We had 18 pastors plus some of their teams and families from all over the US. We talked, we were encouraged, we traded information, ideas and resources. We heard from the Bill Norman, president of NavPress on the latest resources and curriculum available, Lisa Anderson, Director/Writer with Boundless Online Magazine by Focus on the Family..a resource for young adults about dating, marriage and family, an awesome presentation for LOGO"s Bible Software and finally a sermon by Jim Downing, the oldest living Navigator, a para-ministry whose focus since the start has been discipleship.
If you have not been part of Metro, then be sure to put it on your calendar for next year, June 29-July 3rd, Tampa, FL. If it's a bit too far or want something you can bring your WHOLE team too, try the NavigateRetreat.com in Eastern, NC.
Note: One of my favorite things about Metro is the huge list of ideas that folks brought to the table. Here is one below:
E=essential (pray for those God puts on your heart)
X=Christ (find tangible ways to serve those like Christ did)
I=Intentional (engage them in intentional conversation about life, hope, dreams, etc.)
T=Testimony (look for opportunity to organically share what God has done in your life)
Started and developed by Gary Jennings and Afshin Ziafat...EXIT strategy