Every pastor who wants fully engaged board members, staff and church members needs to ask three probing questions.
- Do I understand the Greatest Commandment and take it seriously?
- Do I understand that I can love God wholeheartedly only if I have received, embraced, and cherished His deep love for me?
- Do I understand that I can love my neighbors as myself only if I love myself?
If you’re missing that last understanding—if it isn’t true of your board members, staff and church members—then the Greatest Commandment is mere theory. And, we’re definitely not alive at a heart level. Granted, we may be working hard. We may be doing our level best. Then again, let’s not kid ourselves. We’re not fully engaged.
To become more fully engaged, I highly recommend reading (or listening to) Jerry and Denise Basel’s landmark book, The Missing Commandment: Love Yourself.
Earlier this summer I spent three days with Jerry and Denise at their beautiful home north of Atlanta. They’re the real deal with a powerful message. Together, Jerry and Denise resolved a deep three-year nagging question/concern in my own life: What does it mean for me to obey Jesus and love…Continue Reading