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Ron Writes

Oregon City Leadership Retreat

God ordained leaders in the church “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12). It is the task of leaders to help every member identify their talents and help them develop and use them. A leaders’ retreat is an opportunity to discuss a game plan for continuing to strengthen and develop our ministries.

There are ideas that need to be discussed regularly to help the church reach it fullest potential. A retreat will allow us to focus on how to be effective in our leadership. This retreat will be a time for prayer to ask God for wisdom. It is an amazing thing that God allows us to participate with Him in His work of redemption. He calls ordinary people to acknowledge their special talents and use them in His service. It will be a time to worship and thank God.

We will be discussing the function of each ministry and identifying the potential of each. It can be a time to talk about how to best expand our ministries. In addition to current ministries, new ministries and opportunities can also be explored. How can we identify opportunities of service that will allow us to reach out into the community?

Our time together will allow us to reflect on how ministries communicate opportunities for service to our members. How can we reach out so that others can join us in our works? One of the key topics must be a discussion on the best ways to delegate to others and broaden the scope of our ministries. How can we be conduits for works rather than obstacles? It can be a time to identify what kind of training would be helpful for each ministry. There should be an opportunity to discuss ways to identify, develop and mentor new leaders. How can we enable one another to reach our greatest potential?

It will be a time to work on those things that are essential for building trusting relationships that allow us to work together. How can we honor and build up one another?

A retreat can be so encouraging and rewarding. We pray that we can “all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of god, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13).