Be sure to sign up for a free webinar on Thursday, August 26 from 8 to 10 a.m., Pacific time, with the Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding and senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas – one of the fastest growing, most influential mainline Protestant churches in the country.
Since its founding in 1990, the Church of the Resurrection has seen its adult membership grow from four people to 13,000.
Adam Hamilton will be guest speaker at the 2011 California-Nevada Annual Conference Session.
The August 26 webinar is a follow-up to the annual Global Leadership Summit put on by the non-denominational Willow Creek Church in Chicago. Hamilton was one of the teachers at this year's summit, speaking on the subject, "When Leaders Fall."
Drawing from a painful situation at his own church, Hamilton told how the handling of it became a powerful witness – and laid out steps a church can take to lessen opportunities for misconduct, and steps an individual can take to lessen the chance of falling victim to temptation.
"All of us are tempted as human beings," Hamilton said. "The final word always must be one of healing and grace. We have to remember that we serve a Lord who was a friend to prostitutes, drunkards, and sinners. No one is beyond redemption. God is the God of the second chance. If you sin, remember that the Gospel is for sinners."
"The Land Between" webinar is this Thursday
This week – on Thursday, August 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. Pacific time, visit "The Land Between" with Jeff Manion, author of the book by that name and pastor at Ada Bible Church in West Michigan.
"The land between" also is known as desert … wilderness … a place of barrenness and despair. It's the place in which you find yourself when you're between jobs, when your marriage fails, when your health is bad, or when you're losing your home. If it's a place you know all too well, join Manion at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/405270578 for a dose of encouragement.
Because in addition to being fertile ground for complaint and emotional meltdown, "the land between," Manion attests, also is fertile ground for transformational growth.
For both webinars, you may submit questions in advance or "message" them during the webcast.
And if you missed last week's webinar with Christine Caine, founder of The A21 Campaign, an organization dedicated to the care and healing of victims of human trafficking, it is available to hear at http://www.willowcreek.com/webcast/beyond_the_summit.asp. (From there you also may link to the registration pages for the Jeff Manion and Adam Hamilton webinars.)