A Post for Andrew Conard

April 25, 2012

This a post to a twitter buddy of mine, Andrew Conard. Andrew has an outstanding blog that is one of my favorite resources for ministry. One of my favorite post I recommend to pastor friends is his outline and comments on a service of Death and Resurrection.  Also, he gets to hang out with one my heroes, Adam Hamilton. I could not resist responding to this tweet with a post on my blog.

Andrew, thanks for having a great blog and sharing with others! Here are some brief notes on what I would like to hear.

  • I want to know EVERYTHING about your transition. I’ve already enjoyed what you have posted so far. I am so excited to be taking my first appointment at the Hagan/Union charge in the South Georgia Conference, so any tips would be greatly appreciated.
  • I would like to know how your responsibilities will change from working at COR to being a Sr. Pastor at FUMC Eldorado. From going to a big staff to your new staff.
  • What is your vision for your first year? Specifically how much work do you want to put in upfront so that you can leverage that work and connections later on while still having a family life.
  • Strategically what will your goals be early on in sermon planning, vision casting, pastoral care, and corporate development?

I hope that helps! I am humbled you would even ask my opinion. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to hearing what God does through you and your family.

Here is the audio from last weeks sermon I preached at Statesboro First United Methodist Church. Also the read along guide I mention in the message can be found here.

This fall Statesboro First United Methodist Youth will be going to Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters for our high school fall retreat. It’s going to be amazing! We will be going during fall break on October 15th-17th. The cost is $150 and the due date to sign up is Sunday September 18th. Here are 5 reasons I am fired up about going back to the place we took our winter retreat last year.

#1 – The on-campus recreation activities. They have a 3 man swing, zip line, goliath swing, rock wall, foam pit, paint ball, a mountain to climb, and more. The fun never stops!

#2 – Rafting down the Ocoee River. Back in 1996 when the olympics where in the USA they went here to go rafting. Don’t worry we will be on the easier part of the water. I am huge chicken and I had a blast when I went a couple of years ago.

#3 – FOOD! Snowbird is the best camp food you will ever eat.

#4 – Worship and Teaching. I was blown away by how moving our time was with not only the teachers and worship, but also the small group leaders. They have a staff full of college age people who are ready to listen and pour into students.

#5 – It’s a high school retreat! We all deal with some similar issues, but this will be just for high school students. You will get to hang with people your age.

This is our first high school retreat and I am SO PUMPED! You should go talk with your parents right now about coming.