Monday, February 04, 2008


Conversation Wednesday - february 13, 10:30 a.m.

Topic: Pubs, Clubs, & Alt. Worship in England
As Experienced by Lori Wilson in January of 2008

Professor Kevin Corcoran, of Calvin College, led a group of students to England this past January. Lori Wilson, who has been involved with emergent west michigan, also joined the trip.

She will be facilitatating a conversation around the things they discovered over the course of their three weeks in England.

From Lori:

The following link serves as an overview of their time in England.

For those who'd rather watch than read, this link leads to several short clips created during services and interviews with folks in London.

If folks have a chance to look these over beforehand, I think it would provide a great basis for conversation.

Dillenbeck's Coffeehouse
1059 W Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: (616)458-5716

An award-winning coffee shop that features espresso beverages, sodas, sandwiches, soups and a wide variety of scrumptious desserts.


Great Opportunities for Engagement of Mind, Body, and Spirit


Best selling author/Wired contributor will speak in our area on creativity in business.
Save The Date!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Daniel Pink
Author of best selling book:
A Whole New Mind
(Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future)

Pink is a contributing editor at Wired magazine, and has written influential business books. He'll be in the area speaking about his latest book, A Whole New Mind. The subject is the importance of using both our creative and analytical sides in our everyday business lives, and how this will be integral to success.
West Ottawa Public School
Performing Arts Center, Harbor Lights
1024 136th Ave.
Holland, MI 49424 - map
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Cost: $35 per person Reserve tickets at the Holland Area Arts Council
150 E. 8th St.
Holland, MI 49423 - map
or online at
Read Dan Pink's blog and more about the book on

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FEBRUARY 6-8, 2008

Some bemoan the limited interest by the younger generation in global mission...
Others describe current 20-somethings as the most globally minded generation ever...

What's the role of a 21-year-old in 21st Century mission? What's the role of churches and missions agencies in the missional calling of 20-somethings? These are the questions driving our upcoming Global Learning Center (GLC) Symposium. This year's symposium is co-sponored by GLC and Intersect--a ministry providing training and coaching for emerging leaders around the globe. All attendees of the Leadership Roundtable (see below) must register online. All exibitors must also register online AND contact Diana O'Connor at (616) 222-1278. The registration cost for attendees and exibitors is $15.

Download Symposium brochure here.

Leadership Roundtable:
A Conversation for Ministry Leaders with Dr. Bill Taylor.
Feb 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Feb 7, 9-11:30 a.m.
Click here for more info. To attend this Roundtable and/or exibit a display at the conference, please register online with a cost of $15. Exibitors must also contact Diana O'Connor at (616) 222-1278.

Common Ground:
A workshop for Youth, College, and Missions Volunteers.
Feb 7, 7-9 p.m.
Click here for more info.


Got Inclusion?
Monday, February 11, 2008 , 7 – 9 PM (doors open at 6:30)
Catholic Information Center , 246 Ionia NW, Grand Rapids , Michigan

“Got Inclusion?” is an inspiring two-hour educational opportunity that invites the church to address one of the most controversial questions of our time. Participants will listen to the stories of local gay Christians and engage in dialogue about their place in the Christian community. Should the Church fully include gay members? If so, how can it do so? Everyone is welcome to share in this ecumenical event.

“Seven Passages” at Western Michigan University , Kalamazoo
February 7-9 8:00 p.m.
February 14-16 8:00 p.m.
February 17 2:00 p.m.
in the York Arena Theatre
General Seating

A stark and important look at one of the deepest conflicts in contemporary culture, Seven Passages compiles the stories of gay Christians seeking a path to reconciliation.


Neil Cole Greenhouse - 29 February, 1-2 March.


food for thought...

A Fount for Wi-fi
via Think Christian by Chris Salzman
on 1/24/08

Continuing our conversation of a few weeks ago I’d like to add this spin on the free wi-fi debate from Church Marketing Sucks.

How about opening your church up?

What if your church had the sweetest wifi in the town, some really comfy chairs and a few friendly faces? How great would it be to have folks normally hostile to “church” be able to say, “I’m gonna go hang out at the church and get some work done.”
I can tell you this: if I found somewhere with good coffee or sweet tea, open spaces and comfy chairs, I’d be there in a heartbeat. Folks lucky enough to work at home, thankful as they should be, need to get away sometimes.

So bump up your Internet speed, get some decent coffee, sweet tea or pastries, and invite folks on in. This is the 21st century. Maybe it’s time that the church is a friend for the friendless, a home for the homeless and an office for the officeless.

I’ll echo his comments on working from home, sometimes it’s far more pleasant to go work somewhere else. And finding that triple threat of comfortable working spaces, good wi-fi, and readily available outlets is far harder to do than it should be. Imagine what it would mean to your community if your church was the place to find the perfect office away from your office?

Anybody go to a church that does this?


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