WEST VALLEY LUNCH:
The Leader and the Pursuing God
As leaders, we often feel like we need to be pace setters in pursuing God. But, if we’re honest, God can often feel distant, even as we seek to lead others. We search for books, methods, tools and practices to help us pursue God with more intentionality.
But what if we have it backward and God is the one pursuing us? What if our job is not to go find God, but to stop running and hiding? Not to discover the light, but step out of the shadows? Not to earn God's love, but simply receive it?
Jesus reveals a God who comes after us, who is on the prowl, hunting down his world for reconciliation. And the question we're left with is not whether we've been good enough, jumped high enough, or sought hard enough...
The question is: "Do we want to be found?"
In the midst of this conflicted and complicated world, it’s important for leaders to step back and reflect on the God who offers Himself to us in generous love.
Speaker: Joshua Ryan Butler
Josh is the author of two books: Pursuing God and The Skeletons in God's Closet. He's also the Pastor of Local & Global Outreach at Imago Dei in Portland, overseeing our local ministries in Portland and international partnerships in Vietnam and Cambodia. He has also worked as a sheepherder on a Navajo reservation for six months (no, seriously, he did). Josh holds a BA from the University of Oregon in International Studies and History, and an MDiv in Theological Studies from Multnomah Seminary. Josh, his wife Holly, and their daughter Aiden enjoy hanging out with good friends over a good meal.
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