Retreat Report, Days 1 & 2

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Despite an intense snowstorm that blanketed the city last night, the GYC Executive Committee has arrived safely in Louisville for our annual retreat.


We began our meetings yesterday by discussing what has influenced our personal spiritual lives—books, mentors, sermons, and mission experiences.  We then opened up the floor to one of our usual brainstorming sessions, affectionately known as “Green Lighting.”  Among our crazier [informal] brainstorming ideas today: bow ties with the GYC logo…?!   That idea may not get very far in a “Red Light and Implementation” session, which is likely coming later this weekend.

A member of our Board of Directors also joined us for most of the day to conduct evaluations of each ECOM team member.  The feedback we received about our strengths and weaknesses will help us to more faithfully and effectively complete our responsibilities in 2015.

With some of us still reeling from the challenges of delayed flights, lost bags, and long drives, we retired for a restful night of sleep.  This morning, we spent a season in prayer asking for the Lord’s help and thanking Him for His love for us.  As we were reminded in our group worship, it is not that we need to love God more, but that we need to recognize more His love for us.  “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

We then continued yesterday’s discussions about a concrete vision for our Louisville conference—happening live as I write this.  In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville.  We’re requesting your prayers for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and wish you all a happy Sabbath!

Read about the last day of our retreat here.