One of my favorite songs is You’ll Come. It was written by Brooke Fraser, originally performed by Hillsong, and is one of our favorites as a church. The lyrics that get me every time are “chains be broken, lives be healed, eyes be opened, Christ is revealed.” We really want everyone to experience those words.
To that end, we just began a church-wide emphasis called “Unchained!” We’re all taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University nine week course together. It’s helping us learn to manage our personal finances in a more God honoring way. As remarkable as the personal transformations have been and will be, there are two additional aspects of this that really make me happy.
First, I believe that by doing this we’re trying to live out the following core value: “we don’t want something from our members and attenders; we want something for them.” The aforementioned program is the very best resource of which we know for helping people be successful in managing the resources that God has given them. It has the potential to change family trees, family legacies and family destinies for the better. Thinking about generational paradigm shifts is so inspiring.
Second, I love the fact that idea to do this didn’t come from anyone on our full-time pastoral ministry staff. It came from Dave and Brenda Etterbeek (pictured above with their sons Gavin and Cole), a remarkable and beloved couple, who’ve been volunteering as youth ministry leaders for over 10 years. They felt the call of God on their lives to grow in the area of financial management so they attended a FPU class on their just over year ago. As a result, they have experienced radical personal transformation and felt compelled by the Spirit to pass on what He used to change them to help change our entire church. How cool is that?!
As Rick Warren said, “leadership is an action, not a position.” I LOVE MY CHURCH because of people like Dave and Brenda who love it too, “own” it, take its success personally, and help change and shape its culture as much as anyone else. I am honored to follow their lead and look forward to every one of our members hearing their own call from God and “making their mark” in helping craft who we are.
Now if I can just get my homework for this Wednesday’s FPU class done, I’ll be good.