Thursday, June 26, 2008
Deb and Randy Buursma Take 2: Emptying Ourselves
Week four of the Calvin LCI was concluded with a second helping of Deb and Randy Buursma’s wisdom. In the typical Buursma fashion of interactive and energetic learning, the Calvin Staff at Snow Mountain Ranch was encouraged to think about our listening skills as well as the effort involved in emptying ourselves before God. We were encouraged to think again about Jesus in Philippians 2:6-7.
We were urged, using this model of servant-leadership, to empty ourselves before God and humble ourselves as leaders. To empty ourselves, we learned, comes not as a spiritual discipline, but with a broken heart in need of healing.
On Saturday a large majority of the Calvin group, along with the Buursmas, spent most of the day in Denver. We went to the Denver zoo, walked around downtown and saw the Rockies smoke the Mets in a 7-1 victory. On Wednesday, we went to Winter Park to take advantage of their Alpine Slide and other activities. Overall, we had a fantastic two-week period. Almost everyone was able to take advantage of hikes, fires, meals and one-on-ones with the Buursmas.
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Friday, June 20, 2008
Something Different with Deb and Randy Buursma
For our third Monday night meeting Deb and Randy Buursma were our speakers. It was a very interactive meeting! First, we sat in a large circle and they had each of us run into the middle of the circle and tell about a time in our lives that we had been a leader. If that wasn’t enough to warm us up, then they had us separate into groups to discuss what it means to be an arrogant leader and what it means to be a humble leader, and then we had to do skits based on both type of leader. At the end, they reminded us that being a good leader includes being a good listener, knowing your limitations, and emptying yourself to fill yourself with God. They challenged us to remember these three things in the week to come. They definitely gave us plenty of enthusiasm and plenty to think about.
Before we had our small group meetings following the presentation, we were left with these words:
“In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:5-7).
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Building Teams With Kevin Vande Streek
As the LCI moved into and through its second week, we were encouraged to understand the various elements involved in building a successful team. Kevin Vande Streek, coach for Calvin Men’s Basketball delivered an informative and interactive lesson on team building. As we led blindfolded team members, set goals and learned about how to get the best results from a group, we were also influenced to adapt these lessons to the workplace, our large group and our small group Bible Studies.
On Wedesday we, along with the Vande Streek Family, drove down the road to Hot Sulphur Springs resort for a night of relaxing in the natural hot tubs. We had sack dinners and spent several hours moving from pool to pool that ranged from 98- 112 degrees. Overall, it was a great chance to slow down our busy lives and become refreshed for the rest of the week. As always, our weeks are filled with other adventures and experiences that are too numerous to describe here.
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