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I'm flying to Greenville, SC, for the General Assembly of our church, the Presbyterian Church in America. This will be a busy week, but Ruth is with me, so it will be fun! Two Mondays ago I flew to Atlanta for New Staff Orientation. A lot of campus ministers left last year to take positions starting new churches, serving in existing churches, or going overseas. This is part of RUF's goal - to prepare men to lead churches. But it meant we have a large number of new ministers this year.... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 17 June 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We loved our time in Florida, but we're glad to be back home. This week was catch up in the office and around the house. Mary Ann kept the office in pretty good shape, so catch up was fairly rapid there. Still, a month of mail and record-keeping took several days to accomplish. I said Mary Ann kept the office humming, but she was assisted by Adriel Adams. Mary Ann needs more time at home, and May was her last month with us. We'll miss her! Adriel is our new assistant. She lives a few ... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 01 June 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
April 26 was my last night in Mexico, and it was pretty miserable. Montezuma struck with a vengeance. But after a dozen incident-free trips to Mexico, I guess my time was up. By morning I was well enough to pack up for the trip home, but I ate almost nothing all day. I was mostly back to normal by Monday. Preparation April 29 to May 1 I planted the garden, did some yard work, and put the office in some sort of order in preparation for almost four weeks away. May 2-3 I drov... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 01 June 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
If you're already into summer and spring is old news, you should skip this post. But for the record, and for those of you who are passionate about RUF, here is a wrap-up of the spring semester. I left off in the middle of March, recovering from a bad cold and heading back to New England. March 18-22: I had a wonderful time with the New England ministers on Tuesday, then met with pastors in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Among them were the new RUF committee c... Read more...
By: David Green On Thursday, 30 May 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We're in the middle of the RUF Summer Conference. So far 1700 students have come to Florida, and we expect almost 300 more next week. My last report was March 18, and some are wondering what I've been up to since. The short answer is that the last part of the semester was extremely busy. I was recovering from a bad cold when I last wrote, and ended my semester visits with Montezuma's Revenge during my trip to Mexico. And as it happened, none of my flights in April had internet service... Read more...
By: David Green On Thursday, 16 May 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I returned to Brown and Harvard Universities after a year's absence. My fall trip was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, so I was glad to get back in touch with these campuses. The trip to Providence on Tuesday was uneventful, but I felt a cold coming on. First I visited Eddie and Annie Park. They are adjusting to having two children in the household, and the ministry on campus is going well. Eddie took over a great ministry from his predecessor, but it has taken several years... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 18 March 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The action last week was in Atlanta. I flew down on Monday for the Tuesday morning meeting of the RUF Permanent Committee (like a Board of Directors). Most of us were in town Monday, so we had a pleasant dinner together. Tuesday we heard financial reports, plans for new ministries, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary there. The big news was Rod Mays' announcement that he plans to retire as National Coordinator at the end of 2014. You can read about it here: ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 11 March 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I had a good time last week in Iowa and Nebraska. Snow followed me everyday except Friday, but not enough to be a problem. I had the presence of mind to post a few short notices on Facebook. If we're not Facebook friends already, send me a friend request. I arrived in Iowa City Tuesday night, and spent all day Wednesday with Josh Vahle. Lunch with the PCA pastor in Iowa City, Michael Langer, interrupted our day, but it was good to catch up with him. (He started the church about 5 year... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 04 March 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm in the air again, this time flying to Omaha to visit RUF ministers in Iowa and Nebraska. I left you as I was flying to Atlanta for a coordinators meeting. Among other things we discussed the nature of this job. About time, yes? RUF has changed a lot in the past five years. We've added four coordinators and the job has shifted. It was good to clarify what we are trying to do. We love this job! Pray for God to use us powerfully in the lives of campus ministers. I spent a ... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 26 February 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
My phone woke us up at 3:30 am with news that my 6:30 flight to Atlanta was canceled due to freezing rain. Now at 2:00 pm I am on my way to a 1:00 meeting. I had been up late over the weekend, so it was good to sleep in! Last week at this time I was pulling into Connecticut en route to see Lucas and Maggie Dourado at UConn. This is Lucas' second year, and he and Maggie are pulling through quite well. The second year is usually the hardest, as ministers become more keenly aware of how ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 11 February 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
