Just got back from our 24 hour Woodgreen Elders' Advance (we don't do 'retreats' in Christian ministry - God's kingdom is always advancing!).
We stayed in the Elim Conference Centre, which is attached to Regents Theological College in Malvern. It was the first time we have used this centre and I think it's safe to say we will be using it again! Not only did we have the dramatic backdrop of the Malverns to inspire us, we also enjoyed wonderful hospitality and accomodation. It was a blessed time together.
Trevor Archer, FIEC's Training Director joined us to lead two sessions this morning on 'Practical Spiritual Oversight'. He led us in discussion of a number of passages from 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and 1 and 2 Thessalonians, helping us to think through our primary calling as Christian leaders to be both disciples and disciple-makers. It was really helpful to concentrate on our core mission as a church, that we need to be modelling as Elders.
Our MISSION is to make disciples who understand our culture and know, sow and show Jesus in Warndon Villages, Worcester and the World.
Needless to say, we have been left with a lot to work through over the next few weeks!
On a relational level, it was wonderful to be away together with a bunch of godly guys who care deeply for the flock at Woodgreen and are willing to work hard as a band of brothers to further the gospel. We had some wonderful times of prayer as well as some fun and laughter as well!
Ultimately, we came back to the truth that we are broken, flawed men, leading broken, flawed people, but we have an all sufficient Saviour! Please pray for us as we seek to work through the key lessons God has taught us together.
Here are a few snaps to help you get a feel for our time away...
The coffee lounge in which we met.
Trevor Archer, who led our sessions.
The view from our lounge window!
Our meeting room is the top room.
Healthy eating for dinner...not! (Well, apart from Noel who had a salad)
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