For leaders, Christmas brings a medley of excitement and challenges. While numerous opportunities arise for connections with our congregations and workplaces, community and neighbours, we often experience heightened levels of stress, obligations, and weariness. Let’s talk about how we, as leaders, can care for ourselves during this season.
Why does Christ have to die for the sins of humanity? What does he save us from? This may seem like a trite question, but throughout history, powerful forces have sought to trivialize the answer. And our generation is no exception. The Gospel of Matthew offers a profound insight into this question.
We don’t often associate this message with Christmas. I have yet to read or even write a Christmas story that includes it. It doesn’t seem to fit. John’s message and ministry as a whole don’t seem to fit. And yet, when our four chief storytellers set out to tell us the Christmas story in the most basic of terms, they each include John’s message and ministry.
Jean-Christophe shares this vision for ETEQ: “I dream of a school that will renew and energize our churches in Quebec and beyond and of teachers who will profoundly influence the spiritual life of students, encouraging them to make a positive contribution to Quebec society.”