Monday, January 31, 2005

Na Atlanta

Recentemente estive na Atlanta. De volta no avaio escrevi o siguinte relatorio das minhas atividades. Pensei que o botar no "Atrium" seria um jeito de re-lembrar e compartilhar as boas experiencias vividas nessa terra abancoada...

From January 2 to January 14 I traveled to Decatur. GA, as part of my Doctor of Ministry studies to Columbia Theological Seminary

The course I took was titled “Bridging Gospel and Culture” led by Dr. Stan Wood, who prior to his appointment at Columbia was the national staff person for evangelism in the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Like in my previous study leave (April 2004), the class was a very intense combination of lectures, readings, case studies and dialogue with fellow students. All this was enhanced by much prayer and daily worship services.

I presented a ten-pages paper outlining a strategy that can help us at QHPC engage a broader segment of the unchurched population in the area by engaging the consumerist “spirit of the season”.

In addition to the academic responsibilities, I became involved in some other ministry related activities:
· Led worship and preached a sermon titled “Mysterious Light” on Epiphany Day (January 6) at the Seminary’s chapel.
· Worshiped at Intown Community Church, a Presbyterian Church of America congregation that with good taste integrates a worship band into its distinctively classic stile of worship. Through a small groups strategy this 20 year old church has a membership that averages around 35 years old (similar to the community around QHPC) and has already daughter another church in the Atlanta area.
· Worshiped at historical Peachtree Presbyterian Church and was able to observe the progress of its contemporary service that now averages about 750 in attendance.
· Collected material in preparation for worship and preaching in 2005 at QHPC.
· Compiled Annual Reports for QHPC's congregational meeting on January 16.

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