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I'm on vacation this week, but I want to give you a report on our RUF coordinators retreat last week. We met in Greenville, SC from Tuesday to Thursday last week. Our purpose was to discuss the direction of RUF and to give better definition to our roles. It was intense! We began at 7:30 and worked all day with only brief breaks. But I think it was extremely productive. We learned a lot about each other, and thought about possibilities for the future of RUF. Most of what we discussed w... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 09 January 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Happy New Year! I hope you are having a pleasant Christmas holiday and are looking forward to a new year full of God's blessings. Our family had a wonderful time, but it's back to work - even though we still have three days of the Christmas season left. Peter, Megan, and Elijah are back at Wheaton and Peter begins class on Thursday. Christopher left Saturday on his way to the Congo. Ruth and Benjamin are back to school, and I am traveling to South Carolina. This week we are having our... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 03 January 2012 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
How silently, how silently The wondrous gift is giv'n! As God imparts to human hearts The blessings of his heav'n. As I was doing a few errands yesterday, I watched people hustling along with their shopping, busily ringing up the purchases, and hurrying home with their treasures. Some seemed truly to believe that Christmas is about God come in the flesh to save them. Others clearly did not - a Muslim woman, a Hindu man. And many did not display their belie... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 24 December 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's the beginning of a new week, and the end of a semester. I last wrote as I was on my way to staff training in Dallas two weeks ago. That week was as packed as I suspected it would be. I was in charge of training second year ministers. I led the opening session and morning devotions, but other ministers did the rest of the teaching. Meanwhile I was meeting with most of the staff I supervise to discuss their plans for spring semester. I also squeezed in time for a few other ministers who asked... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 19 December 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm not in the air this time! In an hour I'll be flying to Texas for winter staff training. Now I'm just hanging out in the Newark Airport. The first part of last week was wonderful! Ruth went to Atlanta with me for the monthly coordinators meeting. It is so much fun to have her along! We accomplished a lot in the meeting, then had a Christmas party. On Wednesday we rushed back for Ruth's co-op class. That's when we learned that our car was shot. We also learned that the fa... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 04 December 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm in the air again, this time to Atlanta for a coordinators meeting. This trip is more fun than most, because Ruth is coming along! Last Monday I went to Dover, Delaware, to meet the pastors of a church there. Jonathan and Kenny are eager to start RUF at Delaware State University, one of the nation's oldest predominantly black universities. The campus is compact and mainly residential, with few campus ministries. This appears to be a golden opportunity to reach a significant group o... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 28 November 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I've finished visiting all the campus ministers I supervise! It's been a good semester. It's great to see men growing in their ministry skills, and to see groups growing on campus. Last week I kept ahead of the cold weather. Everywhere I went it was beautiful, followed by colder temperatures after I left. Even Minnesota was warm and sunny! I had a good time with Chad and Christie Brewer, and their intern, Nicole. Chad is an expert gatherer, and he has a huge list of people who are com... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 21 November 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I left you last week as I was flying to Atlanta for the monthly Coordinators meeting. I had had a good time with the New England staff on Monday. The Coordinators meeting was very productive. We are implementing a new program for reimbursing expenses which promises to save a lot of time and hassle. We discussed at length some changes to our meetings which will streamline things. We discussed new staff positions. We cleared up confusion about some other staff positions. Kathy Leedy, our office ma... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 14 November 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I was in Illinois until Thursday. First I met with Luke and Janet Miedema at Northwestern University. Luke is covering Northwestern part-time this year while he finishes his seminary training. He and Janet seem to be doing well, although this is their busiest year ever. The ministry at Northwestern also is doing well - a testimony to the excellent work of Jason Harris who started the group. Pray for Luke and Janet as they seek God's will for them after this year. On to Ur... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 08 November 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week's intern training was great! I think my part went well, and the interns were encouraged by their time together. I also enjoyed conversation with other coordinators. The ministry at the University of Maryland is storming ahead! They had the best freshman outreach yet, and large group meetings have increased. Chris gave a great sermon on Wednesday, and the new worship leader seems perfect for the job. Chris has several potential Bible study leaders in training, but at the rate... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 31 October 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm back in Atlanta for intern training. I have a break this afternoon while the interns are in prayer groups. I had wonderful visits last week to Penn State and University of Pittsburgh. I already reported that Alex Watlington added 30 new members to his group this fall, and they are closing in on 100 in a couple of years. On Wednesday I drove to Pittsburgh to see Derek and Luda Bates and discovered that Derek also has added 30 new members to his group. What's remarkable about this i... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 24 October 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The next few weeks are going to be the busiest of the fall, but I'm going to try to keep up with this report. I had a good trip to Nebraska and Iowa last week. Steve Allen has a solid understanding of how to minister at Nebraska. At Iowa Josh Vahle and I met a fascinating cast of characters. Josh has an amazing ability to minister to all sorts of people. Pray for God to continue to develop these men as ministers of the gospel. Friday on my way home the bus line lost my suitcase. In ad... Read more...
