Midwinter 2007: back in the nest
Each year I dread the amount of time and energy it takes to go the the Covenant Midwinter Conference. It's so inconvenient. There is so much to do around the church. The costs take a bite out of the budget. But...I get to see my son, my brother, my best friend and a whole bunch of other friends and colleagues over the years.
This year I heard Chap Clark speak on the challenge of Student Ministry to the growing spread of the population called adolescent: 12-25 years old. He is an author worth reading and speaker well worth listening to. I enjoy Matt Luundgren and his high-energy worship band, singing fluently in Spanish and English (which reinforces my decision to take Spanish classes). I get so much out of the Youth Workers Connection, maybe because Luke is with me, but also because I draw on their energy.
As I'm writing this in the lobby of the Adam's Mark Hotel, Donnn Engebretsen stopped on his way through to chat with me (we skiied together at Breckenridge on Saturday with a bus load of youth pastors...talk about energy!!). He sends grreetings to you all, though he is not blogging yet (but I told him he really should) You readers should send words of encouragement to Donn and Glenn Palmberg to start blogging so we can visit with them regularly. I just visited with another Superintendent and I asked him if he blogged. "No, I don't do that stuff..don't have time. The Conference has a web site, but I don't have time to blog." What a poor answer!
The next generation of leaders need to get their ideas and presence out there on the web so that those who cannot afford to attend Midwinters and can't be part of the face-to-face circle, can participate. Maybe refusing to blog is a form of reverse elitism. If blogging is easy and it makes me accessible, then refusing to blog keeps me aloof and removed, hard to get to and unwilling to engage in open dialogue.