This week I visited Lehigh University here in Bethlehem. The Mitchell family had some sickness early in January, but they are rebounding now. Memories of the stage of life with small children... I had a good time with Scott. Ruth and Bonnie joined us for dinner one night. Instead of going to Large Group, I went to two of Scott's other meetings - a theology seminar, and a Bible study. I was very happy to spend an evening with six freshmen, some of whom show real leadership potential. P... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 02 February 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's cold in western Pennsylvania. At least it was last week. I left for Pittsburgh Tuesday morning and returned from State College Saturday morning, and the temperature never passed 16º. The Bates family has been sick, but Luda was able to join Derek and me for dinner Tuesday night. On Wed. I attended a freshman Bible study led by a student that Derek has trained. He did a nice job. RUF at Pitt is transitioning from a solid, cozy group centered around Derek, to a large ministry with... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 29 January 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Most of last week I stayed in the office. By Saturday I felt as though I had accomplished most of my goals - a rare feeling. My solitary trip was to Philadelphia on Monday, where I met with Will Spokes to discuss bringing RUF there. Will was the RUF minister at Duke until last summer. Now he is on staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in center city Philadelphia, and the church is interested in helping to launch an RUF work. It was a very productive time with Will. Pray for God to guide ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 21 January 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Wow, it looks like a month since I last wrote. I won't give a blow-by-blow account of our Christmas activities. Our church Christmas program went well, and I spent a lot of time in the office before Christmas. Daniel, Peter, and Christopher were unable to join us on Christmas, but all of Ruth's brothers and families were here - so it was a grand time. Daniel and Ginny joined us later when we went to Maryland to visit my father and brothers. This year we did not take our annual January... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 13 January 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I woke up to bright sunshine this morning. It's been cool and rainy here. It made me think I was back in Texas... But before I flew to Texas, Ruth and I flew to Atlanta on November 26 for the last Coordinators meeting of the year. We had a grand time traveling together, and the meeting was nicely productive. We got home late Wednesday night. I was worn out, but I had a lot to do before departing. I finally pooped out, but made it for my early flight on Thursday. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 11 December 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We had a very nice Thanksgiving this year. Some years we have up to 24 people, with all of the extended family. This year we had just Ruth's parents and brother David. Daniel and Ginny came, but Christopher, Peter and Megan could not. We love the excitement of a crowd, but the smaller number was just as nice. We have much for which to be thankful, and are happy to share our thanks with family. When not feasting I was in the office or doing chores around the house. Mary Ann and I worke... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 26 November 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I made my final campus visits last week, and am home for Thanksgiving this week. Last week I began my travels with a pleasant visit to Steven Badorf, campus minister at Johns Hopkins University. I was encouraged to hear about his ministry with Hopkins students. Next was a meeting with the committee chairman of the Chesapeake Presbytery, then on to College Park. Chris Garriott gave a solid message on relationships in the University of Maryland RUF large group meeting. The mu... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 19 November 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday I flew out to St. Paul to visit Chad and Christi Brewer at the University of Minnesota. Chad's group grew rapidly in the last three years, and I was eager to see how they are doing. This is clearly a transition year for them. Last year a lot of older students graduated, including some founding members of RUF at Minnesota. Younger students are taking their place and learning to lead. Large group meetings are biweekly now, and probably ought to go weekly soon. It's a time of... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 12 November 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm in the air again - off to St. Paul to visit Chad and Christie Brewer. This is my first time out since Sandy came to visit. Two weeks ago I was in Evanston, Illinois visiting Luke Meidema. Brent Harriman will be supervising Northwestern University from now on, and he was there, too. It was a good time with Luke and Brent, and I'm happy that Brent will be helping Luke from now on. This is Luke's first full-time year, and he's doing very well. Pray for him to settle in well at... