It will help discern their mission, and reach out with the joy of the Gospel, in order to fulfill their mission for Christ and the Church. Advent Here Comes Jesus. Daily Scripture Reading and Prayer for a deeper faith in Christ and spiritual formation. Three Books on Springs of Living Water. In response to the need of pastors and church leaders to have courses in church renewal, the Springs of Living Water Academy of Church Renewal is being launched. The academy is designed to teach courses as in seminary so pastors and church leaders gain an overview of the Springs church renewal process.
The vision is that the academy will be rooted in the local congregation with the pastor or minister having a local team of interested persons walking along to share about what church renewal can mean. This team of persons, more if desired, should be persons who have a vital interest in renewal. They can participate in spiritual disciplines using a spiritual disciplines folder and will have short articles to read.
The pastor or minister can meet with them for discussion on topics covered in the class. All this makes the class very practical and very exciting. The four sections of the book are organized under four dynamics of church renewal, thirst, encounter, transformation and mission from the woman at the well in John 4. This course covers how a congregation can engage in a seven fold renewal process to address the thirst for renewal seen in the life cycle of a church. Feeling the thirst for a deeper spiritual walk, the congregation can encounter Christ through daily spiritual disciplines.
And they embark on a spiritual journey of renewal using servant leadership modeled by Jesus using a seven fold process. Looking into transformation, the course explores 5 or 6 congregational gatherings which help the church build on its strengths, learn how persons can spiritually touch one another, and discern their core values. Out of discerning a key Biblical passage, together they discern a vision and plan and then a step by step process of implementing units of renewal as they head out in mission.
One example is a congregation that trained and sent out teams of visitors to their community on a trolley. In the course of another, the youth served the board dinner and is assisting in the Sunday School and worship. This course has a detailed syllabus with Learning Objectives, Roger Mager , which participants review and localize to their setting.
Pastors who take the classes recommend reading the books before the classes. Each session will lift up selected reading for the five, two hour phone conference calls when everyone can participate in the discussion. Between each session, the instructor David Young makes a shepherding call to each pastor as they localize learnings to their setting. A follow-up paper is written reflecting both course content and application in a local session for ministry.
All sessions are recorded. The course trains pastors in how to lead renewal in their church and includes a session on five roles of a renewal pastor as they help their church discern and implement their unique mission. The devotional reading used is Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer which is a wonderful classic on the meaning of the church as Christian community.
Also we look into discipling and growing in Christian discipleship.
A bi-vocational emphasis is in the making. Participants work with a team walking along as they look at practical implementation of renewal in their congregation. After each of the five 2 hour sessions over the phone, a shepherding call is made by David Young The follow-up paper pulls together their learnings that would be practical for their setting. Further Information on the Academies: For the long term, an exciting aspect of the academy is that participants can grow spiritually by engaging in spiritual disciplines with spiritual disciplines folders.
This brings personal spiritual growth for leaders basic to congregational renewal and helps them learn the possibilities of using this tool for individual and congregational growth. And then they can help the entire congregation in the renewal process to discover where God is leading and implement units of renewal using the whole church. This same kind of growth happens for the persons walking along. Along with this there are conversations with the pastor during this period of time. Often the team gets so excited that they are ready to begin the first or next steps of renewal for their congregation.
In the long term, facilitated by a renewal team, the folders are used by the entire congregation and can be coordinated with the Sunday morning message. Classes on spiritual disciplines can be held for children, youth and adults, making this a life long journey of a vital, dynamic faith. Churches may decide to use the folders as a first step in answering the spiritual thirst given of God. And building on the spiritual disciplines, the church has renewed spiritual energy to implement vital ministries.
And then through a process of discernment, the congregation may decide to enter into a full Springs initiative in their local church to take the next steps in new life where they feel God is leading them. Along with the resources already listed there is The Springs of Living Water! Notebook which is a loose leaf download of nearly 50 pages to specifically implement each step of the path to new life. This resource is listed under Section IV below. He completed a Doctor of Ministry program in church renewal from Bethany Theological Seminary where the pastor had to implement four units of renewal in concert with their congregation and write a journal article.
One of the learning units after that was taking two intensives in preaching, including Master Preaching. David began his seminary teaching in intensives for pastors and lay leaders in which became the basis for the three books on church renewal. With doubling of class size, the president of Eastern, the American Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia, encouraged him to go to Princeton Theological Seminary where under Richard Stoll Armstrong, he completed his first book.
David participated in three Greenleaf Academies of Servant Leadership which became the model for the Springs Academies. Less and less relevant. For women. For immigrants. For the underpaid.
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Do you want more butter? Does that need to be heated up? Over the weekend my husband and I went out for brunch—with our grown kids—where we were seated near two different tables, each holding a mother and a young son and no one else. At the table closest to us, the mother had a fruit cup and her child had waffles or pancakes or french toast one of those. At the other table, it was the child who had the fruit cup while the mother had yogurt with granola.
I noticed this and something else when I passed their tables on my way to the bathroom. My favorite scene illustrating this parental gender differential is one that takes place at the dinner table with the Incredibles. For years, I dropped this phrase on my husband:. Our own kids were device free in the world and maybe that had been a mistake.
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Maybe I would have been more relaxed if they were more fully occupied without my attention. The first was the morning that we arrived to the Butterfly Museum before it opened. I had tea and he had waffles. I remember being in Japan for work and dining at a traditional restaurant where no one spoke any English and I was served a breakfast on a tray with a dozen ceramic dishes of mostly unrecognizable foods without any directions on how to use or not use the accompanying condiments. I took cues from the small children at the table across from mine, toddlers really, thinking it more acceptable to stare at them then at a table with only adults.
They ate, like everyone else in the restaurant, almost silently, without a fuss, tasting everything on the tray, for a meal that lasted as long as a fancy dinner might. Maybe Casey was right. Maybe that other mom was missing out. Maybe she was on the road and needed a break. Both mothers and sons seemed to enjoy a relaxing meal.
I admired each of them and was grateful to be eating with grownups. He insisted he needed all the pieces to the yellow house in order to continue and proceeded to handle every piece in the box in search of more yellow house pieces. From time to time I looked over at his work, and annoyed, ran my hand randomly through the box, and found more yellow house pieces instantaneously than he did with his methodical sorting. He told me to stick to the barn i was building.
Over the weekend my husband and I went out for brunch—with our grown kids—and we were seated near two different tables, each holding a mother and a young son and no one else. It was adorable. I noticed this and something else on my way to the bathroom. My favorite scene about this parental gender differential is one that takes place at the dinner table with the Incredibles.
Maybe this was her only quiet moment of the day. Our own kids were device free and maybe that had been a mistake.
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