Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ancona Team Retreat - Day 3

Well, we're done. After three straight days of meetings with very few breaks, we emerged tired, yes, but united, excited and ready for action. I'll be sharing with you in the next few days some of the results of our conversations including our reworded vision statement, our primary purpose for the next 5 months, our 6 primary objectives which will get us there and some explanations of some of the changes.

One of my favorite things about the retreat was the emergence of the primacy of prayer - more than just a value or a 'we should because we're Christians' there seems to be a passion for it and a commitment to make it central to everything we are and do: in practice, in teaching, personally, corporately, in discipleship and in evangelism.

I am very proud of our team for being willing to be very honest and transparent, willing to sacrifice and share for the furthering of the church here. For all of your prayers and encouragement, thank you! If I can now ask you to pray for our team as we take the next step, which is to, together, turn these conversations into goals. Please pray for wisdom, unity and above all, protection as we all sense that Satan, he who would keep everyone from getting any closer to Christ, is not pleased with our progress.

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