United Methodist-related campus ministers and chaplains are preparing to gather at The Woodlands UMC in The Woodlands, Texas, December 14-17, to be inspired, trained, and refreshed.
Registration has been opened for REFRESH 2009, an annual event funded by a grant from The Foundation for Evangelism to offer a time of spiritual growth and refreshment for persons in Campus Ministry.
A few highlights for this year’s gathering include:
· A special greeting from Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, Resident Bishop of the Texas Conference. Bishop Huie will join conferees for lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
· Inspiration from Mike Gaffney, director for Young Life College - a new ministry of Young Life to the university. He has served in campus ministry for 23 years, most recently at The Inn in Seattle, Washington, and is passionate about raising up today's young leaders. Mike's podcast is available now on collegeunion.org.
(Listen to two-minute interview with Mike, in which he explains why he does young people's ministry, by pasting http://collegeunion.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/gaffney-teaser.mp3 into your browser.)
· Sharon Irving, a full-time worship leader at Willow Creek Community church in Chicago, will be one of the worship leaders at REFRESH 2009. Her passion for prayer and the written word inspires her leadership. (Watch 10 minute video example of Sharon's work by pasting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiNBmNl88Pk into your browser. Prepare to be blown away - and blessed!)
To learn more about the REFRESH conference and to register, visit www.collegeunion.org.
The Foundation for Evangelism is an affiliate of The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. It provides grants and venture capital for the development of leaders with a passion for evangelism who will have a multiplying impact on the Church.