Principles & Principals

This afternoon I was part of a pretty exciting meeting.  Several pastors and church leaders from our community met with the top education administrators in north Worcester County.  It started out great because lunch was provided, but then it got even better.  The churches’ agenda was simple: we wanted to find out how we can help and support our local public schools.

After Pastor Daryl McCready from SonRise Church and Pastor Gary Baer from Buckingham Presbyterian Church opened the meeting, one of the principals who was there observed that kids who are in church tend to be more successful in school than those who are not involved in a church.  So he said the best thing we can do is work to connect unchurched families to our churches–which, of course, is already foundational to our mission!

Several of the pastors commented afterward that they were surprised by the meeting.  The school administrators, rather than coming prepared with a long list of unfunded projects, had one simple request: Mentors.  One heartbreaking story after another was shared about kids who don’t have a caring adult in their lives.  I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room!  Rarely have I been to a meeting with so much passion, drive, and commitment to action.

I admire the way they were so focused on the one need which can have the greatest impact; and which, incidentally, the Church is most equipped to meet.

So now the church leaders will meet again to discuss practical ways we can plug our congregants and ourselves into the mentoring programs that the schools already have in place.  I’m so excited about the potential!  I’ve already talked with the principal of one of the elementary schools in our community, and we’ll be meeting soon to discuss how CrossWay can begin serving and partnering with them.

God is as much at work as He’s ever been!

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Published in: on February 11, 2009 at 3:58 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Interesting. I know that in Texas, Tony Evans encouraged his congregation (and surrounding congregations) to begin mentoring kids in the surrounding schools. He talks about how effective it was. It’s great to see the the schools see this as a need and would like the church to help. Very encouraging.

  2. I thought so too! And it’s really cool because it’s something we can actually do, something we can do on an ongoing basis, and something that could really make a huge difference.

  3. I’m really excited about this opportunity too. It definitely was an awesome meeting. Thanks for sitting with Karen & Me. 🙂
    By the way, don’t ya just think Pastor Gary is a hoot. We were cracking up on the way home about the “community napkin” comment. LOL

  4. Yeah, he is a trip! And it’s always nice to sit with old SonRise buddies.


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