It was a great privilege to attend the Global Leadership Summit last week. This is simulcast to hundreds of sites all over the world; fortunately Trey and I were able to take part at a church here in Springfield. This is one of the highlights of my year, and this time didn’t disappoint.

One of the faculty members, John Maxwell, is a former pastor and author on leadership. He has written numerous books on this subject and is widely considered as an expert in this field. He made a comment that has stayed with me all week:

The church has to ask itself a question–Are we going to spend more time on correcting people, or spend more time connecting with people?

This Sunday will be a great opportunity for connection with students. We will be hosting the MSU Pride Band and many other students who will begin or continue their academic careers at schools here in Springfield. I encourage us to do our best to show hospitality to these young men and women, and their parents.

Another important feature about this year’s event is that we will meet Dr. Brad Snow, the new director of Athletic bands and the Pride Marching Band. We are grateful to have him in the Springfield area and wish him all the best in the transition to the Ozarks.

An ongoing effort at connection will be the simulcasting of our worship services on Facebook. We are making investments into our technology to enable us to be more effective in sharing the gospel to those outside our building. I’m especially excited about this development, and believe it will increase our reach into our community and beyond.

I hope you’re using the UHBC prayer guide. It is a useful tool for keeping us “on the same page” in seeking the Lord’s leadership in the church.

May the Lord help us to do more connection with others and less time with correction. Let’s let the Holy Spirit handle that task while we show the love of Christ to those around us.

I’m encouraged by the spirit of renewal in our church. I hope you sense it as well. See you soon.