This past Sunday, we had the privilege of introducing our Orthopraxis graduates to the next stage of their discipleship with the departmental orientations for Media, Events, and Ekko Kids. Our membership process takes a full year to undergo—from the beginning of the year, when they take Orthopraxis, to the next stage, where they serve under the banner of the Hospitality department, and lastly, to the department of their choice before they take the membership pledge. 52 people have gone through this process with Hospitality—15 of which are going to Events, 6 of which are going to Ekko Kids, and 7 of which are heading onto Media.
The last few months of serving with Hospitality is important for our DNA. It’s a time when our mission as “home” gets actualized into reality. Because if we say that we believe our mission is to be a home, then we need to learn how to be hospitable.
If you’re like me, when I have people over, I usually tend to go on a crazy cleaning spree beforehand—I vacuum, rearrange the furniture, do the dishes, put away my books, make the bed, and so on. I do this because a house that’s clean and ordered is a house that makes people feel safe to come and rest, have meaningful conversations, to enjoy the presence of the other. (If you’ve ever gone to a house in disarray, you know exactly what I’m talking about.) So it is with the church: the time we put into rearranging the chairs, setting aside parking, cleaning the toilets, taking out the trash, are all meant to remind us that the church is a resting place for those in need of a “home.” We give our Orthopraxis graduates the opportunity to do this and emulate the example of Jesus, our Master, who on the last night before his betrayal and death, chose to wash the feet of his friends and disciples.
He chose to serve.
And when people have had the chance to learn how to wash the feet of others and have learned this core value, they are given more opportunities to do so in other arenas of our tribe.
Help us welcome our new Orthopraxis graduates into their departments as they begin serving in October. We are all enriched and the better for their participation and presence with us each Sunday.
- Isaac Chong