I would not be surprised if many out there, especially those who are a part of team of ministry partners, have a sense of ambiguity about what it is that we’re doing out here in Fort Collins, CO for 6 weeks. Here’s a layout of what we’re doing and why we think it’s strategic…
The Leadership Track is a leadership development venue to help senior staff with Campus Crusade grow in all facets of ministry leadership. It’s designed to provide leadership equipping, individual and group coaching and community, and personal and ministry feedback. One of the reasons this is a strategic assignment for us this summer is that serving as a coach in this venue allows me to integrate my seminary degree in Transformational Leadership with my role and leadership within the Campus Ministry.
It’s very fun playing the role of mentor and coach in light of both my staff experience and my education. Overall we really wanted to interact with a broader range of leaders within the ministry at this point in our own development and we have prayed that God would use some of this extended time with organizational leaders and other staff to refresh our vision and motivation in the ministry.
My schedule is as follows: The Leadership Track meets from 8:30 – 12pm every morning to dive into a variety of leadership issues – from spiritual leadership to vision casting to stewardship and results. I meet with 4 guys for 2 hrs. each every week to help them examine their own spiritual leadership and to help them construct personal development plans that will guide them in their development over the coming years. We meet as a small group once a week as well. All in all it’s a full schedule (considering I am finishing my last seminary class right now), but it’s fun. And I’ll sneak away to play softball once or twice a week 🙂
Christine has been planning on taking a class out here and we’re trying to figure out how to make that happen with Morgan. But the Leadership Track has a weekly evening Bible study for wives who are going through the Leadership Track or wives of spouses. She’s really enjoyed connected with other staff women. She’s also been very encouraged to find out that there is a weekly support group for staff mom’s with children with disabilities and she’ll be participating in that this summer as well. Both of those are big felt needs. As far as the class, Christine’s trying to decide whether to take a class on the Psalms or a class on motherhood and ministry.
This past week was catching up with things and getting everything in order as well as getting to know people and for me, getting to know the guys I’m coaching. They’re all great guys hailing from all over (Washington, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Los Angeles). This coming week I’m working to compile and summarize 360 degree feedback for each of them so you can be praying for me and them in this endeavor.
We’re confident that this was where we have needed to be this summer, but we do miss being home.