Our retreat went great. I had two core girls go, and they loved it. Ann Haven and Karla's core also had two girls go, so in total we had 8 girls from TWU at camp!!!!! My core girls went back and told the rest of the core how great of a time they had, and the girls are now excited for Winter Camp. We've been announcing that camp since we finished Fall Camp, and I think we are going to have double the girls go to that one.
We built new Question on Display boards, and I think they are turning out perfect. We picked 6 themes, and we found one challenging verse Jesus said about that theme. Then we asked people which was the most challenging. We had people rate which one was the most challenging by placing a button in a jar next to the verse they picked. The boards caused people to have to stop and look at all the verses which kept them around longer. It made it so much easier to talk to them.
The leadership conference was so encouraging. Having all the churches and focus groups together made me see how much God was working. This community started off small with a big vision, and we have expanded so much. It just really made me realize God can do anything with anyone. We just have to be willing to follow. We watched two awesome videos about getting people to catch the vision. One of them was about repetition and how we need to not only repeat it verbally, but also with our actions. He made a great point that if something fails it is because our strategy failed, not our vision that failed. If we really believe our vision is from God, then it can only be refined. The second video talked about how we need to go out and do stuff. He made this analogy between sports and christians. Sports players start out in a huddle, discussing their tactics and plays, but they do this with the sole purpose of playing the game. It would be totally bizarre if the team just stayed in the huddle the whole time, and they never went out to play the game. He made a point that christians often only ever stay in the huddle. We are meant to be players on Gods team, but we never really join the game. As leaders we need to be pushing people out of the huddle.
I wanted to end by just thanking you for making all this happen. None of this ministry would be possible without people who had caught God's vision and believed this community was fulfilling a small part of it. Because people were willing to invest with their time, finances, and prayer into this community, God has been able to work wonders. I'm just so glad I get to see a small amount of the cool things God is doing.:)