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 05 November 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I was home all last week! It was nice to be with the family for a whole week. Christopher is on vacation from his job in the Congo, and he spent the week with us. We've launched a new website! This one will be focused on RUF ministries in the Northeast. Check it out for fresh news about campuses there: www.rufnortheast.org. I spent the first part of the week with Scott Mitchell at Lehigh University. A lot of seniors graduated in... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 22 October 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I began last week spending two delightful days in Burlington with the RUF people there. John and Megan Meinen moved to Burlington in July to start the first RUF ministry in northern New England. Joseph and Katie Pensak moved there a year ago to start the church which will be the foundation for the campus ministry. Starting a church in northern New England is hard! Joseph says this is much harder than the campus ministry he did with RUF at UConn. It is a great relief to have John and Megan join J... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 14 October 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Breaking new ground... Well Mary Ann is rapidly learning her way around my office. She is a big help already, and will soon take a big load off my back. The Permanent Committee (RUF national oversight committee) meeting on Tuesday went well. We had good discussion which led to solid decisions. On Wednesday the coordinators met and spent much of our time discussing how best to fill campus positions soon to become open. Presbyteries make the hiring decisions, but we strive to re... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 07 October 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week was grand. The company was wonderful, the work was pleasant, the weather was beautiful - it would have been perfect if Ruth could have come with me. First stop was Lincoln, Nebraska, to visit Steve and Jen Allen. They ramped up freshman outreach this year, but were a little disappointed in the results. Students are coming, but not huge numbers. We decided part of the problem was needing to do more careful follow-up. I got a chance to see Steve's Ministry Team meeting - a fir... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 01 October 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The last two weeks have been a whirlwind, and I expect the next several will be the same. The middle of October should be a little more manageable. Pray for us! I last left you as I was flying to Atlanta for a meeting of RUF Coordinators. One of our biggest topics of discussion was recommending new ministers for placement at campuses without ministers or soon to be so. This year we have an unusual number of campuses open or about to be open. Providentially, we also have an unusually... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 24 September 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm back from Mexico and on my way to Atlanta for a meeting with the other RUF coordinators. Last week was amazing. I'll give a short report first, and you can keep reading if you're interested. You'll have to, if you want the story of my amazing bowling triumph! Peter Dishman, our campus minister in Mexico City, is still on furlough in the U.S., so I was met at the airport on Tuesday by Zurielly Martinez. She has been holding things together since January. Large Group that afternoon ... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 11 September 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's 6:40 am and I'm on the bus to the Newark airport. I'm traveling to Mexico to check up on our ministry in Mexico City. Last week was spent getting ready for fall trravel. I completed travel arrangements through October and planned which people to visit in November. I also replied to some emails which required more than a quick answer and which I had pushed off until I had the time to attend to them. This doesn't sound like much, but these things can fill a week pretty quickly. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 04 September 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I feel like I accomplished a lot last week in New England. That's probably because I was able to cross off a lot of items on my to-do list. I had lunch on Monday with Preston Graham in New Haven, and we had a delightful time, as always. My main purpose was to bring him up to date on our efforts to find a man to take over the ministry at Yale. We also clarified the mechanics of restarting this ministry. On to Storrs CT, where I had dinner with the committee that oversees the... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 27 August 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm back from vacation. Freed from the basement! The first week was pleasant, with a visit from Peter, Megan, and Elijah. The second was productive, as I cleaned and organized a lot of the basement. But there's always more to do! I left the house at 5 am on Monday for the 2nd coordinators retreat. We spent Monday to Wednesday discussing strategic planning. This included long-term funding, clarifying our roles, growth opportunities, barriers to growth, placing new staff, etc. It w... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 18 August 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We're back from staff training, but hardly slowed down. I'm supposed to be on vacation this week and next, but I'm squeezing in this update while Ruth is off somewhere. Staff training was relentless, as always - but good, as always. Again I was in charge of training the 2nd year ministers, but I felt somewhat disconnected from them. One of the sessions I teach was canceled due to the need to discuss some other business. But the men teaching the other sessions did a great job. Mea... Read more...
