For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
While on vacation, I read Less Is More Leadership (with the subtitle Eight Secrets to How to Lead and Still Have a Life), by H. Dale Burke. Here are some excerpts:
In the future, everyone will have to LEARN a living.
The leader’s dilemma: What will I sacrifice?
I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not as the Lord would but as a fool. Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face.
Small Group Leaders at Bethlehem affirm the following covenant:
1. I embrace the expectations of a Small Group Leader:
Matthew Westerholm on Drawing People Out in Small Group presented for The Lead at the downtown campus.
Jared Wass on Delegation in Discipleship presented for The Lead at downtown campus.
At the recent biennial meetings of Converge Worldwide, the association of churches of which Bethlehem is a part, delegates elected Scott Rideout, Pastor of Sun Valley Community Church in Arizona, to replace the retiring Jerry Sheveland as president of the conference.
In his acceptance speech Rideout said ...
· God doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called.
“It is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.” —Psalm 75:7
Forty-three men have been elected to the office of president of the United States of America.
Only four were elected by more than 60% of the popular vote: Harding, F. Roosevelt, L.B. Johnson, Nixon.
Only one adopted president: Ford.
Seriously ill while in office: Arthur (Bright’s disease); Cleveland (mouth cancer); Kennedy (Addison’s disease); F. Roosevelt (polio); Wilson (several strokes).
Assassinated in office: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy.
“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.”
—Abraham Lincoln, in Letter to Henry L. Pierce
Jerry Sheveland, president of Converge Worldwide of the Baptist General Conference (our denomination), has announced that he is working with the board to execute a succession plan. Jerry has served as president for 12 years.
Recently the Bethlehem College and Seminary board approved 13 institutional goals and five strategic objectives.
BCS Institutional Goals (Ongoing and perpetual) 09/19/13