Pastor James Emery White on:
Play Session 1a – A Church’s Core Values
This session was recorded at Milton Keynes Christian Centre
Other sessions available:
- It’s a Wonderful Life Conference 1a – A Church’s Core Values
- It’s a Wonderful Life Conference 1b – How to Determine Your Core Values
- It’s a Wonderful Life Conference 1c – What to do when the Bible is silent
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In the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey was given the chance to see what life would be like if he had never lived. In like manner, James Emery White was given a chance to see what life would be like without serving as a church pastor.
He experienced what he believed to be a dream opportunity, taking a position that would allow him time for teaching and writing and reflecting on ministry, God, the Bible, and the church, without the headache of weddings, deacons’ meetings, raising money, or dealing with how regularly Sundays always seem to come around.
He resigned within two years and returned to the church he had left. And he was so glad. In his most recent book, What They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary, he emphatically states, ‘for those of us who are called to ministry in the local church, please hear me say: no other vocational pursuit will satisfy.’
In a day when the demands upon church leadership seem higher than ever, where stress is on the increase and the tension of fight or flight is keenly felt, veteran pastor James Emery White brings a vital message to leaders on the front lines.
James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; President of Church and Culture, a ministry which explores the intersection of faith and culture; and ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which he also served as their fourth president.