By Steve Lammers
Before I was hired as the Youth Pastor, one of the documents I was given was a paper from the Youth Task Force which included a section on the “Values of Creekside’s Youth Ministry”. Now that I’m two months into the job, I thought it might be helpful to share those values with you and make a few comments about what we’re trying to do to live them out in the youth ministry. So what follows are some quotes from the paper interspersed with a few of my own thoughts…
By Steve Gregg
Babette’s Feast has been a go-to movie in the Gregg house for years. It is a film taken from a short story by Isak Dinesan, better known for writing Out of Africa. Babette’s Feast is set in a small Scandanvian fishing village and centers around the lives of a widowed pastor and his 2 daughters. The pastor leads a small devoted group of followers who focus their lives on acts of service and intense piety. The daughters are discouraged from marrying in order to give themselves to a life of self-denying service. After the death of the father, a stranger comes to the village seeking refuge, which she finds with the sisters, who by his time are spinsters. Unbeknownst to the sisters, the stranger is Babette, a famous chef from Paris. As an act of gratitude for providing sanctuary, she decides to cook a feast for the sisters and the few remaining followers of their father in his honor.
By Michael Roop
What comes into your mind when you hear the word membership? Insider deals and exclusive access? Monthly dues? Country clubs and gyms?
Above all else, wherever this word is used, it offers an opportunity to belong. And isn’t that what we all desire? I would argue that it’s a need our Creator wove into the very fabric of our beings– the need to belong, to be fully known and fully accepted by a community of people.
And yet, when the idea of membership is applied to the local church, why are we tempted to run for the hills? Most likely, it has to do with a movement within Western, particularly American, Christianity that is just over two generations old.
By Michael Roop
We wrap up our four-week series on Creekside’s values by looking at our value for mission. Admittedly, this is a trendy word churches everywhere love to use, which highlights the need for a little definition and nuance. What do we mean by that word? Sending missionaries overseas? Reaching out to our neighbors? Being united under a common statement of purpose?
The answer is d) all of the above.
When Jesus left the earth, He left marching orders for His followers: make disciples of all nations by baptizing and teaching. We believe that these orders are not just for the for paid church staff or our supported missionaries, but for every member of the global, “big-C” Church.