By: David Green On Wednesday, 01 August 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I took the plunge! Wednesday I signed up for Facebook. I've resisted for a long time, and I'm still not sure how this will work - but Les Newsom (another area coordinator) convinced me I can do this without it swallowing up my whole life. So far today I've been inundated with notices as people sign up to be my "friend." Ruth is threatening to unspouse me if it keeps up! Along these lines, I've also started working with Jim Femister on a new website, this one focused on the Northeast. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 21 July 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We expected last week to be exhausting, and we were not disappointed. Ruth and I drove to Philadelphia after church and caught a plane to Atlanta. On Monday I had my monthly meeting with the other coordinators. That night we were oriented to assessment - RUF's evaluation of potential campus ministers. The next three days began at 6:30 am and ran until 10:00 pm without a break. Ruth and I were assigned to evaluate four men, but all the evaluators interacted with all 26 couples present. (One decid... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 16 July 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm getting an early start on this report because next week is going to be packed. Ruth and I will leave right after church to catch a flight for Atlanta. We'll be helping to assess 27 men and their wives for possible ministry with RUF. The most we have ever assessed at one time is 14, so this is going to be an intense week. My last report was two weeks ago. I've been at home most of that time, and you would think I had plenty of time to write a weekly report, but there is always so m... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 07 July 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We're home again. In case you're wondering, summer is definitely not a "down" time for RUF coordinators. It is nice to work more at home, though. The first week of June I was at new staff orientation. It was good to spend time with the new staff, but otherwise largely uneventful. On the night that area coordinators took their interns to dinner, Rod Mays (national coordinator for RUF) asked if he could join our group. Time arrived for our departure, and Rod was nowhere to be found. We ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 25 June 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm in the air again. This week I'll be in Atlanta for new staff orientation. I can say I accomplished the most important things last week, but I didn't get to everything. Early in the week we unpacked, did laundry, and resettled at home after almost a month away. We really loved our time in Florida with the staff and students at the RUF summer conference, but it's good to be home. In spite of almost constant rain during our absence, Stephen managed to hoe the garden once, so it actua... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 04 June 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We're back from Florida, and glad to be home after three weeks away! The last week of RUF Summer Conference was excellent. With 70 students it was much smaller, but that made it more personal. I led the seminar on evangelism and had good interaction with the students who attended. John Stone, the assistant coordinator, was the main speaker and was great as always. The weather continued to be mild and sunny - just as you like it. The only interruption to the week was that John began to... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 29 May 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's Sunday afternoon, and we're gearing up for week 3 of the RUF summer conference. Because of Memorial Day weekend, we need to leave Friday morning, so we're starting on Sunday this week. I just talked to Chris Garriott, who is in charge, and everything seems under control. In a few minutes I will go see how I can help. Last week was another superb conference. I had some valuable discussions with staff, including scoping out possible replacements for Kevin Nelson at Yale. Les Newsom... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 20 May 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Week 2 of the RUF summer conference is beginning! Staff started arriving yesterday, and the kick-off staff meeting begins in an hour. We had a great conference last week. The speaker, Jean Larroux, gave wonderful messages on "glorification." He reminded us that, as C.S. Lewis said, the man who is heavenly minded is more earthly good, not less. A highlight was time with my staff, and I attended the seminars they led. I also had time to chat about their ministry and family news. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 14 May 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm writing from our temporary home in Laguna Beach, Florida. I left Bethlehem Friday morning and drove as far as Spartanburg, SC. I finished the trip on Saturday. Ruth and Benjamin will be arriving later today. First the gardening news. I planted seeds on Monday, but it was a little cool for tomato and pepper plants. It was still early on Thursday when I returned from my trip, but I put them in anyway. This is the first time we've had a proper garden for several years! On ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 07 May 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
