Monday, February 12, 2007

happenings update - feb. 12

Conversation Wednesday - february 14 @ 10:30 a.m.

THIS COMING WEEK!!! ... we will be looking at the first section of N.T. Wright's 'Simply Christian.'

This is a means for us to evaluate our lives in light of the kingdom message of Jesus. Our time on Wednesday will allow for those of you who have read the first section to help lead us in conversation. We encourage engagement for those who have not read the material as well.

Come for 90 minutes of good conversation and growing friendships.

the bite
151 Ottawa Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI
(616) 451-8000


Youth Pastors - Senior Pastors - Anyone caring about youth ministry or kids and the church...

On Monday, March 12, 2007, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary along with Youth Specialties will host its Spring ’07 Talking Points.

The topic is “Where Youth Ministry Must Go…”

Our forum title reflects the ongoing pursuit and discipline of seeking to understand the needs, priorities and theology of progressive youth ministry.

Our culture, our church and our students are constantly changing. This event will facilitate dialogue on where youth ministry must go to remain faithful to the gospel and this generation.

Forum topics and presenters include…
Youth Ministry Must Go Broader- Mark Oestreicher, President of Youth Specialties
Mark will suggest what issues senor pastors and youth pastors/directors might need to overcome together, given a ministry dynamic that frequently isolates, alienates, and burns out youth pastors.

Youth Ministry Must Go Deeper- Kara Powell, Fuller Theological Seminary
Kara will explore what thoughtful youth ministry might look like in a youth ministry world that is typically pressured by pragmatism and results.

Youth Ministry Must Go Closer- Steve Argue, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Steve will consider what it means for the whole church to embrace teenagers and what it looks like for youth leaders to prioritize shepherding over efficiency and programming.
Registration can be done by phone at 616.222.1422 (ask for Amy) or online at the GRTS Talking Points Website. Download the Brochure HERE.

For those of you who are college students studying youth ministry or college profs, we have a special discount rate for you. If interested, please contact Amy at 616.222.1422!
Join us. Bring a friend, your team, or a future youth leader. And let’s consider where youth ministry must go…


Emerging Women Midwest Gathering
Beyond the Castle Walls—Re-Imagining the Kingdom
March 16-18, 2007
Stronghold Conference Center
Oregon, IL
Emerging Women are gathering again this March in a castle retreat center outside of Chicago to "Re-imagine the Kingdom." This gathering is open to women of all ages and cultures, ministers and lay-persons , from all denominations, and at all points on their journey s of faith. You are invited to a weekend of reflection and worship, theology and praxis, teaching and learning, and (of course) friendship, food, and fun.
We will explore the stories of women who re-imagined the kingdom by challenging the dominant assumptions of their cultures in order to serve God. We will re-imagine our worship as we explore our spiritual voices and how we connect with God. We will examine how the church is being re-imagined in our emerging, postmodern world. Our time there together will refresh us and give us a vision (a new imagining) for our spiritual lives as we serve in God's Kingdom.
We invite you to add your voice to the conversation. We expect to learn from and encourage each other – through our stories, our knowledge, our questions, and our passions. This is a gathering of community and its outcomes will rest on what the community has brought to it.
The Emerging Women Midwest Gathering will be held March 16-18 (Friday evening til noon Sunday) at the Stronghold Conference Center ( in Oregon, IL. Oregon is in NW Illinois, about two hours from Chicago. Limited airport runs from the Chicago area airports (Rockford, O'Hare, and Midway) will be provided. We will be staying in dormitory-style housing in a modern-day castle. The cost for the gathering is $140, which includes the registration costs, 2 nights lodging, 4 meals, and snacks. There are a very limited number of private rooms and family accommodations available (at extra cost), so please contact us as soon as possible if you require either. Some scholarships and student rates are also available and you are also invited to help contribute to the scholarship fund.
Visit to register. We hope to see you at the castle. Help us out by spreading the word and let others know about this gathering. If you would like a file of the event brochure to print out for your church, school, or group please let us know.
For more information contact –
Julie Clawson - 630.742.7443
Sarah Notton -


From Rich Correll:

I am beginning to build a group of people who would be interested in inviting Neil Cole (Organic church)
to West Michigan in 2007 for a Greenhouse- can you take the pulse of the emergent group of people?

rich correll - missionary to Ukraine

E-mail rich at to show your interest!!!


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