There is something in the human heart that longs to pursue. We are challenged by a great chase. We speak of pursuing the “brass ring,” the “American dream,” the Championship, the sales quota, the course record, or a person of our romantic dreams. We desire “the thrill of victory” and desperately seek to miss “the agony of defeat.” Understanding this innate drive, the Lord said in Romans 12:13, “Seek to show hospitality.” This follows “contributing to the needs of the saints.” The very word “seek” means to passionately pursue and chase with extended effort.
As we introduced our new Hospitality Ministry last week, we called upon our people to establish a renewed culture of warmth, friendliness, and hospitality. This is only possible when we also follow Romans 12:16: “Live in harmony with one another: do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be wise in your own sight.” I thank God that many of you checked the boxes and are willing to find out more as you utilized the special interest card. Attendance at one of the five meetings does not mean that you are committed, but interested and willing to take the next step. Cards are available today.
The pastoral staff and I have been praying for over two years about how to initiate this ministry. The Lord also gave a vision to Scott Stephens when he came to Naples. As you know, he is a young deacon and married to our Allyson. Scott continues in his full-time job with a local company. He is the primary customer source of contact for his company and helps to develop a proactive process for efficient launches of new programs. He has also served as a Resident Director of the largest student dorm at Cedarville University, hiring and mentoring a number of assistants and supervising men’s discipleship. He also coordinated Chapel services and educational resources for teachers serving in the far east. With a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications, he worked in customer guest satisfaction at the five diamond Broadmoor Resort and Hotel in Colorado. His outgoing personality and people skills, and specific study in church hospitality, has prepared him to serve in a new position as Hospitality Director. He is not on the pastoral staff, but is able to give about ten hours a week for a part-time stipend coordinating general hospitality on Saturday and Sunday with a particular focus on the worship services.
Our Pastoral Staff is so grateful for all the wonderful servants over the years that have strived to make our church a place that welcomes all who would come. In the spirit of their commitment, we hope to move from good to great and beyond for the furtherance of the good news.