Last Sunday Leila and I had the honor of giving out awards to the children, youth, and adults to a gathered Samoan community from two of our churches. Pastors Maga and Tafa are committed to bringing First Samoan UMC and the Samoan Fellowship of East Anchorage UMC together. They swap pulpits, sing in a joint choir, and in this case, held a Christian education competition.
What struck me as we continue conversations about developing discipleship systems in our churches is that I was looking at one. This was not just for children. Even the adults participated! And we concluded the celebration by handing out certificates to 7 new lay speakers.
I plan on sounding like a broken record as I continue to speak the message of lay leadership development in our churches. You will hear it again and again. And we can look to these two congregations as leaders in our common mission to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Here's a short clip.