After a year of walking through the life of Jesus with other leaders over four retreats in a house in the blue mountains, I've been able to name three awesome outcomes.
1. Shiftm2M has given the YMA leadership team an excellent springboard to re-envision ourselves. Thanks to shift we're in a great space for having some vision conversations with our networks in 2013.
2. I've regained confidence in the material. After growing up on the material that Shift uses, I would say that I've become somewhat "overacquainted" with it, and have lived in the suspicion that it tends to reduce the life of Jesus to a formulaic process. I'm glad to say that the manner in which Shift happens allows people to go deep into the gospels, while still providing practical tools for movement-building.
3. The relationships built over the year have been paramount to my development as a leader in 2012. The insights, counsel, and practice of God's presence amongst others has been formative in my own journey.
These immediate observations are a drop in the bucket when I begin to think about all the observations and discoveries made, but I'm grateful for them none the less.