Today was the first full day of the long-awaited Bob Russell Mentoring Retreat. It has certainly lived up to the hype. There are only 8 preachers plus Bob, so the quality time with him is something I never thought possible. In fact, after lunch today, the two other preachers who had been eating at our table left to return to their rooms, leaving Bob and I to have a short but personal conversation that was such a blessing to me. I had hoped that I would have an opporttunity to have such a discussion with him.
Bob spoke this morning on his top ten reasons ministry is so difficult. That morning session was followed up by Elizabeth Jeffries, a relationship strategist from Executive Mastery. We had taken an online behavioral / personality profile before arriving and she talked about how we can become better leaders as we understand how people tick - including ourselves.
We followed up by a trip to Churchhill Downs and the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. The highlight of the afternoon was certainly the VIP tour we got of the Louisville Slugger factory. Jack Hillerich, chairman of the board, took us on a personal tour of the facility where we ended up in the board room. Each preacher received his own personlized Louisville Slugger baseball bat with his name engraved. It was awesome! Bob's goal was for us to gleam leadership lessons from both organizations that could be translated to the church.
Our day concluded by a trip to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. My favoritet part was that I was abole tot eat like a king and didn't have to pay a dime:)
I'll try to post tomorrow.