Leadership Training 2009 - Part II: Good Soldiers of Christ Jesus
In our first talk, we established that while the Church is in need of godly men, men by and large are disconnected. Why is this?
First, we have a truncated view of worship. We view worship as one activity during the week rather than understanding that worship is the basic orientation of all of one’s life. Consequently, we have separated men from their labor.
But there are other reasons men are disconnected. One of these is that we do not understand corporate worship. Consequently, we have separated men from the Church.
We have established that all of life is worship, service offered up to the service of one god or another. There are two potential errors that could proceed from this observation. First, because all life is worship, we might reason that corporate (public) worship unnecessary or unimportant. So some men retreat from Church life and focus entirely on self or on their family. A second error, is that we could understand this worship in the wrong way, view it through feminized metaphor that empties the observation of all its power. It is to these two potential errors that we speak in this talk.
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.