Anything is possible as long as you don’t care who gets the credit. This is the philosophy of the pastoral team and members of Reedwood Friends Church in Portland, Oregon.
When after seventy-seven years the congregation moved into a new building on a three-acre site in June, 1970, the members decided to become more involved in the community. Prior to the move from cramped quarters, members had spent long hours praying and planning for the day when they would have enough space. They realized that one person cannot minister to 400-plus members without sacrificing some part of the church’s total program. A “team ministry,” it seemed to them was the ideal solution.
The leading of the Lord appeared evident in many ways as they strived to fill the needed positions. There are now ten persons on the pastoral team, with differing areas of competence such as psychology and music. Brainstorming sessions were instigated. Out of these emerged a confidence that something of spiritual worth could be happening in the church building seven days a week.
The church is directly across the street from the soccer field of one of America’s most liberal colleges. As the elders of the church met, they were concerned for the evangelization of those in the immediate neighborhood. One sentence of an elder’s prayer was, in essence, the prayer of all elders present: “Lord, make us shockproof.”
A lone student appeared at the church one Sunday morning. With bushy hair and faded blue jeans, he presented a sharp contrast to others in the sanctuary. This was the congregation’s first exercise in becoming “shock-proof.”
Members of the pastoral team as well as those in the congregation introduced themselves to the student and learned that he was a Christian on the ...1
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