While I was reading, Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders (click on the link to read my book review), one of the questions I wanted answered through the book was this one, “What is the best way to empower volunteer leaders?” After all, volunteer leaders are critical to the health of a church and really, any organization that is dependent on volunteers. Personally, instead of merely delegating tasks, I have found that volunteer retention and satisfaction is higher when they are empowered to a role with responsibilities.
Back in 2009, I wrote a post entitled, “Where to go to seminary? A preliminary comparison between seminaries in Canada, the United States, and Korea.”
Since then, a lot of things have changed – especially my outlook regarding seminary and the usefulness of theological education. I touched on that topic briefly in my post, “The Future of Seminary.”
Well, after viewing some activity over those two previous posts, I thought I’d give my view as to where I think the future of seminary education is heading by explaining where I’m at. Namely, why I ditched the M.Div (Masters of Divinity) and am still a pastor.
Here it is…
Together in Prayer: Coming to God in Community by Andrew Wheeler is a great primer that explains what praying in community looks like. The book could probably be summed up in one sentence – pray to God, not to each other. If you want a good overview of everything this book has to offer, read the last chapter of the book. The appendix also has a neat assessment to determine how “prayer-friendly” your group is.
Wheeler is very systematic in unpacking what it looks like to pray in community – explaining both tips that will enhance group prayer as well as prayer practices that will actually hinder it. For example, he explains how we oftentimes direct our prayers at each other, instead of God by instructing, exhorting, sermonizing, counseling, and informing each other through our prayers. Here’s an example, “Father, may people who are far from you come to our church today. They need to hear your Word and realize their need for you, rather than pursuing their own selfish desires. They need to repent and receive Jesus as their Savior, to save them from a Christless eternity. Their lives need your touch; may they stop making excuses and come to meet you today.” Compare that prayer, which is directed more towards people than to God, with the following prayer. [Read more…] about Book Review: Together in Prayer – Coming to God in Community by Andrew Wheeler
My wife just wrote an incredible post that gives a glimpse into our lives. With her permission, I thought I’d put it here 🙂
Oh la! Feels like I haven’t blogged in ages! Our family was blessed with an opportunity to go to Banff on a district-wide prayer conference. It was a wonderful time of relaxing, enjoying nature, and meeting new people. Also, our family needed this time together.
I was talking to someone I had met about our recent journeys of what had brought us to Edmonton. She insisted that I needed to write down things in order to remember everything that God has brought us through. Thus, I started to compile a little list in my head of things I wanted to remember. I ended up realizing that it had to do a lot with numbers. So, here are a few snapshots of some numbers that hold a lot more significance than we realize.
Our Lives In Numbers:
2 – the number of times we have sold almost everything we own in order to follow God’s calling/leading. It really wasn’t easy at all! I have learned that stuff is exactly what it is – “stuff.” It doesn’t define who you are or what you will become if you don’t allow it to. If you hold on too tight to your “stuff,” you will soon find out that it is actually holding tight on to you.
3 – the number of months we have lived in Edmonton; a place to finally call “home.”
– is also the number of weeks we had to leave Korea. That meant selling all of our stuff, getting rid of our lease (which we had signed for a year and if we didn’t find someone to take it over, we would have had to continue paying rent or risk loosing our $10 000 deposit), packing all our remains and saying our goodbyes. In a sense, we lost what we thought was “home,” only to later realize that “home” is where our family is and ultimately in Heaven.
I came across this fascinating TED talk about technology and social networking. If you have 20 minutes to spare, it’s pretty interesting.