Something I delight in doing as a leader is to share what I call “victory” stories. In a narrow sense that’s what I get to do every single Sunday when as a pastor I preach about the victory Jesus won over sin and death. That’s the ultimate “Victory story”! It’s why I get so pumped to preach each week—especially on a day like Easter this past Sunday when the house was full!
In a wider sense though
I consider a “victory story” anything where God’s blessings are evident
in someone’s life as a result of you carrying out our mission as a
church. Remember our mission? It’s what we want to do as God’s people.
We want to share Christ’s victory with today’s people, loving people enough to meet them where there are. So
a lot of times for me these “victory” stories are where I see the
impact my preaching and teaching has on you as God gives you
opportunities to love others—opportunities that are uniquely yours.
example, Sunday we packed the house at Showtime Cinema. It was
incredible, God be praised! As a result of it being packed though, there
were three people who came and sat in the front row, literally right in
front of me. By this time those were about the only available seats.
Hardly anyone ever sits there (Come on down, friends!) but because of
the crowd that’s where these folks ended up. I think they were a little
nervous to be up front like that. But I’m so happy they were there
because then I got to personally greet them and we talked for a quite a
bit. I asked them their names and some simple questions, “How’d you find
out about our church? What brings you here today?”
blew me away. A young man, visibly moved, said, “I was in the library
yesterday working on a job resume. I haven’t had work for a long time.
This amazing woman saw I was really struggling and getting frustrated so
she took the time to come over and help me with it. She bought me a
flash drive and showed me how to use it to save my resume. Then she gave
me some money to help me on my job search and handed me an invitation
to come here. I was so overcome with her kindness and love—I’ve just
never had anyone go out of their way to do anything like that for me
before. My life will never be the same. I’m not even sure what it is,
but I think I need whatever she has—whatever this church has.”
that story right there…that alone made my Easter! As I was preaching I
could see the impact the gospel was having on those people in the front
row and I marveled with joy at just how God used you to bring them
there. That’s why I love being a pastor at our church. And that’s just
one victory story from a Sunday on which I know there were quite a few.
you have a victory story to share? Feel free to comment on my blog or
email it to me. This is how I’m encouraged as a pastor. What do you see
God doing in people’s lives through our church?
Stonework Starting – I sure enjoyed the last couple weeks using the move clips from Son of God. I hope you did too…but now we’re moving on. Coming up this Sunday we’ll be starting a series we’ve put together called Stonework. This Sunday we’ll be looking at how Jesus helps us handle doubts when it feels like our faith is being put through the Grindstone.
Soccer Camp Registration –
June 17-20 for kids ages 4-11. Jesus, soccer, friends, and fun! To
cover expenses there is a $40 / person registration fee. We provide a
soccer camp T-Shirt, water bottle, and daily snacks. Space is limited,
so register soon! Here’s a direct link to register. If you have any questions, please contact Cassy—our Children’s Ministry Director.
Live Streaming Switcheroo Heads Up –On
May 4 we will be switching our live streaming provider from Ustream to
Livestream. We’ll be sure and update the URL destination on our website
but if you are used to going the directly here’s the new link to our Livestream channel. In the meantime you can still access our Ustream channel here.
Leadership Team Meeting –
Monday night the Leadership Team will be having its monthly meeting at
the parsonage from 6:30-8:30pm. Contact anyone serving currently on the
Leadership Team with questions or concerns regarding our mission and
ministry. This includes Tim Johnson, Jeff Guenther, Jon Brown-Schmidt,
Mark Goodger, Wes Andersen, Jim Vogel, and Daniel Tomczyk.
Life-a-thon –Don’t miss out on a fun opportunity to get some exercise and help a great cause. May 10th is the annual Life-a-Thon 5K Run/Walk to support the life giving ministry of WELS Lutherans for Life Metro-Milwaukee. Visit www.Life-a-Thon.org
for more info and registration or call 414-727-8176414-727-8176. Rain or shine, my
family and I will be participating at McCarty Park here on the south
side. We’d love to see you there.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,