The best 50 minute meeting I've attended
I don't think I've ever been a part of a more productive, more God honoring 50 minute meeting than the one I was humbled to witness tonight.
First, the backstory.
Love Escalon was started by a stalwart of a Pastor in the community. Under his leadership, Love Escalon thrived for many years. In a cruel turn of events, the Pastor was diagnosed with brain cancer. Amongst the many life altering choices that come with that diagnosis, he had to resign from leading Love Escalon. Without his leadership, Love Escalon had to be shelved.
A year passed, and unbeknownst to me, one of my first tasks in taking on the role of City Engagement Director would be to work on finding new leadership in a couple of cities like Escalon who had a great history but was lacking a leader.
Leaning into my network, I was introduced to a Pastor at one of our sister churches. After hearing my request, Patrick hesitantly took my call. He was kind enough to allow me to come to a Evangelism Team meeting, I gave my best sales pitch, only to be told a few days later that they were not going to be able to take on the load themselves.
However, they were interested and felt compelled to reach out to the community and host a meeting to see what was possible.
While not a fan of having to attend another meeting, there was something unique about what was happening. In their recognition that this was something they couldn't do, nor want to do, on their own, they took a sizable risk and opened it up to the community. They were realistic, humble, and faithful. They didn't bail at the sign of risk, they leaned into it.
There was absolutely no assurances as to who, if anyone, would show up. And even if they did, would they would have any desire to collaborate in a meaningful way?