Thursday, July 24, 2008

Jonathon Bascom: Extruding Leadership

Week Eight of the Calvin program brought along with it Professor Bascom’s talk on humbling yourself as a leader by being in a “desert.” Similar to Moses in the desert, said Bascom, God extrudes his leaders in a manner that we may not fully understand.

On Tuesday evening the Calvin group drove up to Meadow Creek Reservoir for its annual retreat. We were excited to have professor Bascom join us as we went canoeing, swimming and exploring. At five in the evening the guys and girls separated for dinner, reflection and sleeping. It rained nearly the whole night, but only enough to dampen our tents- not our spirits. In the morning we reconvened for some much needed breakfast by the reservoir. Overall, the retreat was a huge success.

-Dave and Melissa

Read on for a few Pictures, and also check the picasa site for extra retreat pictures:


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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bob Eames: Leading and Kayaking with Style

Bob Eames was back for another exciting week at Snow Mountain Ranch. On Monday evening Bob followed up his previous lecture by delivering a more in-depth analysis of leadership styles. We were encouraged to think more about our personal leadership styles and their interaction with other styles of leadership.

On Wednesday morning a group of the Calvin Staff drove to Grand Lake for some kayaking. We spent about two and a half hours exploring the waters, chasing ducks, jumping in the cold lake and just having a good time with each other and Bob Eames.

Enjoy some of the pictures from the kayaking adventures.


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Friday, July 11, 2008

Bob Eames: steak and leadership styles

This past Monday night we enjoyed a good talk and some great food with Bob Eames.  We were told to come a half hour early to our meeting to the cookout shelter with a knife and a fork.  This was good news.  As we hungrily waited to eat, Bob had us take a quiz about what our leadership style is and what role we prefer to be in with a group setting.  The results of the quizzes showed that each student was either a Structural/Acheivement leader, a Cultural/Affiliation leader, or an Informal/Influential leader.  Then we discussed in our small groups if the quiz proved to be correct about each other, and we also had to discuss which type of leader would take on which role in grilling food with a group of people (which only added to our hunger!).  After this, we ate to our hearts’ content: steak, barbeque chicken, grilled vegetables and potatos, sweet corn, rolls with butter, and pie!  Thank you Eames for the break from Commons food!

On Wednesday for our Calvin activity, we enjoyed some more amazing food by going to Hernando’s in Winter Park for pizza with the Eames.  We have quickly learned this summer that you can never get enough of their pizza.  Following that, we had a campfire at SMR with s’mores.  It was a great evening!

The weeks just fly by here at SMR.  We are having a hard time believing that most of us only have one month left!  Between work, hiking, camping, biking, climbing, Calvin activities, worship services, small groups, one-on-ones, just hanging out, getting to know people, and other things, the time just flies by.  We are having a great time!

Don’t forget to check out extra photos at  There are now two albums.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support as we work and play here at SMR, and please continue to pray for and think of us! 


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