This week I am in Austria with my natural and “spiritual” family for our annual “Every Nation Western&Central Europe senior pastors fellowship week” – its quite a mouthful but the idea is simple: Investing in relationships; having a relaxed environment where senior pastors can be themselves and encourage one another. (And yes, we do get some skiing done…my off-piste snowboarding has been awesome this week – I’ll post a photo or two next week)
Sometimes there are questions asked about whether just “spending time together” is a good investment of time and money in the ministry. Looking around this group of senior pastors from Ireland, England, Sweden, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Croatia, and knowing what pressures they and their families face, I am absolutely convinced of the value of this week. Having a common vision is one thing, but how much better if we also have strong supporting relationships on this journey. I highly value the friends I have in the Every Nation family here in Europe and around the world, and I highly value the relationships we have in London as we seek to be a part of what God is doing in the earth today. “Love one another” is not just a dry commandment, but an instruction pointing to the richest way to doing life: Together.
Yesterday I took one of the teenagers onto an off-piste section on our snow-boards, and after one particularly radical section she screamed: “WOW – now I know why I started snow-boarding!!” When I look around at all the amazing people with whom I am privileged to do life with, I say: “WOW – Now I know why I signed up for this!”
Whatever you do, my prayer is that you will seek not only to find your purpose, but also to find your people, and have a rhythm of life that allows time to invest in the relationships that make the journey worth it.