I dream of a staff that seeks to be sound doctrinally, where everyone considers themselves to be a theologian instead of ceding it to the academic and ecclesiastical elites. I dream of working with people who desire to be theologically astute so that both God and man might be loved with increasing intensity, frequency and fidelity. I dream of a staff who knows, believes, proclaims and defends the essentials, who is magnanimous in the non-essentials, seeking to bring every thought and action captive to Christ. I dream of a team where liberty is our flag and responsibility the staff on which it waves.
Today we had a staff getaway where we looked over a document which outlined a vision for the staff of my church. You might call it a “dream page” as each paragraph began with the wording “I dream of…” followed by the hopes of what our staff would become (e.g, people who passionately love Christ, are the best in their respective fields, have a loving rapport with each other). At the getaway we were asked to reread it and offer any edits or additions. The following is an addendum I wrote:
There are usually standard parts to a sermon. Introduction, body, and conclusion is a popular way to think about a sermon’s form. Preaching the biblical