By: David Green On Wednesday, 19 October 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday I drove to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport to catch a plane for Atlanta. That night and Tuesday the coordinators and the office staff met with the RUF Permanent Committee, which is like our board of directors. That was an encouraging time. On Wednesday the coordinators discussed how to improve the budget process, insurance options, placing new ministers, and other matters. It was a profitable time, but a lot is involved in leading a ministry this large. Pray for us! ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 10 October 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I had a good trip to Michigan and Indiana. This is the second year for Shawn and Jami Newsome at Michigan State - and they are going through the same learning process as all second year staff. They learn a huge amount their first year, and think the second year will see strong growth. Instead, they discover how much they have yet to learn. Shawn is disappointed that some students have dropped out of his ministry - but those students were not solidly connected anyway. Recently three men... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 04 October 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
My last report was from the air as I was on my way to a meeting of RUF Coordinators in Atlanta, September 13. We had a pleasant and productive meeting, and they provided some valuable advice for a situation I am facing. Peter arrived that Wednesday and Christopher came on Thursday. We all rendezvoused in Annapolis on Friday for the wedding rehearsal, and Saturday Daniel married Ginny Sleights! There was a threat of rain, but God heard our prayers and granted us a dry morning for the o... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 26 September 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Today I'm on my way to Atlanta for a Coordinators meeting. I love this in-flight internet service. I'm not half a day behind when I arrive somewhere. Last week I was in Mexico from Monday to Thursday. I always enjoy my visits there. Peter Dishman and Zurielly Martinez are very hospitable, and the students are always happy to see me, even though I speak no Spanish and for many of them their English is halting. They found a new, brighter room for their large group meeting, and Peter gav... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 12 September 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Fall travel has begun! I'm on my way to Mexico for my first campus visit of the semester. There's always more to do in the office, but I'm satisfied with what we accomplished in these weeks at home. Computer maintenance is finished, and I think we're in good shape for a while. All travel arrangements are made except for the last week of the semester. (I'm waiting for some information before I can plan that week.) I started working on December staff training. I spent a lot of time work... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 05 September 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I've got to get out of this office! The longer I stay here, the more the work multiplies. I guess the truth is that I become more aware of all that ought to be done. But I'm on the road again this week. Let's see, it's hard to recite what goes into a week in the office in a way that sounds like work! I almost finished the computer maintenance needed to keep things humming this year. It's boring and tedious, but I don't want to have to deal with computer issues during the school year. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 29 August 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I have a cold. I guess I got it from Ruth, who had it the last two weeks. I hope it passes before travel begins in earnest. Last week's coordinators' meeting was the longest anyone can remember - and that's without our most talkative member! As always we discussed difficult staff situations around the country, and thought about possible staff for campus positions that are open or soon might be. We heard a presentation of a new program for filing expense reports which should save us ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 22 August 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm in the air on my way to Atlanta for the monthly coordinators meeting. We sat on the runway for one and a half hours. Fortunately I don't have a deadline when I arrive. If you prayed for my efforts at planning my fall travel, your prayers were answered. I'm not entirely happy with the plan, but it's the best I can do. The next three months are packed, and yet some of the ministers are not getting as much time as I wish. Details will be worked out as we go, but the broad contou... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 15 August 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I've reviewed all the staff plans for the fall semester, and I'm satisfied that the campus ministers are squarely on track for a very fruitful semester. Six men are entering their fourth year in RUF, and their growth in the past three years is obvious. Now it's time to start praying in earnest for the new school year. Classes start today at the University of Mexico! Most other schools will start in two or three weeks. So last week I was supposed to plan my fall travel schedule. Ha! I ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 08 August 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week was packed, as usual for staff training. I flew into Atlanta Sunday night and began with a 7:30 am meeting on Monday. Former RUF minister Jeremy Jones taught for me in the 2nd year ministers track all day Monday. I popped in to see Jeremy a few times during the day. Otherwise I was meeting with some of the men under my supervision. I try to see each of them during the week to review their July report and discuss plans for the fall. That was the pattern for the rest of the w... