This is a picture of our family! My name is Mo Hodge and my wife Nancy and I have two children and each of our children, along with their spouses, have three children. We are certainly enjoying our grandparenting years!
We spent almost 40 years in ministry while living in Adams County. Nancy retired six years ago as a first grade teacher in the North Adams system. I worked for most of my ministry starting and leading two organizations. First was Big Jaws Youth for Christ for 13 years and then The Bridge Community Church for 18 years. For the past three years I have helped to resource Pastors and Leaders of Christian nonprofits to develop their leadership teams.
This past week during the warm weather we were able to do one of our favorite outdoor activities. We took some of our grandkids on a bike ride. We have some great bike trails in our area and our grandkids have developed a love for riding together, not to mention our love for being together with them! Together! Together we are a team. We are a picture of what it takes to accomplish great things, like a five-mile bike ride with kids ranging from six years in age to twelve years in age!
Teams can accomplish great things together that they could never accomplish individually. In fact, the “secret sauce” of leadership is the ability to establish strong teams. Here are some examples: 1) God is three in one. 2) Jesus chose and mentored Peter, James and John. 3) He chose and developed the team of twelve with only Judas failing him. 4) He sent out the twelve disciples (Mark 6) and then the seventy followers (Luke 10) in teams of two to take the message of the Kingdom to the villages of Judea. 5) Paul appointed leadership teams in the new churches he established. Developing strong teams is central to accomplishing the mission Jesus gave us.
So back to biking. Nancy and I took a group of high school students on a 1,000 mile bike trip, the pedal kind of bike, from Springfield, Illinois to Grand Lake, Colorado. We averaged 100 miles per day. Not one of the 30-some people who eventually conquered the Rocky Mountains could have made that trip alone. It took a team and leaders with a vision to make it happen.
You who collectively make up the Tower Life Center are a group of teams with the potential to accomplish great things for God that you could never do alone. The next two Sundays we’ll be exploring what Jesus had in mind when he established the church and how the Tower Life Center fits into his plan.
See you Sunday!