I've been quiet on the blog front recently, overtaken by a phenomenal amount of holiday hospitality as we have hosted friends from UK, Canada, Australia and USA in a solid (but happy) sequence. But there is another reason for my quietness - I have been desperately working to three deadlines.
First, to complete Module 7 (with 3 chapters) of the resource book for A New Kind of Ministry. Only one more module remains....but then the task of re-editing and including stories from the field begins.
Second, a Doctor of Ministry Workshop Day back at Spurgeon's College on Sept. 21st. Two years ago I had the delight of being appointed Distinguished Visiting Scholar which blissfully involved me in nothing until now! But my first duty has arrived. It's a good one because there are few occasions more stretching than reflecting with practitioners about where theology is meshing with their ministry practice Of course, I shall hope to turn some of my sessions towards enriching my own work for my further deadline....which is:
On October 1st. we hold our second annual FORUM for the New Kind of Preacher at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. This year we are developing one of the program's main themes - collaboration. Several people will be speaking, including a pastor for whom collaboration is central to his ministry practice. For both my sessions I have dared to involve a good friend of mine, Bill Suriano, who is a trial lawyer in Chicago. Collaboration requires the give-and-take of people who take each other seriously in pursuing a common goal. In the past Bill (and his wife Dawneen) have been wonderfully warm, direct and insightful in partnering me in both preaching and writing. I am expecting him to tell the forum just what it's like to collaborate from the pew-side.
Time for registration is nearly concluded....hopefully last minute participants can squeeze in. For kind friends who follow my happenings thank you for praying for these two events. I'll let you know more later.