Bishop Notes – November 17, 2008

Dear Colleagues,
I am always watching for resources to stir our hearts and to re-enforce what is important in our movement’s culture.
Recently, Howard Olver gave a great message at Kingsview FMC on Being on Mission with Jesus from Matthew 10: 1-15. In one section, he included an adapted summary of Steve May’s work on this passage (www.preachingtoday.com). I found these seven pithy points helpful for centering my thinking about my ministry as a leader and, with Howard’s blessing, I’m passing them on to you for your reflection.

Seven Principles for Being on Mission with Jesus Matthew 10:1-15

1. Remember who is sending you.
vs. 1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

2. Keep the mission in focus.
vs. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. (6) Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.

3. Articulate the heart of your message.
vs. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.

4. Mission is about people.
vs. 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give
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5. Be sure of your motives.
vs.
8-10 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts–no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for workers are worth their keep.

6. Look for the right team members.
vs.
11 Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at that person’s house until you leave.

7. Prepare to face failure and rejection.
vs.
14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.

This past weekend, I was Saskatoon for a West-Pacific MEGaP meeting at Lakeview FMC and then worshipped at Saskatoon FMC on Sunday. It was great to interact with some of the candidates at lunch time and to observe the careful way that the MEGaP teams work with those that they are interviewing. I enjoyed the warm fellowship in the worship service on Sunday morning and, of course, the potluck meal that followed. There are some pics in the Photo Gallery from both of these visits.

There is one appointment change to announce this week. Tom Gurnick has been appointed as leader of the Network formerly led by Gary Landers. The biggest Ministry Centre news of the weekend is that Mark and Cheryl Molczanski welcomed the arrival of baby Sarah on Saturday, a new little sister for Daniel and Paul. Mark will be on vacation for the next couple weeks.

Have a great week serving Jesus,
Bishop Keith