LEADERSHIP REALLY MATTERS
REV. JAY HANSON
I am a bridge towering high up in the sky.
Proudly I stand, spanning land to land.
Although many may not know
Without me progress would slow
For across me travelers must go.
I have a cause as noble as can be
My purpose is to allow people to walk over me.
Trampled underfoot by people rushing past
Climbed by thrill seekers hoping to make a splash
Driven over by large trucks
Flown past by noisy planes
Run through by foreign ships
Pounded by changing tides
I continue to thanklessly be what I was created to be
A bridge that helps people move beyond me!
Anne and I, Jay, live in an area with many bridges. Some are huge and others small, but all are needed. The mainland is connected to many separate islands. I guess you could reach these islands by plane or boat, but the usual way people get from one place to the next is over a bridge.
When the Church is at its best, it is a bridge which connects heaven to earth and humanity to God. When we are at our best, we are bridges. Bridges span divides and join people together. Our world is divided. The Church is divided and understandably so. A bridge doesn’t seek to make two places become one. Quite the opposite; a bridge acknowledges the unique differences of each place but connects equally with them both.
We are thankful for the bridges. Yes, the literal bridges in our area, but also the figurative people who serve as bridges in our lives and have helped us progress on our journeys. Most bridges are not glamorous or appreciated. They often take a beating and go unnoticed. But we need more bridges. For those called and created to be bridges, may your tribe increase and may your soul be sustained by knowing you are being what you created to be!
Jay Hanson, Director of Congregational Development and Lead Pastor of The Chapel Ministries, and Anne Bosarge, Associate Director of Congregational Development and Campus Pastor of The Chapel Online, serve at The Chapel Ministries. They love sharing about the ways God is moving in their church. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.