So far this year, 41 disciples have registered at the One Year Challenge website.
Which sites are they most frequently matched with?
For mission churches, it’s Spain (14), China (13), Germany and Switzerland (10 each), and Norway (9).*
For campus ministries in college towns, it’s Eugene, OR (19); Pullman, WA (15); Lawrence, KS and Norman, OK (7 each); Storrs, CT (6), Auburn, AL (5) and Charlottesville, VA and State College, PA (3 each).
Just because a site has lower numbers, that doesn’t mean it’s less popular. The site may have stricter requirements, such that few volunteers are matched in registration.
Later we’ll post more data on the “other worthy sites” locations, and on where OYC disciples are actually going.
*The numbers add to more than 41 because many participants are matched to, and select more than one site.
So far this year, 40 have registered at the One Year Challenge website. Of these, most are still talking with a site, but two have committed to go to Geneva, Switzerland, one to China and one to Eugene, Oregon.
Karl Vaters says you’re probably making some big mistakes:
In recent years, after suffering through my own mostly self-inflicted pastoral grief, I’ve come to this conclusion: If pastoring is the fourth hardest job in America, we’re not doing it right.
The article includes four ways to make things better.
It’s all about being willing to break cultural norms, and how to do it:
Social norms are, well, normal. And they’re all around us, forming the rules of our social interactions. But if we’re going to share our faith, chances are we’re going to have to break…norms when sharing our faith in Western culture…
Read the whole thing.