The Summit Church
As we at the Summit go through our "Smoke from a Fire" series, exploring the ways our emotions reveal our inner struggles, we want to share follow-up resources from our Pastor of Counseling, Brad Hambrick. This week's resources focus on the topic of anxiety.
As we at the Summit go through our "Smoke from a Fire" series, exploring the ways our emotions reveal our inner struggles, we want to share follow-up resources from our Pastor of Counseling, Brad Hambrick. This week's resources focus on the topic of depression.
The tougher areas of discernment in ministry are not between what is obviously good and what is obviously bad. The tougher calls happen when two good and biblical ideals seem to be competing with each other. In those moments, we are tempted to pick a side to resolve the tension. Many ministry leaders do this with gusto, and they gather great crowds at conferences arguing for their “side.” But what makes for a great conference speaker isn’t always what makes for a real ministry leader. The moment we pick a side in a godly tension, we lose.
We recognize that the multi-site strategy presents both pragmatic challenges and raises biblical questions. We have wrestled with those questions for many years, and will continue to do so. As we often say, we are eager to hear from anyone who comes to us with an open Bible and an open mind. But we also believe, despite its difficulties, that the multi-site strategy is biblically faithful and strategically advantageous.
Last week our staff and our church had the privilege of hearing from sociologist and professor George Yancey. We’re incredibly thankful to Dr. Yancey for taking the time to speak on the obstacles that stand in the way of racial reconciliation and the biblical ways we can overcome these obstacles. With Dr. Yancey, we pray that the church would seize the opportunity before us, showing our racialized and jaded society what racial harmony truly looks like.
A couple weeks ago, on the coldest day in Raleigh’s history, we walked down the walkway and into a room of prayer. We sat around a table with two other men, joined later by another, and we prayed. For an hour. We prayed. And it was incredible. There we were, four of us, and every preconceived notion I had about praying, only praying, was shattered in that hour.