Throughout all of God’s dealings with humanity, dating back to Eden itself, leaders were established as a means of providing peace, care, guidance, and determination to stay on the course set for us by our Ultimate Leader, God himself. For this reason, leaders are always first and foremost followers.
To be given the role of leader in Christ’s church is a profound privilege, a heavy responsibility, a humbling calling, and a deep joy.
Hebrews 13:17 brings the weight and splendor of the gospel to bear on how leaders lead and how the church follows, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
It is the desire and determination of the leaders of Mission Church to do all that is required and necessary according to the Word of God “until Christ is formed in you” (Gal 4:19). And by his grace, we will do so.
Does it really need to be written on the website that Jesus is our Senior Pastor?
We believe it does.
This is a very real and wonderful conviction: that Jesus is the legitimate, actual, functional, and good Shepherd of His Church. God the Father gave Jesus as head to the church for the accomplishment of His great Mission to redeem the lost to His glory (Eph 1:22-23) because without Jesus we are a wandering army with no General, a lost people with no King.
No other place in Scripture makes this as clear as Psalm 23. It starts with the declaration, "The LORD is my shepherd..." And what glorious leadership! He gives us provision of all we need, protection from all that would otherwise harm us, and purpose in life and eternity.
"So I exort the elders among you...shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock." 1Peter 5:1-4
Pastor Brian Hope
Leadership areas: Preaching, Leadership, & Gospel Communities
Hometown: Sitka, AK
Family: Married to Elisa since 1991 and super fantastic kids: Michaela and husband Jordan, Logan, & Spencer
Hobbies: movies, blues guitar, food - eating not cooking.
Favorite Music: Blues, Jazz, Classic Rock, Marc Broussard
Little-Known Fact: is completely unable to resist the power of a good apple fritter. Mmmmm...apple fritter....
Pastor Jairis Laurie
Leadership areas: Sunday Music
Hometown: Renton, WA
Family: Married to Stephanie since 2007 with two delightful daughters, Amelia & Fiona and two awesome sons, Elend & Riven.
Hobbies: Football, GO HAWKS!
Favorite Music: Most anything on an old fashioned record.
Little-Known Fact: Loves a well made cup of french press coffee.