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June 26, 2003
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by Tom Goodman
Pressed against the sheer face of the cliff, the rock climber looked upward for the next place to grip. Seeing one, he clamped his fingers upon it and lifted himself a few feet higher. Methodically, he repeated the exercise finding handholds, finding footholds, bracing against the winds that would unbalance him, locking safety anchors in to minute cracks in the wall. Finally, he reached the top and sat on the summit with a quiet contentment from his successful climb.
At Hillcrest, we can identify with a rock climbers passion, because were climbers, too. Everything we do is aimed at reaching four objectives: Honor, Invite, Love, and Live.
H Honor the Lord of Life
I Invite Your World to Life
L Love the Fellowship for Life
L Live the Word in Life
Thats our H.I.L.L. to crest! Hillcrest is more than our name its a destination! Our aim is to help each other grow in our relationship with God and with the people in our lives. Little by little, higher and higher, together we can reach the hillcrest!
No matter what you do at Hillcrest Church, youre helping people get a little higher up the H.I.L.L. whether youre coaching in Upward Basketball or rocking a child in the nursery, whether youre teaching Junior High boys or playing an instrument in our worship service, whether youre volunteering in the office during the week or handing out bulletins on Sunday, whether youre lending your professional skills to our church operations or sharing the gospel in our evangelism program . . . .
Well, you get the picture. I cant think of anything more important you could be doing with your time!
Across the next several weeks in LeaderLines, well look at each of these four objectives in more detail.
Why LeaderLines? Believe me, its not because I need something to fill some idle time! Im going to carve out time in my schedule to write LeaderLines each week for four reasons.
First, I need a chance to visit with you about WHY we do what we do. We can get so involved in our own area of ministry that we forget how we fit into the bigger picture of the Hillcrest Task.
Second, I want to introduce you to some things other churches are doing that will stimulate your creative thinking. I come into contact with these things all the time, and in LeaderLines I can pass along the most intriguing ideas to you.
Third, I need a way to call attention to the good work going on at Hillcrest. Youll like what you hear about what other workers are doing in your church.
Fourth, LeaderLines will give me a chance to give you the
heads-upwhen any changes or proposals are about to be introduced to the church.
It should be obvious
that our other
So, over the next few weeks, well look at the H.I.L.L. were helping people crest. Its important that you get familiar with this acrostic as a leader. Heres my challenge: carefully review the four sentences in the H.I.L.L. acrostic at the beginning of this
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