Perhaps you've read Stephen Covey's book 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. It is a best seller and has circulated for years. One of the seven habits is called "Sharpening the Saw." Stephen noted that successful people have a habit of developing themselves in order to keep themselves fit for their tasks. We took two days as a team to sharpen our saw by working our way through a training we call Building Powerful Ministry Teams (BPMT). For me this was the best team training I have ever participated in. It addresses the foundational areas that must function well if you are to be a powerful team. And we want that. You have heard me say this before, and I know you believe this too, because of your partnership with us.
Every day the Cru family (that includes you) awakes knowing that billions of people are deeply loved by their creator, but their sin separates them from knowing Him. We know that we are uniquely positioned to lead them to Jesus, under which there is no other name in which they can be saved. We can introduce them to Jesus, show them how to live with Jesus and train them to make disciples just like Jesus did. Win. Build. Send. If everybody did this we would see the Great Commission fulfilled. For us there is no other option.
We must work well as a team for our task is so great. Thank you for being on our team and helping to fulfill the Great Commission.