Last night we had our Northwoods Leadership Christmas Party which consists of the Elders, Board of Directors, staff, spouses & significant others. (In all, there are about 150 of us). A couple thoughts:
- I know people love to bash "mega-churches," but it is such a privelege to serve with these people who love God and want other people to know him to. You can criticize all you want, but at the core of it all, is these amazing people.
- The entertainment wasn't so great. It usually isn't. What is fun, is sitting next to JD and laughing AT the entertainment. We usually have great fun. Last night was no exception.
- The food -- AMAZING! They really go all out for this thing every year.
- The longer I'm at Northwoods, the more I enjoy the recognition of staff that has been onboard for 5 & 10 years. When I was first at Northwoods, it didn't mean much, but now I recognize the quality of the people on our staff and it's just fun to applaud them and celebrate them. Last night we celebrated the 5-year mark for Penny Miller (children's ministry assistant), Karen Woo (care dept. assistant), Melanie Gray (facilities coordinator), Dawn Henderson (creative arts director), Steve Wilmert (amazing musical talent & music director) & Kerry Redshaw (my boss -- at least for a few more weeks).
I've said it before, but I feel so priveleged to work at Northwoods!