Teal's Article for "Inside CA"
Last month Teal completed his final installment of Field Orientation. Below is an article he was asked to write for Christian Associate's internal publication.
Where can you enjoy 10 days of great teaching from gurus of education and church planting like Hud McWilliams and Shannon Deal; one-on-one time with Phil Graf, Al Dyck, Troy Cady, Jeanie Folbrecht, Andrew Perriman and many others; and drink liters and liters of tea and coffee all whilst consuming stroopwafels till you sweat syrup?? Well, if you use a little Star Wars vision, the inset picture tells it all - FO2.
On April 18th Adam & Tasha Hoover, Amy Swacina, David & Daphne Fisher, Karen Fritsch, Kerri Cole, Teal Rapp and Tim & Renata Constable completed Field Orientation 2 in Den Haag. Shannon Deal organized and led our time together and Hud opened every day with Soul Care, a rich time of contemplation and introspection. Alongside teaching times on Work, Family, Support and Team Issues and seminars on Spiritual Pathways, Storytelling and Church Planting, each person had the opportunity to present our fellow FO'ers with a Missional City Tour as well as our own Personal Stories.
On Sunday we had the opportunity to attend Crossroads The Hague, a great experience, led off by a wonderful time of worship with Scott Curley and Elizabeth Dyck and followed up with impactful teaching by Kevin Johnson. We were also able to squeeze in some great family-style get-togethers at the Dyck's, Perriman's, Folbrecht's and Johnson's.
The 10 days truly were a terrific blend of teaching, sharing, planning and playing in which we all were able to not only learn from The Masters, but also contribute to each other, giving each of us a greater sense of ownership and accomplishment. Hearing each person share the story of their city; the History and Culture of the city and country, the Challenge to and Opportunity for Mission in their project was very meaningful.
Sharing ideas, failures and successes with each other is so healthy; it helps us to remember we are all in this together and helps to keep the CA DNA flowing strongly amongst and between all of our projects. As noted in last month's Inside CA, France had their initial CAFrance Conference recently and for many of the same reasons those teams enjoyed the sharing of resources, we as an FO Team found it valuable to share with each other. This is something we hope to continue to challenge CA church planters with; You are not in this alone. Use the resources within CA - each other. Stay in community with your team, your church and your Christian Associates friends across Europe and the Globe. This benefits all of us and together we can have greater Kingdom impact.