I recently met with a guy who has been in full-time ministry for years and is new to Graystone Church. (BTW, we are so BLESSED at Graystone as God continues to bring incredible people to join our church family to help us grow Graystone and Beyond.) He said, “Your staff are very impressive.” I thanked him and asked him, “What impresses you about our staff?” He said, “They are incredibly humble.”
At first I thought this was an odd statement, because I’ve never had anyone say that before. He said that he’s been around a lot of church staff teams, and the thing that stands out about Graystone is that our staff are humble. Wow! This a HUGE compliment. He said that our staff are super talented but humble at the same time. This kind of made me poke out my chest like a proud father. (I’m not sure if that is the most humble response?)
We are so BLESSED to have a humble staff team at Graystone, which speaks to their character. You can teach ministry skills, but it takes years to develop strong, godly character. I prefer to hire character people and teach/train them in ministry. It also helps that they are passionate and hardworking. I love our team and appreciate the unique role that each person plays.
Today, our staff team is getting together for our monthly All Staff Meeting. Please pray for us as we get prepared for the Christmas season. It will be a crazy, busy time, but one of the best ministry seasons of the year. We will have an opportunity to reach out and connect with more people than any other time of the year. And we will have a lot fun doing it. BTW, I have sweatshirts older than some of the “kids” on our staff team. Nate likes to call me, “Papa Bear”. I am a proud Papa but hopefully in a humble way.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6