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.











“The ministry of listening” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.

“The ministry of listening” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

See also 

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.

The Story of the Other Wise Man

The Story of the Other Wise Man has brought joy and meaning to myself and my family for many years.

I highly recommend reading this small book.

It is a legend of a fourth wise man (a scholar as the three wise men), who also studied the prophesies and the stars and set out to find and honor the new king.

The book and audio reading of the book (by Henry van Dyke) are available online.

Links and more information HERE.

Establishments and Institutions

Sermon idea: 

I like institutions (look up definition). They exist to carry out a needed duty.

‘The establishment’ on the other hand seems to mainly be there to maintain itself. 

In Yancey’s ‘The Jesus I Never Knew’ book he says, on page 197, that Jesus posed a genuine threat to the establishment in Jerusalem.

More later (e.g., pg 203). It was very ironically, the supposed church of God that had Jesus killed. As an establishment, they had spiraled far away from God.

The institution that Jesus was proposing was to  love your neighbor sacrificially. This was certainly difficult to comprehend and to grasp by even the disciples. But the institution of loving one’s neighbor sacrificially proposed a threat to the good-ol-boy establishment. Enough of a threat that it got him killed.

Loving one’s neighbor sacrificially is the opposite of an establishment, which is inward looking/self-centered. 

An institution, by definition is outward looking/other-centered.

We, as the church, need to be careful that we don’t turn from an institution to an establishment.


Fun to look at the words




Golden and Platinum Rules

The Golden RuleWhat-Are-You-Doing-for-Others-7.25

Matthew 7:12 (ESV) 12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Kant’s Categorical Imperative

[Disclaimer: This is slightly off topic, because Immanuel Kant  (in the top 5 philosophers of all time) was not a Christian. He did have a strong moral sense, and his categorical imperative is central to his philosophy.]

Act (do unto others) only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.

Wikipedia has good explanation.

Platinum Rule

“Treat others the way they want to be treated.”

Site by Tony Alessandra (has book) site

Platinum 1a Rule

By Boyd Bailey from

The Golden Rule is empowered by the Platinum Rule: to see others as God sees them, to serve others as Jesus would serve them and to love others as the Lord loves them.  [my emphasis] Our love alone is inferior—it only takes us so far, but when our love is infused by the Holy Spirit it is superior in its ability to go the second, third and fourth mile for the sake of others. Our visible love is sustained by God’s invisible love.