We had an intimate lunch yesterday with 800 people and Franklin Graham. There will be a mission in Toronto in September and this was the luncheon to publicly launch the plan within the larger church community. We have a few folks on the leadership team and I’ve been the main contact for BGEA and THQ. The BGEA team excel in organization and remind me (at times) of the Disney style of leadership. They do everything well.
It was great to hear Franklin Graham and to witness his increasingly mature and polished leadership. He has really mastered communicating to a room and while he is not his father he certainly has many of his skills. Speaking of his father, Franklin talked about Billy and indicated that his health is not well and it is not likely that he will be with us much longer. However we did pray for his health and for their family.
They presented Franklin with a Leaf’s jersey – with his name on it and number 14 to symbolize the 2014 mission.
I had breakfast this past weekend with my friend Doug. He’s a wonderful man and while he’s had his own personal crisis this past year that has shaken his world, he continues to pursue his faith and his relationship with God. I thought he might leave the church behind as he attempted to put the pieces of his life back together and deal with the deep personal hurt that he suffered. But he hasn’t left – in fact he is leaning in – maybe even more so than before.
He’s found a small church near where he lives to attend. I asked him what attracted him to it and his response was interesting.
He describes it as small. He uses words like “connected to community” and “caring”. The minister preaches well (though Doug thought he could be shorter). He described the deacons as intentional in the direction of the church and focused on the community.
He described it as “like the Salvation Army”.
By the way if you know Doug – he’s doing well.