Transitions are never easy. In ministry, a good deal of time is spent trying to get to know people and win them over. Priests must earn the right to be heard today, as much as any other leader. Thus, winning trust and building relationship capital are my top priorities for this next season.
Splanchna is a Greek term used often in the New Testament to describe the “guts” of Jesus. (For a PDF of references, click here - thanks to Faye Darnall for this). It’s used in the context of: “Jesus was moved with compassion for them.” The conference was held in Madison, WI (where EC is based) and was attended by twenty or so ministry leaders from mostly around the Midwest.
As you know from my interview with Jason Simon, EC’s executive director, I'm a big fan. Last summer’s training conference (ETC) was extremely helpful and has really influenced my spiritual, intellectual and ministry course over that past year or so. EC is leading the charge in training disciple-forming disciples and helping Catholics form a missional culture. For faith leaders eager to learn more about effectively advancing the Kingdom and reaching the lost, EC is one of the best things going. I hope to say more later.
Two summers ago, I brought my nephew and served as chaplain for this outdoor education/Catholic youth evangelization camp in the Colorado Rockies. I was energized by the creativity and love I encountered. I fell in love with this camp and its mission!
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CW does four week-long sessions a summer, two each for middle school and high school. I chaplained the middle-school boys session. Sixty kids are divided in groups of ten, each named after a saint. Two counselors oversee each group, allowing for personal mentoring and accompaniment. Activities engage the whole person and serve as metaphors for the Christian life.
The camp is thoroughly faithful to its John 10:10-based mission of realizing the fullness of life in Christ. Sessions are led by an amazing staff of thirty college-aged counselors (chosen from over 400 applicants). I LOVE this camp and have never seen anything like it. Serving as chaplain is a highlight of my year. (For more, check out my interview with founder Annie Powell).
I’ve shared some signs of life from my journey this summer --
What are some signs from yours?