From the monthly archives: March 2014

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iMemorize: Muscle Memory and the Problem of Verse Memorization


I was once talking with a friend who was in the middle of his police academy training. He was explaining some training techniques and the process it takes to get a firearm issued. I learned that there is significant training just to get the gun out of the holster. If a cop gets in a confrontation with a bad guy, he does not want said bad guy to get his gun. Therefore, the process of drawing the weapon is made intentionally complex by the design of the holster. Apparently, the officer must flip a snap, hold a lever and perform a couple other motions in quick succession to get the gun free. 

The problem is that adrenaline can seriously impair a person’s motor skills. As my friend said, “In extreme situations, you couldn’t even pick up a pen from a table. Your fingers just won’t work.” That’s why police cadets have to repetitively practice pulling their guns to gain the muscle memory. The motions have to be ingrained into a base level of skills. Only after 500-600 draws can an officer be confident that he can get the weapon out in 1.5 seconds under stress. 

The day after talking with him, I was rolling through my memory verses and the similarities clicked. I have to constantly review Scripture to keep good “muscle memory.” If I do not pull verses out of the “holster “regularly, they will remain useless when the “bad guy” surprises me.

It’s my observation that Scripture memory seems to be a less-common discipline now than it was 10 to 15 years ago. I can think of two possible factors.

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And He Gave the Shepherds: Some Quality Time with Perry Paulding


Editor’s note: This is the fourth post in a series looking at pastoral development and recognition at Summitview.

During the service on March 9, John Larsen and Perry Paulding were presented to the congregation as the next potential pastors at Summitview. Perry has been a pastor at Summitview in Greeley for 15 years and has accepted a full-time position with us as a counselor. His recognition as pastor is pending, and we hope to see this happen later this year.

In the meantime, you can get to know Perry a little bit more in this post. If you have any thoughts about the hiring and potential recognition of Perry Paulding as a pastor, email Mitch Majeski

To the church of the Summitviewers, which resides in the great province of Fort Collins, grace and peace to you! 

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And He Gave the Shepherds: Some Quality Time with John Larsen


Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series looking at pastoral development and recognition at Summitview. On March 9, John Larsen was brought before the congregation as the next possible pastor at Summitview. Barring any major concerns or irreconcilable offenses, we will formally recognize John Larsen as a pastor on Sunday, April 6.

In the meantime, you can get to know John a little bit more in this post. If you have any thoughts about the recognition of John Larsen as a pastor, email Mitch Majeski at

There's a good chance that if you're reading this, you know me pretty well because you are in the Rock. For the rest of the readers who aren't in the Rock, you probably know me as that young guy who does announcements about once per lunar cycle at Summitview's Sunday morning service. I wanted to use this post as a window into my life and this process of becoming a pastor.

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And He Gave the Shepherds: Pastoral Training at Summitview


Editor’s note: In yesterday’s post, Mitch Majeski detailed our convictions about the office of pastor/elder/shepherd. These posts are all set within the context of John Larsen’s pending approval to the pastorate at Summitview. Last Sunday, Mitch introduced/interviewed Larsen and Perry Paulding, who will potentially be recognized as pastor later this year.

In today’s post, Mitch will walk us through Summitview’s process of training and raising up pastors from within our congregation, and how you can play an important part in the pending recognition of John Larsen.

"Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood" (Acts 20:28).

"If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task" (1 Timothy 3:1).

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).

"He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it" (Titus 1:9).

Though we firmly believe that the Holy Spirit makes an overseer (Acts 20:28), we also believe that the church should work to train men in all aspects of godliness that are required in elders. A careful examination of 1 Timothy 3 reveals one important distinction in the requirements of elders versus deacons, and that is the ability to teach (1 Timothy 3:2). There is definitely a gift in teaching, but the ability to teach and give instruction in sound doctrine can be developed through intentional training. In fact, the New Testament also indicates that character can grow through the means of mutual encouragement, prayer and devotion to the Scriptures. 

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And He Gave the Shepherds: Pastoral Recognition at Summitview


And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ ... (Ephesians 4:11–12)

God gives gifts to his church through a variety of means. We certainly can be grateful for all that he has given us over the years! Our story together is a beautiful display of grace to a group of people who can make no bold claim on being clever or strong or exceedingly holy. God has simply been merciful to us. 

In the passage above, Paul describes the gifts of God that come in the form of various leaders. God intentionally gives specific leaders to local churches. That thought should wake us up. In the development and appointment of leaders, we witness the intentional hand of God. 

It is with that staggering notion that we, the pastors of Summitview, ask you to prayerfully consider the recognition of John Larsen as our next pastor at Summitview. If God’s intentions are confirmed in this process, we will celebrate (and celebrate is the right word) John’s recognition after the service on April 6.
The recognition of an elder is the perfect time to review what the New Testament reveals about church leadership and how we practice that teaching as a church. So, with John Larsen’s recognition pending, and with Perry Paulding’s potential recognition later this year, let’s review Summitview’s convictions on pastoral leadership. This review will encompass two separate posts, which will be followed by get-to-know-them posts written by John and Perry, respectively.

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