Thursday, January 6, 2011
I am getting ready with last minute details for a pastoral immersion into the Houston church scene. This is an annual event that we do with the Beeson Pastor students in the Doctor of Ministry program at Asbury Theological Seminary. It is always a deep learning experience that is filled with adventure.
This year we will have 18 participants from all across the world and around the nation. We have folks from Tanzania, Romania, Singapore, a Damascus missionary, a Costa Rica based missionary, along with highly effective pastors from around the United States. It will be a wonderful team.
We will be visiting effective growing congregations, exploring new church plants, engaging with outstanding ethnic ministries, and discovering the world of church vision consultants. We will worship in a ministry that is focused on recovery from chemical dependency on Saturday evening. Sunday will find us in worship in the largest church in the nation, then to an inner city worship service that is focused on the homeless, then off to an emerging church ministry that creates outstanding outreach for young adults. In between we will discover large church leadership and structure. We close with a look at the missional lifestyle of a wonderful pastoral spouse team who are making a major impact on the most difficult section of Houston.
I invite your prayers and look forward to sharing more about the expereince in days to come.