So this past week - in the amazing warm weather for the first week of November (in the 50's) I've taken a few hours each day to slowly but surely work on it.
Monday, my mom went with me to pick out some shrubs and bulbs and then helped me do some clearing. Throughout the week I've dug out stumps, removed the plastic underlayer, pulled weeds, broke a shovel and have some nasty bruises to show for my work.
Then yesterday - the shrubs went in the ground. There are two "fire chief" conifers, a blueberry plant, and a mandarin azaela. Today after the Iowa game I will probably be working on planting some tulip, crocus and dafodill bulbs.
As I try to nurture leadership development - I have to get myself out of the way and pull up my roots so that there is room for new leaders to emerge. I'm thinking about various ways to encourage new growth in the congregation and to fertilize those who have said yes, but aren't sure of their new surroundings. A leadership retreat is definately in my plans - but I'm also thinking about restructuring our meeting arrangements so that more than one group meets at once, and I move between groups. Not having me to rely on means that others will have to take over the reigns - but I can also be there when they do need me. My real task needs to be working with leaders, not running the meetings.
That arrangement would also free up more time to meet individually with leaders in the congregation, do the visitation of our homebound members, and build relationships with our youth and families.