Pastor's Note | Monday, April 15th1
I've been reflecting upon the wonder and blessing of Christian community this past week, prompted by all the ways I have been - and continue to be - blessed by the Good Shepherd family. It is an incredible thing to serve such a caring congregation! Truly, I wouldn't be who I am without you all.
Without you, the church, Cassie and I would be unable to navigate the quarterly payments and confusing tax codes for ministers.
Without you, the church, we wouldn't have an arsenal of able and willing babysitters who give freely of your time to watch our 2 year old, Moses.
Without you, quite simply, we wouldn't have any friends!
The doctrine of "the priesthood of all believers" - central to the Protestant Reformation - held that it's not just the ordained pastor types who minister in the name of Jesus. No, it's everyone who follows Jesus by faith! We all have spiritual gifts to share in the building up of our community.
Beginning Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30pm, we have an opportunity to engage how that process works. This 5-week class entitled Sticky Faith will help parents (and anyone else who is interested!) raise children who have a vibrant, growing Christian faith. One of their central tenets is explicated by the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child." This saying, made famous by Hillary Clinton's book of the same name, is central to what it means to be the church. Maybe we could say "it takes a church to make a Christian."
The authors of the study which led to the Sticky Faith curriculum have found that the more adults involved in the lives of children and adolescents, the better their faith will "stick." I know that was the case for me! In fact, I know that continues to be the case for me!
May we continue to be and become this "village" of Jesus followers who connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love, thereby enabling others to connect, grow and serve along with us.
To learn more about or register for our Sticky Faith class, click here!
Grace and Peace,