Our family is Christian. I grew up in a Methodist church in Ohio, my wife in a Christian Missionary Alliance congregation in Western New York. We love and celebrate all that Jesus is and have desired to teach our children about the “Jewishness” of Christianity. In that spirit, we have celebrated the Jewish holidays that Jesus celebrated… Shabbat, Passover, Purim, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Tabernacles and even Hanukkah. Tonight we will celebrate Passover with some dear friends. Here is our family’s Haggadah, or story book, that joyfully celebrates Yeshua in the Passover Seder. It’s a little long, but it is chock-full of rich ties to Jesus.
Today’s staff meeting assignment includes a team icebreaker question to describe one of your most memorable experiences as a child. In general, I had a very blessed childhood. Three older sisters, mom and dad. Our very close extended family included Grannie and Grandpa, Grandmother and our only aunt. There were no cousins since my dad was an only child and my mom’s only sister never married or had children. When the whole family got together it was just the ten of us.
Have you ever been challenged to write a “philosophy of ministry?” Recently I was asked to provide mine.
And while I know that I have one, I’ve never put down in words. So I prayed. And here it is.
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
“Hear O Israel. The Lord our God, the Lord is One! You shall love the Lord your God will all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your strength.” This is the Shema, the call from Moses in Deuteronomy 6:45.
Jesus took this to the next level when asked by the pharisees about the greatest commandment by adding
“Love you neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22, Mark 12 and Luke 10).
It is with this conviction that my philosophy of ministry resonates.