Due to a recommendation from my friend and fellow RVC pastor, Matt, I’m reading through In The Name Of Jesus, a short book adapted from a sermon by Henri Nouwen.
Nouwen was a successful, popular priest and theologian who left the academic world to live as a minister in a community of adults with mental handicaps. In the book, he describes how leaving the rational, ordered world of the seminary for the chaos and brokenness of life in community amongst people who bear their needs in plain sight each moment of the day. He distills these thoughts into three lessons on what true servant leadership entails and what is needed for the next generation of ministers.
It’s been a very challenging read so far. Much of the honesty, humility, and suffering we see in Jesus’ earthly ministry is missing (or hidden away) from modern church ministry. We often value strength and efficiency at the cost of honesty and intimacy.
I know I’m starting to view the way I lead (in our teams and our congregation) in a new way. How can I express my own brokenness and need for grace? In what ways can I allow myself to be led and ministered to by others in our community? Who can I share my pains, doubts, and struggles with? Can I let each ministry moment be a chance for the Holy Spirit to challenge and renew my heart?
Good questions to ask. You should read the book