Attending this conference is like drinking from a fire hydrant for your brain. I come away overwhelmed with new ideas, encouraged by old and new friends, refreshed in my spirit, and charged up to face the world at home that awaits me. No matter who you are and where you are from, this is a safe week in your life because you are among people who get you. We all have unique personalities as artists and it's OK to be "quirky" here. The draw of the week is the coming away from everyday life and being in community with like-minded people.
Randy Elrod (conference leader) led a session for the 1st time at Recreate. Here are some thoughts I gleaned from that session...
- We need real people who are physically present in our lives. Technology is great (social networking), but we need to be where we are.
- A person of influence is someone who makes you feel better when you leave their presence.
- "It not just about life and art. It's about the ripple effect."
- We view suffering in our culture as if we have done something wrong.
Ian Cron led a beautiful communion service for all of us. It was so refreshing to be a part of this and not have to plan it or play for it. He incorporated liturgy and as well as songs of response written at his church...it was one of the most beautiful experiences I have had in worship. I attached some pics of the table.
Anne Jackson led our last session on Thursday. She recently published a book entitled Mad Church Disease that discusses burnout in our churches today (it's on my list to read!) Here are some thoughts I gleaned from her...
- Is serving in my current church role interfering with my communion with Christ?
- The only way to fulfill our purpose with people is with a sincere relationship with God. Apart from God, we can do nothing.
- Am I living with integrity in my conscience?
- it is not my job to be my provision - it is God's job!
I need some time to process alot of what I heard and experienced and I look forward to sharing that over the next few weeks.