It was all over social media yesterday.
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This past Tuesday, Mark Driscoll (church planter, pastor, author, speaker, evangelist), stepped down from ministry at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. After 18 years of ministry service, yet recent months of public scrutiny, he submitted his resignation.
Driscoll stated, “By God’s grace I have pastored Mars Hill Church for 18 years. Today, also by God’s grace, and with the full support of my wife Grace, I resign my position as a pastor and elder of Mars Hill. I do so with profound sadness, but also with complete peace.“
Think of the last time you saw this sign on the inside of a restaurant, right at your table. I was in a fast-food chain restaurant (shall remain nameless) with a friend on Saturday morning.
These small placards were pinned up at each table on our side. “Well, I’m glad we sat in non-smoking!” I thought to myself sarcastically.
There’s this hymn titled, “How Great Thou Art.”
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Have you ever heard of it? If you’ve grown up in Christian circles, you’ve definitely heard it. Moreover, you’ve likely sung it a dozen times, or more like 100 times.
It is one of those hymns that’s still hanging on. Despite the writing and distribution of amazing contemporary worship songs, How Great Thou Art shows up regularly in church services all over the world.
Receiving hospitality feels great.
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That moment when someone has gone out of their way, to make us feel welcomed and comfortable. When we feel like we belong in a place that is not our home. Generosity given in abundance, outside of what would ever be expected.
We went camping this past weekend.
Our family tried out a campground called Fox Lake, located an hour outside of Whitehorse. It was awesome.
Moreover, there was no cell service or wifi. It really helped me unplug, unwind and focus on my wife and boys for a couple of days.
Our family had so much fun. Fishing, chopping wood, reading, picking berries and of course, popping popcorn over the campfire.
Ministry needs team perspective.
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In Ecclesiastes 4, we read that, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” (4:9-10a)
In my opinion, this biblical truth aligns perfectly within team perspective. The success of a team approach has been proven to me time and time again. Keeping in mind, that being part of a team is still hard work.
When culture changes, organizations have to adapt. If an organization wants to continue to fulfil its mandate year after year, change must take place.
As Canadians, we have seen this lived out within our beloved fast food chain, Tim Horton’s. Almost all of them are being renovated towards a more cafe look. All in all, at atmosphere that spends the message, “Stay a while.“
But how long should we stay? Considering the instalment of USB supported outlets in every booth, the message seems to be, “As long as you want.”