Vacation Day 4: Arrive at the Lake


Vacation Day 4: Arrive at the Lake


It’s a gorgeous summer evening here on the deck.  For tonight and tomorrow I’ll be preparing some stuff for my friends when they start arriving on Wednesday.  I’ve been praying for each one.  During the “Emerging Church Camping Trip” last summer we had very little structure.  Jer led us in some contemplative worship times and the rest was free wheeling conversation.  This year I hope that we can bear some burdens, even if they are just minor ones.  I hope and pray we will have time of healing as well as rest. 

I really like it up here.  I also like that I’m not doing any more homework. 🙂

On the way up I was thinking about a project I could work on.  Someone did some doctoral work on church leavers which was really good.  I wonder if someone has done something similar for pastors who leave the ministry.  If someone has done such work I’d really like to read it as I’ve been thinking about this issue for some time.  If the church is going to recover in Canada, its leaders have to survive the first 3 years. 

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