Servant Leader – Jim McClarey

Servant Leader

I am so glad I have been able to get to know, work along side, and become friends with this man. I’ve gone on 13 mission trips (and about as many ski trips) with Jim McClarey (in blue). Those who have gone on the mission trips know that being there with Jim is a joy and fulfilling.

This picture was taken on day one of our June 2017 mission trip to Virginia Beach, VA, to do hurricane relief. Here, Jim McClarey (and Patrick Lindsey, also a mission-trip veteran) are clearing brush. The overgrowth had poison ivy in it. (Hurricane Matthew, and associated flood, hit in October 2016. For people who have been stressed and distressed with everything from the water heater to electricity to repairing floors in the house, they might have let their yard get out of control.)

On a mission trip you never know what you are actually going to do.  Jim jumps in no matter how difficult the task is, with a positive attitude. (I think it’s the second year in a row Jim has dealt with poison ivy. Last year, at Little Grassy, he helped clear a path at the church camp.)

Here is a before and an after picture from the Virginia Beach yard they were working on:

Jim McClarey is a servant leader in many, many ways. We, youth and adults, have learned much from him.

He has taught us:

  • How to overcome adversity, with a smile,
  • How to work hard,
  • How the Holy Spirit can flow in us and through us,
  • How to have fun,
  • How to praise God,
  • How to strive for excellence to honor God and inspire others,
  • How to mentor youth,
  • How to lead by example, and
  • How to Knock down the Three-Pointer.

Thank you Jim!

For more information on our 2017 mission trip use the hashtag #VAMissions2k17 or visit Youth Group Facebook Album or Facebook Page.











Go Where You Are Needed

From Crawford Loritts

April 2017 – Go Where You Are Needed, (2 Parts)


After a while Christians have a tendency to hang around Christians.


7 barriers that make it hard for Christians to go to/reach out to/be with unbelievers


  1. (over time) We Get out of touch with our own neediness.
  2. Fear
  3. Be aware of self-righteousness (becoming a Pharisee – back door Pharisee)
  4. View Christianity as our mission. (Christendom does not equal the Gospel)
  5. We overemphasize the differences that we have.
  6. We are not intentional. (we drift toward a Christian culture)
  7. Diminished relational skills


A Pharisee is one who forgets that he needs to grace of God



  1. Look for prepared hearts.
  2. Frequent the dark places.
  3. Make loving and engaging the lost a priority.
  4. Don’t forget how to enjoy yourself when hanging out with non-Christians.


(expect criticism)


4 aspects of Mercy




Extension of healing and help

Ten Practical Ways To Take Your Ministry To The Next Level

This is a very good post by Tim Price.

Ten Practical Ways To Take Your Ministry To The Next Level – Click here

Does look toward taking it to the next level, but also about building foundations, intentionality, and sustainability.

Under Document Your Ministry he has a good list:

Vision; Culture; Process; Main Thing; Fully Involved; What To Delegate

Throughout he emphasizes leadership and community.

A Letter From Fred: Sweet Lorraine Song

Here’s a great story and song.

Fred Stobaugh charmed the globe as a 96 year-old songwriter, but his legacy might be as a marriage healer.

YouTube documentary, which tells the main story (#1 video), and 5 more videos that tell the followup story of the song (appearing on the View, going to a middle school, and more.).

#4 (below) tells of a middle school teacher who connected her 7th grade students to Fred’s story, an ultimately Fred himself. This lady has made a big difference in her students!




#4 – A middle school teacher, and Fred, have a impact on students.

#5 – A second song: Took Her Home


This is a great Illinois story. I hope it can teach us the importance of relationships, marriage, and family.

Grasping and being moved to Please, Know, and Resemble God

From Tim Keller’s daily reading plan (and his fuller book) from YouVersion (below).

I want this ultimate relationship with God. I want to grasp what Jesus did for me and all of mankind. I want to be in relationship with God to please Him, know Him, and resemble Him, as I love those around me as He (Jesus) loved us.

Relationship w Jesus ≠ Relationship w Abraham Lincoln

Loving God 101, Part 01: Relationship with God. Really???

“episode 85” from Jesus at 2 am podcast.

Listen at

Kirk Winslow says, “The ultimate goal is love – and love grows in relationship, not by performing a set of behaviors!  In this episode I offer a short introduction to spiritual formation and take up the specific language of “personal relationship.” Can one have a personal relationship with Jesus?  Really???  I think the answer is “yes.””

I like the three keys in this podcast and a good explanation of Paraclete


The Three Bowls of Jesus’ Last 24 Hours on Earth

I like the comparison and contrast of the Three Bowls of Jesus’ Last 24 Hours on Earth

Wash basin: Jesus Washes the disciples feet (at the Last Supper).  He showed us that we are to be servants of others.

Bowl of bread: broken and shared together at the Last Supper. Fellowship. Remembrance. Institution of the Last Supper instituted.

Pilate’s wash basin: After dealing with the crowd, Pilate washed his hands (in front of the crowd)…and sent Jesus to the cross. This one is deeper (and needs to be developed).