Back from five days in the Denver area. The first couple of days Chris Folmsbee and I met with the leadership of Renovare about partnership possibilities between Barefoot, Renovare and Youthfront. We had great and synergistic conversations. The Renovare team is awesome and I look forward to working with them closer. I think wonderful things will be coming from our ongoing dialogue and planning. Stay tuned. In addition to our time with Renovare it was life-giving to have extended time to scheme and dream with Folmsbee, we've always found it easy to generate ideas and new ways of thinking about ministry, resources, leadership developent and formation.
When we finished our meetings at Renovare, Chris stayed in Denver to teach a $5 Training Session with 70 some youth workers. I headed up the mountains near Estes Park to lead a high school retreat for student leaders at Highlands Retreat Center. Although I was exhausted by the conclusion of the retreat, it was a very fullfilling ministry opportunity with young people who are very serious about faith and their life with Christ. I was also blessed to work with several dozen adult youth leaders - great people. A big thank you to Chris Johnson, a passionate youth pastor friend, who championed me coming as the speaker and Kevin Starcher who is the Director of Summer Camp and Youth Programs at Highlands.