideshow from our week of Sabbath at Hilton Head.
Being here helped me remember how big the sky is, how remote the horizon.
(Photos by the awesome Michelle and Maddie Wegner also included in the mix)
From my journal. Good luck reading the handwriting. I failed penmanship in elementary school.
Prayers Captured in Time and Space
Last Friday night, our family took part in one of the First Look tours of the expanded Atrium and the new natural playground we’re offering as a gift to our community.
Our shared 2016 vision…
Like Monroe Circle Community Center has done for a neighborhood in South Bend and like this remodel will do for Michiana, every location or gathering in our growing GCC network will exist for the unique transformation and elevation of the neighborhood, village, city or region where they are located.
…is being realized.
The highlight of our time was recording our prayers on the floor of the new space. As parents, Michelle and I were so moved by the prayers of our kids.
It’s not too late for you to add your prayer. There are two more tours you can sign up for here. By the way, there’s free urban swirl too. Bonus! Here are the last two tours times:
- Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, July 19, 6:30 p.m.
Here’s our Whitney hanging with the kids from Monroe Circle a couple weeks ago.
This is a picture of what the Kingdom looks like. We’ve been painting that picture alongside our friends in Monroe Circle for almost 10 years now. Thousands of us adding a brushstroke here or there, for the glory of God.
We all have an opportunity to add to the beauty again. How? 8 Cans, 2 boxes, 1 bag, 1 jar!
Let me explain.
Ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it. ’
(Jeremiah 6:16 NASB)
(Photo: The Crags Trail, Divide, CO)
As I reflect on the last year, here is one of my greatest learnings.
The further I move out on mission, the deeper I must go into my identity in Christ. Only our “belovedness” can sustain our “sentness.”
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. Romans 8:15-17 (MSG)
[O] brethren beloved by God, we recognize and know that He has selected (chosen) you; 1 Thessalonians 1:4 AMP
As he saith also in Hosea, I will call that my people, which was not my people; And her beloved, that was not beloved. Romans 9:25 ASV
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6 HCSB
(Picture: Potter’s Inn, Erosion Prayer Station)