For those of you who participated in the Network Study, this story will be familiar, but it’s worth repeating:
Once upon a time... right after creation... all the animals got together and formed a school. They established a well-rounded curriculum of swimming, running, climbing, and flying.
The duck excelled at swimming. In fact, he was better than the instructor! But he only make passing grades in climbing and was poor in running. He was so slow, he had to stay after school to practice running. This caused his webbed feet to become so badly worn he became only average in swimming.
The rabbit was at the top of her class in running. But after a while, she developed a twitch in her leg from all the time she spent in the water trying to improve her swimming.
The squirrel was a peak performer in climbing, but was constantly frustrated in flying class. His body became so worn from all the hard landings he did not do too well in climbing and ended up being pretty poor in running.
The eagle was a continual problem student. She was constantly disciplined for being a nonconformist. In climbing class, she would always beat everyone else to the top of the tree, but insisted on using her own way to get there.
In a couple of weeks we are holding an informational meeting to talk about my and Pastor Tim’s roles at JPC. All the elders have met and we are really excited about our plan! Earlier this year many of you went through the Network study. This study had a big impact on the discussions that Tim and I had as we talked about our roles at JPC. We realized that we don’t share the same top spiritual gifts, we have different styles, but we are united in our passion. So our question was, how do we both work in the areas where we are gifted. Or, in other words, we don’t want to be like rabbits trying to fly!
We believe that when everyone is are using their spiritual gifts in a way that fits their personality, for God’s glory, our efforts will be multiplied. And we need to multiply our efforts. God has given us something good–the knowledge that the power of sin is broken and that he is restoring broken, sinful people to himself. As a church we want everyone in this valley to have the opportunity to hear this good news, and there is a lot of work left to be done. This is an effort that is too big for just one person, or even one church. But we serve a God who took a few loaves of bread and two fish and fed 5,000 people. We are excited for this journey! Are you ready to join us?
Serving with you,