Hello Church Family,
Please know this: You have been prayed for this week. I have brought you before the Lord, and asked him to give each of us the grace to humble ourselves before him that he may lift us up at the proper time (1 Peter 5:6).
Over the past two-and-a-half years, three Hollywood movies have been produced about the late Steve Jobs, the brilliant but irascible co-founder and one-time CEO of Apple, Inc. Although I haven’t seen any of the films, I know a few things about the erstwhile tech genius, especially his legendary disdain for meetings. While Jobs could tolerate, and actually enjoyed, a passionate face-to-face argument, he had little patience for formal meetings.
“I hate the way people use slide presentations instead of thinking,” Jobs once told his biographer, Walter Isaacson. “I [want] them to engage, to hash things out at the table, rather than show a bunch of slides. People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”
Well, I’m not a huge fan of formal meetings, either, but sometimes they’re helpful, and even necessary. Take our congregational meetings, for example: Twice a year we meet as an entire body (yes, with PowerPoint!) and we celebrate what God has done, review the church’s mid-year financials, officially welcome in new members, and pray for clarity of vision and renewed focus. It’s a chance for us to demonstrate our investment in the direction and disciple-making efforts of our church.
That said, THIS Sunday is Northpoint’s semi-annual Congregational Meeting. It begins at 6:00 p.m., in the Auditorium, and will conclude around 7:00 p.m. I hope you’ll join us. I won’t even do my Steve Jobs imitation and ask someone to leave if they start rambling.
By His grace,