Since I was there for a ministry conference with a packed schedule, I can’t report on anything about Dubuque besides their Best Western (Pro Tip: it’s pretty nice).
My favorite part of the conference–besides spending time with my friend Jan, of course–was the first keynote speaker, Dwight Dubois. His presentation was called “Courage in the Country: Dying to Ourselves for the Sake of the World”, and it focused on equipping people for ministry not only inside the church building but also out in their lives in the world.
This really resonated with me. This summer, just four of the ten youth eligible to participate in our mission trip will actually be doing so. The others will be at dance camp, or working, or taking a summer class, or hanging out with their friends. The four kids who go will have a wonderful time (I promise, kids–you’re going to love it!), but I wish that more of them were able to join us.
But after listening to Dwight Dubois, I wonder: how can we equip those other six kids for ministry at dance camp, at work, in summer school, and in their relationships with friends? How can we lift up the way God is at work in their lives every day, not just on days they’re at church or doing churchy things?
Seriously. What has worked where you are? Or, what brilliant ideas spring to your wonderful mind?