Friday, October 19, 2007

Nouwen -- Part 2

In this installment I will be covering the Prologue and Introduction. Nouwen begins with a brief history of who he is, his background in ministry and why the book was written. After many years working as a professor at Notre Dame, Yale , and Harvard he moved to a ministry in Toronto for the handicapped. This experience gave him a new perspective on what being a leader within the Church is really about. Here are some key quotes:

· God is a God of the present and reveals to those who are willing to listen carefully to the moment in which they live the steps they are to take toward the future
· Jesus did not send his disciples out alone to preach the word. He sent them two by two.
· I came face to face with the simple question, “Did becoming older bring me closer to Jesus?”
· Everyone was saying that I was doing really well, but something inside was telling me that my success was putting my soul in danger

I realized throughout this book that in many cases this is not “new” or “groundbreaking” information. Just a pure way of looking at the truth, which is what all good leaders and communicators are able to do. Takeaways are the need to listen and respond to the voice of God. He is not silent. We need to recapture the essence of team in ministry. We are not designed or asked to carry the load alone. Two by two is God’s design not only for the animals on the ark but also for those who are to engage the world with His message. This is a fundamental truth that we have lost somewhere in the process. The plan of the enemy has always been to separate us from one another. Alone is a bad thing.

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