Believing in People

Believing in People
I’ve been thinking about a few things lately.  What is the goal of a church?  Traditionally we design structures and models that will facilitate church health and growth.  So far our house church exists more for the people than for itself.  I was talking about this at lunch with Randall a few days ago.  If the house church I’m a part of disbands in a year but everyone leaves a better person than they are right now the church has been a stunning success. 

Randall has become a pastor to me in many ways.  I appreciate him, and so do many others around here. 

Jeremy Olson is someone that many of my peers might have disregarded.  He was even rejected for denominational education funding because they had reservations about his calling in ministry.  Jer had been known for pushing buttons at the school.  He was unashamedly radical in his thinking about God and church.  He has offended and frightened a few.

I am very glad that I never started doubting that guy.  He has been a great asset to our church.  He shows more and more maturity all the time.  He has a willingness to face issues head on, and to grow through each experience.  I think the people that questioned his call to ministry, if that is what you would call it, were really out to lunch.  In some ways some people prefer their church leaders to be nice cookie cutter Christians that will faithfully run programs.

  1. #1 by Jer Olson on October 25, 2003 - 2:23 am

    I really appreciate your encouragement and acceptance when I was going through a time where more Christians should have cared for me. You and Joel, and eventually just you were my only ray of hope last year and for that I am ever grateful. Thank-you for journeying thus far with me.

    I am pleased to journey with you down the roads we travel together and I anticipate our meetings with joy. Ebeneezer.

  2. #2 by James on October 25, 2003 - 6:21 pm

    …LT I don’t know you…But I do know Jer, and I know this…That he is man of God beyond most…And has been through things that most people are so scared of that they draw away from him, I think this is true anyways. But yea…He was one of the ones who showed me who Jesus was, not by telling me who he is but by showing me.

  3. #3 by Paul on October 25, 2003 - 11:54 pm

    Brian McLaren has suggested that the primary reason we go to church is to change the world. Going to church for ourselves or for the church are secondary. YFC National Conference

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