Classic KINDLE, Here we go. 

I have been involved in KINDLE in many ways for over a decade.  When I went through Classic in 2008, I knew I would be back to serve the ministry-changing, life-giving, hope-finding event that is Classic KINDLE.  Now, after working with every KINDLE initiative in some way, I am starting my second full learning cycle of Classic KINDLE, in the role of instructor.

Here we go. 

When the training team arrives on Sunday night of the first Learning Event there is this cool reunion of people.  Some of us have served together for years, and others are joining for the first time.  We share a common connection of KINDLE, but some of our individual paths are crossing for the first time.  My excitement builds as I see how God has once again gathered just the right combination of gifts and talents in one place to bless His church.

Here we go.

On that first Monday as the Associates trickle in and settle in, I am always amazed at the gifted second chair leaders that serve in the Lord’s church. It is tempting for me to feel unqualified to stand in front of such a group.  Who am I?  I am nothing.  God is good.  Here I am.

Here we go.

Circles are formed, Baptism Buddies are connected, the group starts bonding.  Some night time fellowship and games.  Conversations about ministry: exciting happenings, frustrating challenges, painful conflicts shared with tears.  We are in a safe place surrounded by people who get it.  We have been there, but we have not stayed there.  God provides perspective, wisdom, and hope. 

Here we go.

Michael Harvey, Director of Faith Formation

Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minnesota

Instructor, 2019-2021 Classic KINDLE

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