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 01 August 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm flying to Atlanta for RUF staff training. It's going to be a big week; my first event is at 7:30 tomorrow morning.Last week Ruth, Benjamin, and I had a delightful visit with Peter, Megan, and Elijah. We flew to Chicago last Saturday and returned on Friday. The weather was very hot and muggy, but Elijah is, to quote Ruth, "very cute even when he is very bad." His badness is just not quite mastering the complex art of sleeping at the right times yet. He is a very serious baby, who ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 25 July 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
My apologies to my devoted readers  for missing this post last week. On Monday we were up at 5:00 am to catch a flight to Atlanta for RUF assessment. I was thrilled that Ruth went along this time! Assessment started with breakfast on Tuesday, but I had a Coordinators meeting at 1:00 Monday. Ruth and I drove to Philadelphia to catch our flight, and arrived at the hotel in Atlanta just in time to check in and walk into the meeting on time. Ruth got me some lunch and delivered it to the meetin... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 18 July 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I took another short trip last week, this time to visit the RUF committee chairman in Baltimore. I also visited Steven Badorf and some supporters. Steve is working hard to raise additional support. He needs your prayers. Otherwise I worked on preparation for assessment coming up next week, and staff training at the end of the month. Assessment is a three day evaluation of potential RUF campus ministers. I will be helping us consider how personality figures into placing them on a campu... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 05 July 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's nice to be home for a few weeks! The big excitement around here last week was getting a new computer to replace one of our ancient and semi-not-working ones. Benjamin completed some office work for me to help earn part of the cost, since he will be using it a lot. And on Saturday we did a lot of weeding in the back yard. This week I hope to hit the worst of the weeds with some lethal poison. RUF-wise, I met with the local RUF committee on Monday, had lunch with area pastors, and ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 27 June 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
How work expands to fill the time! Last week I had two big priorities: a newsletter, and a plan for second year staff training. I finished the newsletter and sent it to the printer on Friday. (If you are not on the mailing list, and want to be, email Karen.Brown@ruf.org.) The training plan did not get finished until Saturday night. Meanwhile, I am always surprised at how many things come up around here. Maybe people check m... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 20 June 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I attended the General Assembly of our church, the Presbyterian Church in America. As a delegate I heard reports and voted on decisions facing us. As an RUF coordinator, I spent the week meeting with people connected with our ministry. Last Sunday I drove to Maryland and had dinner with Daniel and Ginny, his fiancee. Monday morning I got an early start and braved the D.C. rush hour traffic to get to Virginia Beach by 1:00. That afternoon I was present with the committee that... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 13 June 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I was in Atlanta all last week for new staff orientation. In my area there was Lucas Dourado, Nicole Houfek, and Samantha Lambeth. Lucas is the new campus minister at University of Connecticut, taking over from Joey Pensak. Joey is moving to Burlington, Vermont, to start a new church. Nicole and Samantha are interns. Nicole just graduated from the University of Nebraska and will be going to the University of Minnesota. Samantha graduated from Johnson and Wales University in North Carolina and wi... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 07 June 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The last week of RUF's summer conference was a great success. It was much smaller than the first two weeks because only a few schools were available then, but that made it more intimate. As always, the messages and seminars were outstanding. Steven Badorf taught a seminar on world views, Chris Garriott on the reliability of the Bible, Chad Brewer on decision making and guidance, and Rob Ilderton on prayer, and I taught on evangelism. I enjoyed having so many of my team present, and Ruth and I ha... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 30 May 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