This is the last week of the spring semester for me. On Friday I will head down to Florida. Last week Ruth had to clean out the apartment of our friend who died, and I helped. We worked long hours each day, and finished by noon Thursday. What a good feeling! The end of the week featured office work and yard work. Last spring was so wet, I never got a garden planted. Over the summer I sprayed the weeds several times and exterminated the thistles and other pesky foliage. This spring i... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 29 April 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The past two weeks have been busy, but most of my travel for the semester is over now. I wrote my last post as I was on my way to Atlanta for a meeting of the coordinators two weeks ago (April 9). We had a productive time together. I returned on Wednesday and picked up the car to drive to Millersville, PA, to visit Rob and Jenny Ilderton. The ministry there has grown more in maturity than in numbers this year, but I think that will translate into some numerical growth next year. Rob a... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 24 April 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We're in the middle of an intense time, but God is good, and He is watching over us. For several weeks Ruth has been spending several hours each day with an old family friend who was dying. She has no family, and Ruth is her power of attorney and executrix of her estate. Ruth took three days at the end of March to go with me to Boston. We were joined by Rod Mays and his wife Debbe, with a local pastor and his wife. Our task was to evaluate John and Megan Meinen for possible RUF minist... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 09 April 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
A lot happened last week. I will summarize first. Then if you are still interested, you may continue reading. I left the house at 5:00 am Tuesday and flew to Mexico City to check on the RUF ministry there. Our plane arrived just as an earthquake was rocking Mexico, but it stopped in time for us to land successfully. There was some damage in Acapulco, but little in Mexico City. On Wednesday I flew to Guadalajara to see Larry Trotter, the MTW missionary in charge of their Mex... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 26 March 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's been quite a weekend. May weather enabled me to do yard work and spade the garden on Saturday. That lifted our spirits. But the really big celebration was Lehigh's historic victory over Duke in the NCAA basketball tournament Friday night. Absolutely unbelievable! The ecstasy turned to disappointment last night, however, when they lost to Xavier. But the week didn't begin on Friday. The focus last week was a campus visit to Lehigh - meeting with Scott Mitchell, dining with Scott a... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 19 March 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I spent most of last week in Atlanta. I arrived on Monday to meet with two other coordinators to work on clarifying some aspects of the area coordinators' job. Then we went out to dinner with the Permanent Committee. Tuesday the Permanent Committee heard reports on RUF's activities, reviewed RUF's finances, approved a new budget, approved several new campuses for starting RUF, and voted to retain Rod Mays as the national coordinator. (This vote is required, and they always re-elect Ro... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 13 March 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I learned that the oversight committee for the Potomac Presbytery would be meeting Tuesday morning. I had planned to leave for College Park, Maryland about 10:00, but with this news, I decided to leave soon after 7:00. I woke up with a cold which rapidly grew worse and made the drive unpleasant. I missed the meeting, but arrived in time to join the committee for lunch. My next appointment was with Doug Lee, head of chaplains for the Presbyterian Church in America. A former s... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 06 March 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I flew to Michigan to visit Shawn and Jami Newsome, working at Michigan State. Last year was slow. Beginning with no contacts, they finally got a Bible study going. This year they have two Bible studies, and they are excited about the prospects for this ministry. Unfortunately, their church in Lansing is struggling and faces an uncertain future. We spent a long time talking about how to move ahead in this situation. Pray for strength and guidance for Shawn and Jami. I flew h... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 27 February 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I took the grand tour of Iowa. Everything is spread out in the midwest, especially compared to the east. I landed in Omaha before noon and drove to the northwest corner of Iowa to meet the new chairman of the committee that plants churches and oversees the RUF ministry. I was excited to hear his vision for church planting and his enthusiasm for RUF. I spent the rest of the day crossing the state. The last two hours were treacherous driving in freezing rain, and I arrived late and tired... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 20 February 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
This semester is flying by, and last week seems like it was a month ago. The coordinators met all day Tuesday. Kathy Leedy is making steady progress improving office operations. We discussed staff placement, staff problems, and miscellaneous issues. We learned that we have 80 intern applications. That is double the usual number! The biggest discussion was how to handle assessing staff candidates who are ready to go to the field this summer but have not been through our July assessment... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 13 February 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I realize I have missed two weeks of these reports. This semester got off to a faster start than normal, and while it's been full of good news, it has been full! But to avoid taxing my reading public beyond patience, I will be brief. January 17-20 I went to New England. The first night I joined the first meeting of the new committee overseeing the RUF ministry at Brown University. It was a good meeting, but long - and I was able to help them in some of their decisions. The next mornin... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 06 February 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
There isn't a lot to report this week. We had a wonderful short vacation last week in Savannah. I got over the cold I had, but gave it to Ruth. She went to the RUF wives retreat in Atlanta over the weekend. The cold made the weekend difficult for her, but she was still very positive about the retreat. I flew home on Thursday, and Benjamin and I were bachelors for the weekend. Ruth returned last night. I originally planned this as an office week, but there is a meeting of the Southern ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 16 January 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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