The next meeting/retreat of the Lake Erie Ministry Support group will be May 21-22, 2017 at Olmsted Manor. Bill Kemp will be doing the Monday morning educational presentation from his latest book, "Finding Shalom: Exiting Life’s Roundabouts, Walking New Paths." The event begins on Sunday evening with dinner at Olmsted -- always great cooking! Sunday evening program will be sharing time followed by worship. Monday's program:
Finding Shalom: Transitional Tools for Everyday Spirituality by Bill Kemp
Intentional interim ministers have a tool box they use to bring Shalom to traumatized and conflicted congregations. That same tool box can helpful for individuals seeking Shalom. To find inner peace we must learn from our past, live compassionately in the present, and plan without anxiety for our future. This is more than simply a balancing act. One must develop a healthy decision making process. One must understand the roles and relationships that provide structure for our individual lives. One must find new ways to bridge conflicts and offer forgiveness. If our lay people can apply these lessons to their personal lives, they will be more effective as church leaders and less anxious throughout their congregation’s transition.