I’m at Camp Wonderland through Sunday.  Got here nine days ago for CBLI and tomorrow morning we will meet for the final time of the Urban Mission Workshop.

It’s been great.  A wide range of representation from around the Midwest.  No one is shy; lots of discussion and laughter.  So I think it’s going well.  17 campers now joined by Howard Olver with Brian Seim from Toronto.

Howard is leading us in the final set of workshops.  Yesterday he presented a theology for urban ministry.  Today, Ten Paradigm Shifts Toward Community Transformation:  How Churches Are Impacting Their Communities with the Good Deeds and Good News of the Gospel (with thanks to Rick Swanson of the Leadership Network).  I think you may be able to figure out a lot of what Howard meant:

  1. From building walls to building bridges
  2. From measuring attendance to measuring impact
  3. From encouraging the saints to attend worship to equipping the saints for works of service
  4. From ‘serve us’ to service, from inward to outward focus
  5. From duplication of human services and ministries to partnering with
    existing services and ministries
  6. From fellowship to functional unity
  7. From condemning the city to blessing the city and praying for it 
  8. From being a minister in a congregation to being a minister in a parish
  9. From anecdote and speculation to valid information
  10. From teacher to learner