|The Basement (Leadership)|
Welcome to the basement. It's where we encourage everyone to come. It may sound strange since most homes try to close off the basement when guests arrive. That's just it, we don't want people to stay guests at MERCYhouse. We want them to become a host and that means working themselves down the ladder.
From very early on in the teaching of Jesus he made it clear that this life is not about us. It is about loving God and serving others. He stated it this way in the book of Matthew chapter 16:
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."
It is the paradox of the Christian life that as you loose your life for God and others you actually embrace the life you were created to live. Selfish living never led to the fulfillment of anyone.
This is the view we take when talking about leadership. Those who want to become leaders at MERCYhouse are saying that they agree with this vision for church and want to uniquely commit themselves to this body of Christ for the purpose of leading others to do the same.
Here are some of the opportunities for leadership at MERCYhouse:
1. Leadership Team - These leaders function like elders (See 1 Timothy 3) in the church and provide oversight, teaching and shepherding. Church membership is required.
2. Servant Team Leaders - These leaders function like deacons (also see 1 Timothy 3) in the church providing leadership for task oriented teams that accomplish everthing from building maintenance to serving the homeless at a local homeless shelter. Church membership is required.
3. Midweek Group Leaders - These leaders function as the pastor/teachers who lead our weekly small groups. Church membership is required.