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God Is Weaving Our Stories Together into Something Beautiful


 

Your service and presence matter—to others and to God.


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Dream On: Perry Paulding Shares His Hopes and Dreams for Summitview


 


Editor’s note: Perry Paulding was formally recognized as a pastor at Summitview on Sunday, November 8. You can learn more about our pastoral recognition and training process here and here.


As the newbie pastor on the block at Summitview, I was asked to share my dream for the church and what my wife, Katie, and I are believing God for in the coming years here. In a word, I would say, maturity – spiritual, doctrinal, moral, ethical, relational, social, verbal and biblical maturity. Perfection will never be attained in this life, but maturity is within reach of everyone.

Paul says maturity is God’s intended goal for every Christian. In Ephesians 4:12-14, pastors are charged to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (emphasis mine).

Why is this so important? Paul continues in verse 14: “…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” Ignorance, immaturity and sin destroy lives, but Jesus said that the truth will set people free (John 8:32). There is nothing more thrilling than being a part of seeing that promise become a reality in people’s lives.

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Love Will Find You: Why a Healthy Marriage Requires a Particular Set of Skills



 
From my adolescent years onward, I had a very idealistic view of marriage (probably from watching too many romantic movies). I desired my future wife and myself to be true soulmates, perfectly matched, intoxicated with love and continually in tune with each other’s deepest thoughts and feelings. Even as a non-Christian, my heart was fixed upon a marital union that would be characterized by true oneness.

God graciously gave me the woman of my dreams, but my expectation of true oneness and intimacy was quickly shattered by a little thing called life.

Katie was expecting our first child within a month of our being married and had terrible morning sickness. I had just started a new job as a high school science teacher with five different subject preps and was commuting an hour each way. She’d go to bed at 7, and I’d crawl in at 1 a.m. after all the grading and prep were finished. Hence, we seldom saw each other and when we did, both of us were utterly exhausted.

Also, as time went on, we began to realize more and more just how radically different we were. After the newlywed fog cleared, we were aghast to discover our polar opposite tastes, expectations, interests, personalities, upbringings, love languages — you name it, we were different!

And on top of the stress of all those differences, we were both still sinners — saved by grace but possessing a very real “flesh” that needed to be mortified on a daily basis. As a fellow pastor-friend of mine once said two years into his own marriage, “Marriage is basically the process where God takes two selfish people and lets them live together and see their selfishness in all its incredible hideousness!”

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Small Groups Anonymous: Love and Loss in Christian Community


 


Hi, my name is Vanessa and I haven’t been on a small group in over a year. And I work here. Don’t tell the pastors, but I wasn’t on a small group because I didn’t want to be on one. Just kidding. They knew that. Or if they didn’t, they do now. But seriously, what makes a staffer and former small group leader decide to skip all the small group hoopla for a year?

I’ve been on a lot of Summitview small groups in the past 19 years. Somewhere around 10 different ones, give or take a few multiplications/un-multiplications/morphs over the years. I have been on small groups that I absolutely adored. We all enjoyed each other, wanted to spend time together outside of the once-a-week Bible study and had engaging conversations that went beyond Sunday school answers when studying the Bible together. We served together and drew others into our group.

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Is Anybody There? On Mary, Martha and Feeling Alone in Children’s Ministry


 


I want to ask a personal question and share a story of difficulty in my own life. The question I want to ask is this:

Do you feel alone in Children’s Ministry?

I don’t mean that you are alone. You could very well be serving with a spouse, with a friend, another family or with a small group member. But what I mean is this: Regardless of who you’re with, do you feel alone?

I got off to a late and rocky start as a classroom leader this last rotation and I didn’t feel I had everything together to serve well in the Children’s Ministry. I’ve recently been able to work through a little more of my own pain, pessimism, downcast spirit and hopelessness, and I want to share with everyone who has felt alone in Children’s Ministry that I, too, feel alone.

I don’t mention this to shame or guilt trip anyone — what good does that do? Rather, I want to share this because it is truly how I’ve felt, how many of us may feel. We know intuitively that this is not what ministry should feel like.

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