and I don’t mean tens, twenties, or hundreds. *grin*
This morning, I get to head to London, to work with the rest of the Staff Support Committee of London Conference. This is a really interesting group of people with whom to work. Most of them are, like me, past presidents of the Conference. That has given us a similar place to get to know and work with the various staff members. Our conference is in a major transition time, with one staff change just having taken place – and two more coming up next summer. Just so you get a picture – that’s half the staff changing.
This afternoon, I’m meeting with a group of people from four conferences – Conference Personnel Ministers and people from a couple of our education centres – to explore possibilities around the development of peer support/supervision groups for ministry personnel. (My doctoral work is actually getting some use – woohoo!)
Then, tonight, I get to meet with the search committee of Thames-Road Elimville United Church. Presbytery approved their Joint Needs Assessment Report last week… so they’re ready to get moving on the search process. This is a *really* exciting gathering. During the Needs Assessment committee time, there was a lot of discussion about looking for a minister who was good with “youth”. There aren’t any “youth” in their geographic area. (I got them to do a count – its a rural area, where people know most of their neighbours.) There are, however, a huge number of young families – just married, or just starting to have children. When they realized that, they decided that what they were looking for was a minister who had gifts and skills in helping the church to introduce itself to these young families… and invite the families to be a part.
Cool day, eh?