Tuesday was a very surreal and extraordinary day. The acting president of NavPress, Charlie Dokmo, met with the team I work with. He is a man of impeccable integrity and sensitivity. Alongside him was Darrell, a representative from the Human Resources department at NavPress. He too is a very special man. Like Charlie, he too depicts what it means to be a mature follower of Jesus Christ. Each of them exhibits a spirit of love and concern for others and an obvious respect for the needs of those they lead.
As we sat down around the table, all of us were a bit on edge. The elephant in the room was huge. Like all great leaders do, Charlie removed the elephant quickly, telling the team that he was grateful for our work, and that we were great employees but that some changes had to be made. He then shared with us that our jobs were being deleted.
I may have been more proud to be with the Navigators on this day than any other. There were no tears, no dirty glances between team members, no verbal attacks. Neither Charlie nor Darrell threw around clichés that would belittle the moment. Throughout the room there were only mature followers of Jesus Christ, each concerned for the other. Charlie and Darrell were forced to tell us that we were no longer employed while, with the emotional artistry of professional counselors, being certain our dignity remained in tact. And each of us spoke to them about how hard their job was and that we were so sorry they found themselves in this situation.
And so… The blog post you’re reading today will be the last on this site. Will I blog again? You can count on it. Once I land at my next ministry location, I will be blogging just as I have up until this moment.
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I will forever be indebted to the Navigators. It is because of these very special people that my life calling has changed. For many years my life purpose statement was to see, “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet.” Today my life calling is to see, “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.”
Until we meet again…