One Journey ends…another Begins

Renew_logo4This logo might look a bit "familiar" to you…as I am writing this entry, the Youth Leadership Institute of the Haggard School of Theology (Azusa Pacific University) is ending its journey.  The Lilly Endowment grant has just a few months left of breath…Sally and I are doing our best to finish the five year grant contract with enthusiasm and commitment to the grant journey!  TEAM 3 is in August…our 10 day backpack expedition is just about full (if you are interested, email Sally asap smiller@apu.edu) and that will be our final YLI event.  Then, we are putting our lives under the leadership of the Spirit in a new way.  Yesterday, we received word from the IRS that Re/New Ministries just received its non-profit status.  That gives us the opportunity to pursue grants and other sources of funding to continue on our strategy in new, missional, exciting, and community-based ways.  We’re going to not only have a "YLI-type" expression where we train students in leadership and spiritual formation, but we are also going to continue our work on a Missional Order, Adventure-type programs AND a local expression of "ekklesia".  All these things will fall under a new "banner" of Re/New.  You can check out what we are doing on our website:  www.yliapu.org OR www.renewministry.com – they will both take you to the same place.  For now, bookmark them and keep tabs on what is happening…pray for us.  These new steps are significant!

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