Pine Lake Camp hosted the annual Winter Weekend for teens and young adults. One of the great features of today was the snow sculptures. Four mounds of snow, a group of teens, some spray paint and some tools….and off they went. Two hours later we had Jonah and the whale, the Serpent who tempted Eve, and Captain America!
Okay, Captain America might not fit, but the artwork was good!
The sun was out and it was very warm – a great day for some outdoor activities. These weekends create great opportunities for ministry and for the young people memories that last.
The guest for the weekend was Jonathan Evans – Jonathan reminded me that it was on a weekend like this, twenty years ago this month when Wendy and I were leading Youth Ministry in Southern Ontario that he made his commitment to Christ. We had gone to Teen Ranch and Jonathan said he came resistant to anything spiritual. Twenty years later he’s working at the War College and speaking at Youth Events.
It was great to see him again. Sometimes we don’t know unitl many years later the impact we’ve had on people as we’ve gone along our way.
Who are you influencing?
After arriving at Pine Lake Camp yesterday evening it was great to reconnect with Carol and Charles as they led forward the Western Canada Leadership Development Initiative. It was good to hear the comments of those in the program as they attempted articulate the intense week of learning. I was reminded of my own experience as I emerged from the first ELDP and tried to put into practise those things which would bring greater effectiveness to my own leadership.
At the beginning of each of these courses the delegates are asked to identifiy their leadership challenges. Even though this has been a nation-wide event and the delegates have come from every level of leadership within The Salvation Army, the identified challenges are always similar. As I viewed the list again this week I was reminded that leadership is challenging.
Norm Schwarzkopf once said, “Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
One of my favourite sayings is “Leadership is not above you, it’s within you.” The ability of a leader to accept or own his own circumstances is critical to developing character – or at least demonstrating character. Leaders who deflect ownership demonstrate a lack of emotional maturity.
This morning I met many great leaders who are developing and are committed to life long learning. Is there a better sign of leadership?
We are back at Pine Lake Camp for a few hours only, however this visit has a unique purpose. Three SA Territories have gathered here to talk and learn about Holiness. Representing these three Territories (Canada, Central and Western USA) are a group of young adults who are serious about their pursuit of faith and action.
Here’s an interesting thought expressed tonight – “there is more power in the local church than in the Oval Office”.
I believe. It would seem it is time to be serious about our faith. The Church is distracted.
So if you can. If you will. Would you pray for this time at Pine Lake Camp and for these young people?
“If my people who are called by my name….”