RUF's summer conference week three is well under way. Yes, the sun is still shining, light breezes are blowing, and the water is delightful! Last week we had fewer students than the first week of summer conference, but still we packed the meeting room. Great music, great teaching, a great week all around. Chad Brewer (U of Minnesota) was emcee, and was a huge hit! Josh Vahle (U of Iowa) led an inspiring seminar on rest. Ross Dixon (U of Missouri) was conference director. The guy in ch... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 23 May 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ruth and Benjamin have left for the beach to see the campus ministers' wives and children, while the ministers and interns are getting ready for the second week of RUF's summer conference. It's still warm and sunny here, but it hasn't always been that way. Last Tuesday we had a very productive Coordinators meeting. We discussed some ongoing problems, but also made real progress on some future plans. I attended the seminars taught by Derek Bates on Science and Faith, and Steve Allen on... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 16 May 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm writing from sunny Panama City Beach, Florida, where I'll be stationed for the next three weeks. In case you're wondering, the sun is shining, there is a cool breeze, and the water is perfect. Great conditions for the first RUF summer conference of the year! I do not typically have specific responsibilities during these weeks. The campus ministers and interns run the conferences well on their own. My focus is on spending time with the staff I supervise. I also pitch in when some s... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 09 May 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week flew by! It seems like I spent a lot of time on the phone or email every day. Perhaps that's because I'm hard to reach other times. I met with a seminary student in Philadelphia who is interested in RUF, and worked on cleaning up my address book. I prepared a sermon for the wedding of Hans Agarwal and Hannah West, and delivered it at their wedding yesterday. You may remember Hans as the man who has been an enormous help to the RUF ministry at Lehigh University for the last 10 years. A ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 02 May 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Everyone is concerned about safety in Mexico - except the Mexicans! I saw no violence or concern about it while I was there. Except in my room. I had a room to myself during the retreat, which was very helpful since I spent much of each day preparing for the next day's message. On Friday the staff had gone grocery shopping in town and I was working on my message. I looked over to the wall and saw a large black spot, the size of a tennis ball. I walked over and discovered a huge spider... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 25 April 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
As I suspected, last week I had no access to the internet, so today I will catch you up on the past two weeks. I flew to Detroit and drove to Lansing, Michigan on the 12th to see Shawn Newsome at Michigan State. He and Jami appear to be settled in fairly well. They have one Bible study going, and are ready for a big push in the fall. I also met with their pastor and committee chairman while there. Pray for freshmen to come to Michigan State and join RUF. On to St. Paul, whe... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 25 April 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I've been working at home today. I'm trying to get everything in order for my next trip, which will be a long one. Last week's main event was my trip to Atlanta for the monthly meeting of all the Coordinators. At our March meeting we spent most of a day placing all the new interns on campuses. Everyone seems happy with intern placement. This time we spent a lot of time talking with Kathy Leedy about how we organize the office. Kathy joined us this winter as a consultant and office manag... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 11 April 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm in the air again, this time to Atlanta for a meeting with the other Coordinators. Last week I went to Maryland to visit the University of Maryland in College Park, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Chris Garriott and his interns Elvis and Tiffany had just returned from the spring break mission trip to Chicago and were full of stories about this adventure. It was an eye-opener for most of the students and a bonding experience for the group. This ministry continues to grow in size and... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 04 April 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
In a few minutes I will be heading down to Maryland to visit campuses there. Last week I did not go anywhere. Well, I did go to Philadelphia on Tuesday to meet with some pastors, but that is a short trip. It was a week to catch up on office work, visit Lehigh University here in Bethlehem, and write a newsletter. Overall it was a fair week. I got a quick virus on Monday which slowed me down for part of the week. Scott Mitchell at Lehigh caught pneumonia a few weeks ago, so I spoke a... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 28 March 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I am not typing this on an airplane or a bus. I know that for my regular readers this may be hard to believe, but it's true. I will be working at home this week. My trip last week was packed, but good. Ross Dixon's ministry at the University of Missouri is going great. I enjoyed participating in one of his Bible studies and meeting a lot of his students. The main issue facing him now is how to build on the solid growth this year, and keep expanding next year. Pray for Ross as he w... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 21 March 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I was in Atlanta from Monday to Thursday. It was the semi-annual meeting of the Permanent Committee, which is like the church's board of directors for RUF. On Monday we covered the regular business: the coordinators' reports, financial reports, committee reports, policy questions, etc. We had a lot to do, but sped through it and ended early in the evening. We devoted Tuesday to a delicate issue which has come up. We were very happy that the discussion of a difficult subject was conduct... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 14 March 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The past two weeks have been packed, which is why I missed last week's report. Two weeks ago I flew to snowy Chicago to visit Jason and Ashley Harris at Northwestern University. This was my second trip there, and I enjoyed spending some time with a couple of the students. One is a cellist and speaks fluent French. Jason and Ashley have a good ministry at Northwestern. Pray that it may grow in size and influence. Next stop, Purdue University in Indiana. This is the second year for Br... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 07 March 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week as I flew back from Atlanta, I noticed the expansive countryside covered by snow. The vast whiteness was broken occasionally by thin, insignificant black lines - a reminder of roads down on the surface. When it snows, we become so preoccupied with removing it from the roads and sidewalks, it's almost as if we can't stand to have any snow on the surface. But for 99% of the earth's surface, snow covering is a great blessing. It protects the plants from the full force of the cold, and pro... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 21 February 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm reporting again from the plane, as I return to the Mid-West to visit campus ministers. Last week I flew to Atlanta for a meeting of all the Coordinators. We missed our January meeting due to a snowstorm in Atlanta, so it was good to see everyone again. We discussed progress and problems in all parts of the country. Pray for wisdom as we lead RUF, particularly for Rod Mays, national coordinator. At dinner that evening we entertained ourselves with John Stone's question: if you returned to bei... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 21 February 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm flying to Atlanta for a meeting of the RUF Coordinators tomorrow. Last week was very good, but full.My destination was Connecticut, but I stopped in New York on the way on Monday to see Michael Keller and Nina Granberry. Michael is the campus minister for the RUF ministry at several campuses in New York City. We had a great time discussing the Mid-Atlantic training conference he attended the previous weekend, and how to create a ministry that trains people. Michael's ministry is ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 14 February 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I am typing this while watching the Super Bowl. Keeping up with this weekly report may be even more difficult than I expected... I had wonderful visits with Josh Vahle and Steve Allen last week. Josh is rebuilding the group at University of Iowa, and it is encouraging to see new people coming out to RUF events and church. I met with Josh's pastor and we discussed how to maximize the interaction between RUF and the congregation. Pray for Josh to inspire his students with a vision of Je... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 06 February 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm back with your weekly dose of RUF news! This weekly report fell into disuse last year. I did not anticipate how crowded my schedule would be, and I never worked this report into my weekly routine. I plan now to revive it for your reading pleasure! At present I am responsible for 19 campuses. I was able to visit each one in the fall, but it did take every available week. The spring should be less hectic. I am still maintaining my travel calendar in case you are interested in tracki... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 31 January 2011 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm back, after a long break. Some of my absence from this site was holiday, but the rest was work. Here is a fast review of things since my last post. December: RUF slows down as the holidays approach. All of our family and all of Ruth's siblings except her brother Peter were here for Christmas -- a good time as always, On Dec. 26 we drove to Pittsburgh with Peter and Megan for the wedding of Lehigh alums Katie Weber and Jeff Shaw on the following day. Then we visited my family in Ma... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 02 February 2010 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
When I left you, I was in the office plowing through reports and email other neglected tasks. On Wednesday before Thanksgiving I met with several people in Philadelphia to discuss beginning RUF at University of Pennsylvania. I was very encouraged! There appears to be an enthusiasm for this work. Pray for God to bless and guide us as we seek His will in this matter. All of the Greens except Peter and Megan, and all of Ruth's brothers were here for Thanksgiving -- 19 people in all. We h... Read more...
By: David Green On Friday, 18 December 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The big news is that I stayed home all last week. My only travel was a day trip to Willow Grove (near Philadelphia) for presbytery on Saturday. After a semester full of travel you would think that a week home would either enable me to catch up on everything, or that I would get bored. Neither happened. I am always amazed at how long it takes to do simple projects. I went to the dentist, hung some blinds, finished some woodwork, and other household chores that had been long neglected. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 24 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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