So today, as my reading in James 3 taught me more about meekness, especially meekness in leadership of a congregation, I am thinking of Bishop David Pytches. Through the “New Wine” gatherings and network tens of thousands (or more) believers have been strengthened and renewed in the U.K. and beyond, without him Soul Survivor would never have happened, people like Matt Redman would never have brought renewal to the worship life of the church.
One day at New Wine I was with him and his wife Mary as they were looking for a parking place at the Summer Gathering. A rather officious young volunteer on parking duty demanded to see their badge, told them rather ungraciously they should not be on the road they were on or the area in which they were in! I was raging and wanted to say, “ Look, sonny, do you not know without this man there would not have been car parking for you to supervise? He started this whole thing!!!” Instead David smiled and said “ Thank you so much for your help and for what you are doing. God bless.”
Later on in the same week I saw David making his way from the car park to the Leaders’ Tent in torrential rain, with Tesco bags over his shoes, as thousands of all ages thronged past him, scarcely noticing him. He didn’t seem to need to be noticed. He didn’t seek the limelight. He had a great gift of making people feel they mattered more than him and made “you” and your family and ministry the central thing in humour peppered conversation.
Meekness in practice: wider than shorthand definitions.
I saw the same thing as Tommy MacNeil interviewed Bishop Sandy Millar for the service in Martin’s Memorial a week or two ago. Worth watching if you have not done so already.
Men like this, without them knowing it, have taught me so much about how to lead a work of God and see it blessed and fruitful.
Thank you Kenny.
Good basic politeness and thinking of others plus not pushing themselves forward is shown in your descriptions, Kenny.
I used to feel shamed many years ago, away on Parish Weekends, due to the dreadfully demanding manner so many Christians used towards those waiting on tables.
I can think of occasions, not all in the distant past either, when my own patience has worn thin eg in hospital when told to fast for 12 hours including water while my whole body was crying out for loads of water in its attempts to overcome severe infection. I was cross. It should have been only 2 hours, not more than 13 by the time I could drink water again.
But Jesus… on the cross, parched under the sun… severely wounded and dying… forgiving his tormentors after rebuking Peter when the soldiers came to arrest him… calmly healing the severed ear of one man whom Peter violently attacked. And permitting the stunned soldiers to take him away without protest.
No, I don’t come up to that standard, and few do.
Looks like God is concerned about this now https://missionspaul.com/2021/05/12/leadership-is/
Thanks for posting this link! Kenny
Thanks Kenny I love this, and so evident in your character and behaviour that you’ve been influenced by these men.