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Gathering: Star Wars (on leadership)

  • St. Jude Maronite Catholic Church 1437 West Badillo Street West Covina, CA, 91790 United States (map)
When spirituality becomes spiritualization, life in the body becomes carnality. When ministers and priests live their ministry mostly in their heads and relate to the Gospel as a set of valuable ideas to be announced, the body quickly takes revenge by screaming loudly for affection and intimacy. Christian leaders are called to live the Incarnation, that is, to live in the body, not only in their own bodies but also in the corporate body of the community, and to discover there the presence of the Holy Spirit.
— Fr. Henri Nouwen

21st century leadership is for grabs. Spiritual entrepreneurship has no limits in the globalized world. What is the DNA of a person who aspires to bring people from the caves of self-annihilation and loss of purpose to the World of Life?

What can we learn from Star Wars, influencers and idols? How can we free the APEs (apostles, prophets, evangelists) into their destiny?

What's gonna happen? Praise and worship, testimonies, ministry time, teaching, Encounter Groups, conversations. Yes, you may wear your Star Wars Halloween costume. 

It is not enough for the priests and ministers of the future to be moral people, well trained, eager to help their fellow humans, and able to respond creatively to the burning issues of their time. All of that is very valuable and important, but its not the heart of Christian leadership. The central question is, Are the leaders of the future truly men and women of God, people with an ardent desire to dwell in God’s presence, to listen to God’s voice, to look at God’s beauty, to touch God’s incarnate Word and to taste fully God’s infinite goodness?
— Fr. Henri Nouwen