On this episode of the Wise Counsel Project, Gary Martin Hays interviews Jeff Henderson, lead pastor of North Point Ministries Gwinnett Church.
Since we are in the midst of the Christmas season, Gary asked his pastor’s thoughts on how to put the “Christ” back into Christmas season. Jeff encouraged believers to be proactive in doing 1 thing per day for someone else – “that way it’s manageable”, he says.
Jeff referred to this season as the”Super Bowl”of the church world. He makes every attempt not to let work take over. He wants his family to be part of what is going on at the church – not just, “oh, that’s dad’s job”. One of his top priorities is to make sure they are not just consumers. Jeff and his wife instilled a component of serving in their children, even as little kids. The key focus they are taught is to help someone else.
Although many people’s favorite time of the year, Christmas is not a joyous time for everyone. Gary and Jeff address the issue. Jeff encourages being in community (being around others), being honest about where you are and being able to say, “This isn’t a good time for me”. He invites people to a new perspective and encourages them to set a New Year’s resolution that would look ahead to the next Christmas saying to yourself, “Next Christmas, I will be in a local church and I will be helping someone else.”
North Point has a great network of counselors although there are no in-house counselors. People are directed to the appropriate place and there is a grief sharing program for people who are grieving, as well.
Jeff also talks about his love for goals and believes they should be measurable and specific.They are :
On this episode of the Wise Counsel Project Gary Martin Hays concludes his interview with lead pastor of North Point Community’s Gwinnett Church, Jeff Henderson.
When asked his thoughts on how to successfully implement New Year’s Resolutions, Jeff discloses a method he was taught. “Each day,” he suggests, “ look at what your plan might be or your goals for 2 minutes”. This keeps Jeff intentional and helps to take away the tendency to just breeze through life.
The two had a compelling conversation about work. What is the purpose of work? Many people think work is a curse, but Jeff says, biblically it is not. God gave Adam work – the land and the garden – right off the bat! It was a gift and a blessing. For many people, that blessing has become a curse and they feel that their job has no purpose. Jeff explains that there is no such thing as a job without purpose. One of Jeff’s own personal quotes is” the purpose of your life at work is to show that God is at work in your life. – and you can start that today – at your next shift!”
Especially during this harried season, it is difficult to find time to rest. Gary asks Jeff to describe how he implements time to rest and how he avoids burn out. Jeff points out how God talks a lot about rhythms and patterns. There are different seasons in life – some busy, some not. When the busy season ends he urges people to get back into the rhythm that God has set out for them.
Many in Gwinnett county and beyond have seen and asked about the “For Gwinnett” t-shirts, bumper stickers and the big sign on the side of Peachtree Industrial Blvd. As Gwinnett Church heads toward opening day (January 25) Jeff describes what ‘For Gwinnett’ means. “Many people” he says, “know what the church is against rather than what the church is for and Gwinnett Church wants to be known for what they are FOR”. They are for the “un-churched” people who live in Gwinnett County. Their goal is to ‘love on’ and win the hearts of those individuals who don’t know Jesus. Jeff wants people to know that Gwinnett Church is expecting them. The real goal of the church is to do life alongside people who will love and support you. To learn more about Gwinnett Church you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or at www.Gwinnettchurch.org.