Vision Team Blog

Monday, May 29, 2006

Spiritual Disciplines Retreat

Hey guys. Here's our group picture from the retreat. I had a great time with all of you. Thanks for being there and being open to letting the Lord speak to and through you this weekend.

Friday, May 19, 2006

The Shaping of Things to Come

Hey guys,

Thanks for the great discussion last night. I appreciate the way you guys were engaged and contributed to my explanation of the differences between an Attractional-Dualistic-Individualistic church and a Missional-Wholistic-Communal (and Food-al!) church. A lot of the ideas came from the book that I mentioned, The Shaping of Things to Come. I'd encourage you guys to pick up your own copy and start reading through it. In fact, it might be a good book for us to discuss together next.

I'll post a summary of my notes and our discussion sometime soon so you all can review and comment more on what we talked about.

See you tomorrow!


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Vision Team Retreat

If my followers remain silent even these stones would cry out. ~ Luke 19:40

Dear Vision Team,

I hope you're as excited as I am for our Via Christus Vision Team Retreat. The retreat is Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29.

The theme of the weekend is Teaching a Stone to Talk: Finding Your Spiritual Voice. We will be discovering together the unique ways that God has designed each of us to praise and worship him. We will be exploring spiritual disciplines and ancient spiritual practices as helps in finding the specific ways that you personally communicate best with God. There will be times for solitude and silence, sharing, journaling, creative expression, praying, discussing, playing, and yes, even fasting (which we will all be participating in corporately - with the exception of those who have physical conditions that prevent them from doing so... you know who you are). This is a chance to get away from all the distractions of your usual routine and actually have time to simply sit and listen for God... and then speak back to him from the depths of your heart with your unique spiritual voice. Our goal is that this would be a time for spiritual transformation, that you would leave this weekend, refocused and refreshed, and with tools to continue your spiritual growth beyond the retreat. We also hope that this will be a time for us to bond as friends and co-laborers in this church planting adventure, and to gain a more unified sense of vision for the church.

The retreat is at the Stronghold Conference Center in Oregon, Illinois, approximately 1 1/2 hours northwest of Yorkville. (The address is 1922 N Illinois Route 2. You can use for directions.) You should plan to be there no later than 10:30am on Saturday, May 27th. If you would like to carpool or caravan from Yorkville please contact me as soon as possible. Cost for the retreat is $80/adult and is payable at the retreat (make checks to Via Christus Community Church). However, our expense for the retreat is fixed regardless of how many people come, so please don't let a lack of finances prevent you from attending. Your absence won't save us any money and we'd rather have you there even if you can't pay. You will need to bring your own bedding for the retreat and clothes for three days and two nights. Also, don't forget to bring a Bible. We'll be staying until after lunch on Monday, May 29. If you have any further questions please give me a call (630-742-4062).

I hope you will spend these next week leading up to the retreat in prayerful preparation. If we are willing to soften our hearts and be ready to receive from the Lord I think we will all come away from this retreat changed.

Blessings and Love,


Monday, May 08, 2006

Service Opportunity

If anyone is interested in getting involved in service stuff in Yorkville...
The Friends of the Fox River is holding a river cleanup day on Saturday May 20 in the morning. Click here for more information.