A New Culture of Honour at C3 UNITEDLIFE
What a Sunday! If you missed Honour Sunday last week then you definitely missed out. Everything about this Service was going to be different. Coming down the steps into the auditorium, folks were greeted with a glass of elderflower bubbly before coming into the 'Oscars' themed service, sitting around large round tables. Following an amazing opening song by Shandah Graham, the church joined together to worship and then 113 people were honoured for their commitment and dedication, serving the Lord in teams within the life of our church.
What is a 'Culture of Honour'?
Bill Johnson from Bethel Church in Reading, California defines 'the Culture of Honour' as 'identifying and celebrating the treasure within a person, whilst ignoring any flaws, defects or errors'. Through honouring people in this way, Bill's church has seen amazing transformation take place. Individuals have been changed as the church has celebrated what Christ has done within them. The result - an army of servant-hearted leaders who are empowering a new generation of people to be part of the mission of Jesus. At C3 UNITEDLIFE, we believe that it's vital for every person to feel valued and to belong - and the starting place for that is to serve on one of our teams. Our Senior Pastors Paul and Jillian shared about how they believe that this landmark Service was the start of that new culture of honour beginning within the church. We know God is on the move amongst us as we transition into being a church-planting congregation. The atmosphere was electric and charged with the presence of God and I personally believe it was a defining moment in our church's history.
Honouring our teams
It was so wonderful to watch so many people coming forward to receive their flowers and chocolates, especially Rossi who came to represent the team at Bourne Hall who serve us each week. I managed to speak to him afterwards and he was bowled over by the encouragement and the number of people who came up to thank him for his service.
It was also so special to honour Sarah O'Brien and Jolene Townsend who have served on the Staff Team in our Children and Youthwork Departments. During the restructure, these two women have acted with incredible integrity and diligence and it was a joy to especially honour them for all they have done to serve our kids!
C3 UNITEDLIFE’S Honour Award
I was so pleased to see our Treasurer - Olive Creed being awarded the special trophy for her commitment and service over some 30 years to the church. Olive served under Michael Conrathe and under my dad’s leadership and has remained one of the pillars within the church, quietly serving behind the scenes. Michael commented “Through all the different changes that have happened in that time, from change of church names, leadership and meeting places, there has been one constant...Olive as treasurer!”
Olive taught me at Nursery, so she's Miss Olive to me; we already joked with her and the staff team that we will have to call this award 'The Creed Award' going forward in remembrance of her devotion to the church family!
So with so much excitement and celebration it's essential for us as a church to look ahead to the future and build on this special Service. There are many people within our communities who also need to be honoured. What if our church were to be known by the local authority as the church who celebrated local initiatives, businesses, and championed good causes? I believe it's time to get planning for next year's Honour Sunday to be even bigger and better - let me know if you have a heart to get involved.
And if you're not yet serving on a team, then get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and take your next step to serving in the mission of Jesus!