Thanks, Josh

Josh Stockstill has been the Discipleship Protege at National Community Church for nearly a year now.  Proteges are essentially unpaid fellows who spend a year with NCC blessing us with their skills and (hopefully) learning how to do ministry more effectively.

Three times per year my job gets really busy as we begin to prepare to launch and then actually do launch small groups.  The preparation phase may be the craziest part of the whole thing.  We’re trying to get new leaders trained, groups registered, promotional pieces assembled, etc.

In the midst of all of this part of my role is to be strategic about our groups, ensuring that we have a good mix of groups both topically and geographically.  This is something that I’ve been failing horribly at ever since I started this job over a year ago.  There’s just so much going on that this has always gotten pushed aside.  That is, until now.

Right now we’re smack dab in the middle of prepping for fall small groups and suddenly it hit me, Josh has taken on the bulk of the work that I’m usually doing at this point.  Suddenly I have time to actually work with my team of volunteers to recruit leaders, strategize meeting locations, meet with leaders, and (this is key) not feel like I want to tear my hair out because I’m just so insanely busy.

That wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for Josh.  In fact, as one of the biggest projects I undertake every semester is being finalized, I’ll actually be in Ethiopia.  Josh will be taking it across the finish line solo.

In September Josh leaves to help plant a church in St. Louis and attend seminary.  I hope he already knows I’ll miss his friendship greatly; I’m tearing up as I write this.  But he should also know that his significant talents and skills will be missed as well.

Thanks, Josh.  It’s been an honor to work with you, and it’s an even greater honor to be able to call you a friend.

Posted at 11:12 AM on July 22nd, 2011
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