In part 2 of this series on six marks of a church culture that deeply changes lives, Pete explores integrity in leadership. When we have integrity in leadership, we do not pretend to be something on the outside that we are not on the inside. Pete looks at integrity as a continuum, examines what it means to guard the integrity of the ministry or family we lead, and finally offers a few pointers on practical ways to raise the level of your own integrity that will inevitably impact those you lead.
Christians often perceive that a true missionary calling must be to the other side of the world. For some, this is a reality. For others, their own backyard is their mission field. Situated 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington, Whidbey Island isn’t exactly top of the list for church planters. Yet for Matthew and Stephanie Erikson, this small town is precisely where they were called to be.
Over the next few posts we will be looking specifically at Families and their role within gospel increase. This is an important aspect of Look In because it requires an introspective review of what God has already placed right in front of you to help guide, nourish, and cherish. As a Father or a Mother, your role and how you understand its position is actually vital to making disciples.
The Smiths spend most of the rest of their time trying to catch up with “life maintenance”—housework, shopping, paying bills, yard work, running errands, and all the rest. They almost always feel behind or overwhelmed. They genuinely want to serve the Lord in and through His church. They have a good sense of the biblical priorities in life, but they struggle with what often seems too many priorities.
As opposed to viewing children as a barrier, let’s view them as a blessing. Yes, it’s chaotic. Yes, it can drive us crazy. But, despite that, let’s model graciousness in our families and groups towards our children. After all, what must God think of our messy lives? The Father looks down and extends grace, rather than becoming irritated with us.
Increasing our Gospel Footprint is sometimes neglected in our closest contexts, namely, our own families. We can forget that we not only have the responsibility to our loved ones, but also that a family can have a purpose and a mission to bring light to the community and to future generations. Our definition of family matters immensely because it shapes the way that we minister to and with our spouse and children.