Tuesday, August 15, 2006


I think I'll have a couple of days to unwind. I've been on the go pretty much since last Thursday and I'm feeling like I need a little break to refill my tank.

Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday I attended a leadership summit conference with about seve others from my church. This is an event held every year, but it's the first time I have attended. It is telecast live from the Chicago area (forget the exact name of the place) and is put on by the Willow Creek people (Bill Hybels is the 'famous' pastor).

There were three speakers that I really enjoyed the most - Bill Hybels (I think that's how his last name is spelled), James Meeks, and Wayne Cordeiro. They all spoke with regard to church type leadership, and this really got me motivated and inspired. The other speakers were mostly the 'business' type leaders who apply leadership in business principles to church. Those didn't speak to me so much.

They also had an interview with Bono from U2, though it was prerecorded and not live like I had assumed it was. No biggie though. It was interesting, though it wasn't really leadership geard; it was of a more mission type focus. It was good though.

Saturday afternoon, Sunday and all day today I got together with Kristina to work on stuff for the kids mid week program that we both coordinate together. There is still quite a bit of work to be done, but we now have a name, key verse, motto, and logo. We also got together with a couple of the leaders - well really one leader and one who has experience in picking curricula(only 2 people showed up which was disappointing, though God brought the ones that we needed to help us make some decisions and choices - we see them as key people). We were able to finally choose the curriculum for the program, and now we need to get some people in place and what not. Like I said, there is still a lot of work left to be done.

So, if you don't mind, I would appreciate if you'd pray for Kristina and I as we continue getting things put into place, making phone calls, meeting with the pastor, and all that is involved with directing the program. This is the first time for both of us doing anything like this, and we could both certainly use your prayers.


Joe said...

We will pray for both you and Kristina.

Maggie Ann said...

Hi Shelley, sounds like you've been busy! Hoping everything works out to be just what you need. 2 people showing up sounds like the way it is nowadays... don't be discouraged though...blessings to you!

What's my Mission said...

hey, who said i needed prayer... i can do it all on my own... Yeah Right... Thanks Shelley... bringing on the prayer coverage... Good idea. Gotta keep the enemy at bay.

Jennifer said...

Wow, Bill Hybels himself? He's like a demagod or something! Glad that you are busy in a good way. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate!

David said...

shelley, i will pray for the two of you.

Jayleigh said...

Praying for you, sweet friend!

franky said...

Hey Shell,

I'm definitely praying for you and Krissy, and I'm here if you ever need me you know that. Sometimes I get headaches or things come up. But I am interested in helping you guys out as much a possible. I'm also sure that God realizes that sometimes friends will fail you :( but He is always there. If the conference didn't tell you that, then it should have. Love ya and ttyl

Pooch said...

Shelley, Your personal study to prepare for this calling is a wise one indeed. You and your partner bring a fresh perspective to this task without even knowing it. You will bless the children and adults. We never know how wide the circle spreads when we touch the lives of children. Be blessed.

rufth said...

oooh, bill hybels! i have alot of his books. =)

sounds like your program is definately a feat of faith. any ministry demands faith and dependence on God. may God bless you two as you labor for Him! =)