Coming together as partners, associates, peers, and friends has been a desire of ours since the very beginnings of Leadership Connextions. As we have traveled and worked with these friends a common refrain has been "I sure wish you could meet _____, you would really like them and have so much in common. Having a 'Gathering' is the best way to make that happen. Getting them all together in one place and one time has been a goal which we were finally able to realize.
On July 28th we gathered in the York Pennsylvania Hub. Associates from throughout the world and local area assembled in a four day conference filled with fellowship, learning, encouragement, inspiration and sharing. The mood was casual and friendly. After meeting each other Sunday night we quickly engaged as though long time friends and associates.
Food and Fellowship: There were numerous opportunities to spend time together over meals, hearing each others stories, learning about their ministries and encouraging each other
T.E.L.S. Talks: Patterned after TED talks the Theology, Education, Leadership, and Spirituality Talks were one of the highlights of the week. Thirteen participants prepared short presentations on a variety of topics like 'Lord, Give Me A Word", "The Manifold Grace of God", "The Missing Jewel, Beauty" and "Surfing as Missions" were just a sampling of the engaging topics.
Spiritual Formation/Spiritual Friend Conversations: provided practical opportunities to personally engage in some silence and solitude then sharing together in a spiritual friends conversation about how God was speaking to us.
Ice Cream Social at Hearts and Minds Bookstore: The York Hub has a wonderful resource in the Hearts and Minds Bookstore. Owner Byron Borger shared with the group about the importance of being a lifelong learner and identify with the Sons of Issachar. After having a chance to peruse the offering of books we enjoyed ice cream sundaes.
Gettysburg/Lincoln Movie: This is the 150 anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, considered one of the most significant battles in human history. Our proximity to the Gettysburg allowed us to get a personalized tour of the battlefield, the Visitors Center and the Cyclorama painting. We returned to York to watch the recently released movie "Lincoln" which helped us understand the significance of the leadership challenges of the war. It led to a number of conversations about the spiritual implications of that leadership and how to navigate these types of challenges
LCI Presentation: Brian updated the group on the vision for LCI and the opportunities we have in the future. It is an exciting time and the group came away encouraged and desiring to be part of that movement
Prayer event: to close the week we had a wonderful time of prayer, one on one to lift each other up. It was a precious close to an amazing week
While the week was very full we were all energized by the engagement. Leadership Connextions is truly an international organization with dedicated lifelong learners who are godly leaders. Bringing them together has been a highlight for all of us. Thanks to all who contributed to making it a great time together.