Thursday of last week I had the privilege to team up with James Bryan Smith and the Apprentice Group for a Pastor's Conference at Friends University. The event was sponsored by the Christian Spiritual Formation Institute (Aprentis) at Friends. We had somewhere around 95 people registered, and an attendance around 80. Dr. Smith presented most of the day, introducing the group to some of the foundational ideas that drive the Apprentice Series. We had two designated periods for break out sessions, and I presented twice on two practices: Counting Your Blessings and Praying the 23rd Psalm.
C.J. Fox, who needs a title at Friends with the word "executive" in it, asked me at the conclusion of the day if I thought the event was worth it, if we could measure an impact from that day. I told him that the true measure of our success will come down the road, in the event that the pastors and church leaders who attended will take the ideas we discussed and put them in to practice. But in the moment, I thought the day went smoothly, it was good to connect with church leaders, and I think we communicated that spiritual formation can bear fruit within the context of local church ministries, and that those of us present in leadership are available to local churches to serve and equip leaders in the work of leading people toward Christ.
It is good to partner with Jim Smith and others at Friends. I'm so grateful for the opportunity. And it was good to connect with church leaders, to pray for those serving in ministry, and be present with others seeking Christ. I'm looking forward to more events like these, and I anticipate seeing what God will do as leaders within the church become more attentive to God, and allow space in their life for the Holy Spirit to bring transformation.