Yesterday I participated in a retreat at Rosemary Heights with some of my work colleagues from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Before leaving my house in the morning, I texted some of my closest friends asking them if there was anything or anyone they wanted me to pray for.
I was affirmed and surprised by their prayer requests (I’ve slightly edited some of them to protect privacy):
- My heart
- My sister in the Philippines
- The health and happiness of our newborn
- Me as I recently broke up with my fiancee
- The youth ministry coordinator
- That we will be blessed with children
- Good work-life balance
- That my dad finds a purpose that makes him happy
- My aunt having surgery tomorrow
- My mom’s 70th birthday
- My aunt who is ill
- My dad and how he fits into my life
- Peace in my heart
- My relationship with my boyfriend
- A healthy granddaughter
- Dissertation, move, and travel mercies
- Vocation, family, and ministry
- Me, my wife, and my family
- That we can sell our house
- A safe trip for my in laws
- My upcoming trip overseas
- Health of my relatives
- Ministry inspiration and vision
- My sister’s job transition
- My friend who is struggling
- My friend how just went through dialysis
- Wisdom, clarity, and discernment and for God to open doors where He desires
- My friend having struggles in her marriage
- Safe labour for my wife
- Our newborn daughter
Continue reading It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask – The Power of a Prayer Request
We don’t do a good enough job of affirming people. I’m talking about in our own families, among friends, in our workplaces, and in ministry. Often, it’s easier to find faults in others and judge others than it is to say something nice about them.
This is especially true in certain situations. Take sports for example. Many athletes use trash-talking to try to get into their opponents’ heads. The thinking is that it might throw your opponent off, giving you an advantage. Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, and even Sidney Crosby are known to be good trash-talkers.
Continue reading Celebrating Gifts Through #dailyaffirmations
Recently, I’ve been doing work with a few different ministries on the importance of vision and mission. Both are extremely important: a vision gives us an idea of where we are going and what success will look like whereas a mission is similar to a road map as to how we may achieve our vision.
During a recent workshop that I facilitated, I had a music ministry do some work on its mission statement. As part of this process, I also had each of the members craft his or her own mission statement. It was a very fruitful process as the individuals were able to articulate their strengths, weaknesses and hopes both as individuals and as a group.
I was inspired by the ones that were shared aloud and I encouraged each of them to post it somewhere so they could reflect on it regularly and go back to it when necessary. As well, I suggested that their mission statements are dynamic – they could change them any time.
I would suggest this process for any ministry (or anyone for that matter) looking to set goals, inspire one another, or keep themselves on track.
Continue reading Making a (Mission) Statement