John F. Kennedy says, “Leadership and learning are indispensable of each other.” John Stott quotes, “The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.”
I am learning to be a leader and in leading, I am learning. I am beginning to understanding that leading is a very humbling experience. Humility means listening to others and learning from others, and an understanding that we are all gifted in different ways. Leadership involves collaboration and communication with those who are in leadership roles, regardless of what those leadership roles might be. As Elders, we have been listening and wish to slowly make a leadership change at Damascus Road, and we want to hear from you if you have any concerns. We understand that a part of leadership is sometimes moving in collaboration as we make critical decisions.
Here is the leadership direction we are in the process of making. Instead of having a Leadership Team, we are going to create an Administrative Team that is made up of the heads of our existing teams. The heads of the teams will be the first line of communication for their teams, and the heads will report and communicate with the Elders. The Elders and the Administrative team will meet every one to two months to see how things are going with our teams, what our teams need, what we can do better, and how the Elders can help. This will help the Elders to make sure that our communication is going well with our teams, and that our teams have a voice at the table. It will also allow for greater accountability from all of us. This is a process, but one that we believe will ultimately help all of us to be better leaders and will help us to involve many more in the work of the church. It will also mean a re-writing of the Constitution of Damascus Road. Please pray for us as we all work together to be what Christ wants us to be and as we make decisions that allow the gospel to have greater impact. If you have questions or concerns, please talk with Brad Vyers, Matthew Peterson, or Vance Vyers and we will listen and have honest conversation with you.
I love my church, and I love you.
Come and Sit with Me
In Acts Chapter 8, we see the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian. Phillip had been instructed to go down to Gaza and on his way he saw the Ethiopian eunuch come riding by on his chariot, reading the book of Isaiah in the Bible. Phillip went near the chariot and asked the Ethiopian if he understood what he was reading. The Ethiopian responded in this way. “How can I unless someone explains it to me.” He invited Phillip to come on the chariot and sit with him, and Phillip began to explain what the word of God had said.
It is very important for us to sit with one another and to read and study the Word of God together. It helps us to understand it better as we listen, explain, ask questions, and learn from God with each others help. This is why we believe our ROAD GROUPS (small groups) are important at Damascus Road. If you aren’t involved in a group, we encourage you to find a way to get involved.
On October 27, Matthew and Jaclyn Peterson are hosting a TEMPERATURE GROUP in their home at 102 Del Rio Court, and they are asking you to come and to see if a small group they will begin leading in January might be something in which you are willing to being involved. Vance And Kim Vyers are hosting a TEMPERATURE GROUP in their home on November 7 and are encouraging you to join them as well. There will be food at the TEMP GROUPS, children are welcome, and it will allow you to get to know some others at DRF, and to discuss how a ROAD GROUP might work as we begin to hos them weekly in January. YOU CAN ATTEND BOTH TEMP GROUPS IF YOU WISH. PLEASE SIGN UP ON SUNDAY FOR A TEMPERATURE GROUP AND GIVE IT A CHANCE.
This morning, September 23, I watched as millions gathered in Washington D.C to welcome the pope to town as he traveled for a visit to the White House. There was a huge celebration, smiles on people’s faces, and everyone seemed to be filled with joy, even if they just got a glimpse of the pope. He stirred the affections of so many with just his presence. This scene stirred some questions in my own heart?
If Jesus came to town, would I go, just to get a glimpse? Would I squeeze through the crowds to see my Jesus?
When Jesus moves in the hearts of people, does it put a smile on my face?
Does Jesus bring me joy? More joy than my children or my grandchildren?
Does Jesus stir my affections daily or does He take second fiddle to other things in my life?
My prayer for all of us is that we would put Jesus at the forefront of our lives. That worship of Jesus would stir our hearts. That our affections for Jesus would be greater than any other thing we hold close. He is with us, He never leaves us, and wherever we go, He is there. Let’s treat Him like an honored guest in our lives and make it all about Him.
To God be the glory!
No matter what you have been told
God is in control
Yes, they came with a report one day
But God has the last say
Rest assured He is near
No need to fear
Hold on to faith real tight
Know that everything is going to be alright
When God is in the midst
Defeat doesn’t exist
You serve a God who can make a bird sing a beautiful melody
A God who can calm the sea
A God who holds your destiny
He is your healing spring
And in his hands He brings
All just for you, because his love is everlasting and true
Be encouraged this week. He has you in His hands. Let Him take the wheel.
There was a song I learned as a young boy that went like this:
I am a PROMISE, I am a POSSIBILITY, I am a PROMISE, with a capital P
I am a great bundle of POTENTIALITY
I am learning to hear God’s voice,
I am trying to make the right choice
I am a PROMISE to be anything God wants me to be
In Christ, you have the potential to change the world. You are somebody, and no matter your past, or your imperfections, or your faults, in Christ you are a promise and your possibilities are endless. Lean on Him, trust Him, and live for Him. Be encouraged.
I love you church
I went to see my doctor a few weeks ago for a follow-up appointment. She told me I was obese according to some scientific standards. After getting over the initial shock, I had to determine what I was going to do about it, if anything. This week, on Tuesday morning, I got up around 6:00am and went for a walk/jog and I am now two days into this new routine. I know I need a change if I want to hear good news from my doctor the next time she sees me, so I can’t let this new routine fade.
It is easy to fall back in to old routines. We at Damascus Road Fellowship have this vision to see our communities TRANSFORMED BY GOD”S GRACE one person at a time. Each of us who are apart of this great church, must refocus our minds and our thinking on this vision so that it drives us, and when we feel like that we are falling back into old routines and overlooking the vision, we need a refocus.
It will be hard, and there will be times we will lose focus, so let’s hold each other accountable and encourage one another to keep reaching for the vision God has called us to. With Him, we can incredible things and see lives transformed in ways we never knew. May we together walk this journey together so our Great Physician will say, “well done my faithful servants.”
I love you church,
Church Membership: What does it mean for you and me?
An excerpt from a book I’m reading says this: “Every believer in the Bible is what we would consider today to be a church member. There is no such thing as an independent Christian.” A pastor once put it this way. “Imagine, he said, if the U.S. declared that we were going to send one soldier to Iraq. One soldier! Even with the best equipment in the world, how could one little soldier survive? Nobody goes into battle alone. Sanctification—growing in Christ—is always both personal and communal. We need one another. Our faith struggles and our successes are part of the Body of Christ, not possessed by our own little kingdom. “
Here I believe is the challenge for us. First, if you are not a covenant member of Damascus Road or some other Body of Christ, why not? The church needs you. They need your gifts, your talents, your hearts, and your commitment to the vision.
Secondly, if you are a covenant member, are you fulfilling your promise to accountability and fulfilling your promise to be the kind of member you have committed to be? Are you a faithful attender? Are you serving your church? Are you a faithful giver? Are you living out the vision? Do you love others?
May we renew our commitments to the Body of Christ and fight the battles together, not alone. Growth in Christ is both personal and communal. Let’s not be one soldier, let’s be many.
Flawless by Mercy Me
No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
Take a breath smile and say
Right here right now I’m okay
Because the cross was enough
The day you called His name
He made you flawless
These words are a reminder to us that the cross of Jesus is enough to make us flawless, and that His grace is Amazing Grace. To believers, may we never take His grace for granted by living like we want, but may we live our lives in obedience to His Amazing Grace. Take a breath and smile and say, I’m okay, because the cross was enough. To you have never called His name, make today that day and let Him make you flawless. BE ENCOURAGED!!!