My Trip to Atlanta: Life Changing

The Cadre: Phoenix Fall Retreat

I’ve mentioned it before, but I am in a youth ministry mentoring program with Jeanne Mayo called The Cadre. It is a program where Jeanne mentors youth pastors all over the country and twice during the year you get to fly down to her house to hang out with her and the other youth pastors in the group. If I had to summarize my 3-day experience in Atlanta in two words it would be: Life Changing. I won’t go into detail on everything we did (if you’d like to know ask me in person), but I would like to leave you with some lessons I learned and some things God did in my heart:

The Power of Love – if I had to describe Jeanne Mayo in a word, it’d be love. As I watched hundreds of people call her “mom”, I realized the power of loving others. She is a mom to everyone that comes into her life. I asked Jeanne how she got to where she is today and her response was, “I’ve made the decision to add value to people everyday”. In other words – she chose to love people everyday and as a result thousands of teenagers, twenty somethings, and youth pastors lives have been changed.

The Power of Family – I love learning about raising great families (because I’m preparing for mine!!!). As I looked around Jeanne’s house I could tell family was at the top of her priority list.
One thing that really stuck out to me was a “Mayo Family Creed” a document with 11 or 12 principles on it that defined their family and that they live by. The whole family had to sign it and at her sons wedding, he got a framed copy and had his wife sign it (that fires me up!). Her son actually wrote a book on how he was raised… they were very strategic with raising their family and it worked – I can’t wait for mine!

The Power of Relationships – One of the things I enjoyed the most about the trip was forming and building new relationships. I met pastors and students from all over the country who love God. I would have paid a million dollars for that part of the experience. Having friends that I can go to that don’t know everything going on in Pittsburgh and I can be totally transparent with and they’ll love me for who I am. I love everybody I met!

The Power of Refreshment – I’m now convinced that we need to take retreats once or twice a year away from everything and just take time reflecting on our lives, meeting new people, and get refreshed. This was one of those weeks!

My Future Wife – Someone spoke into my life about this – they said… You think having a wife will fill a need in you only God can fill. Unless you fill that void with God, you’ll get married and be terribly disappointed because you’d be expecting your wife to fill a void that she was never created to fill. (Sick stuff!)

The Unlimited Potential of Young People – There were over 80 Masters Commission students ages 18-23 serving us for the week. These are some incredible people who love God with all of their heart. Seeing what God was doing in and through them go me so pumped up I can’t even put it into words. They are all going to go on and be world changers – we really do need to believe in the upcoming generation.

Respect – Jeanne “slapped” me in this face with this one. She said, “Some of you are sarcastic and try being funny all the time because that is how you find security. You need to quit that – if you want people to respect you and take you seriously – grow up and be secure in who you are.” That hit me deep… reminds me of the whole “Am I going to be a leader or a clown” lesson.

Wherever you are – Be there – Jeanne stressed this principle! This is something I struggle with – a thousand things always going through my mind and I’m not always “there”. She not only taught it, but modeled it. Making every second count – I need to work on this.

Legacy – The Cadre (youth pastor mentoring) is the legacy Jeanne Mayo wants to leave behind. A legacy of raising up leaders who will raise up leaders and change the world. It was amazing to see this unfolding before my eyes – I was seeing a legacy being lived out. I would love to do a mentoring group like this one day… What do you want your legacy to be?

I learned about 10,o00 other things and had one of the most incredible experiences of my life at Jeanne’s. I wish I could go on, but once again, I’ve seemed to blog too much!!! I’ll probably have more to come on this series… stay tuned.

Ask anything Friday tomorrow…get ready!

Love you guys – I missed all of you! – Bubs


6 Responses

  1. PL,

    I love you so much brother! I’ll never be able to put into words how grateful I am for having you in my life. You’ll always be the one who gave me my one start on my way to an eternal finish. You changed my life forever by choosing to invest in me. Thank you for enabling me to enjoy my journey.

    I love you,


    P.S. We have to hang out soon… I miss the Courts!!!

  2. Bubba,
    You rock! I am so glad it was life changing! You are truly amazing my friend. Judy

    P.S. Don’t forget to help me get up to speed on techno stuff if I don’t accomplish it on my own by Spring.

  3. Hey,
    Glad u are back and you had good time! I must say though that while you were away I missed your blog! I kept logging on and realizing o yea Bubba isn’t blogging this week 🙁 so yea keep it up!

  4. Judy!! Good to hear from you!!! I miss you already!! I’ll send you an e-mail to catch you up to speed!!! Thank you so much for everything you do! You’re making a huge difference in so many lives! I love ya!!


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