Thinking Out Loud

April 18, 2010

Seeds, Roots, Branches, Fruit

Today’s post is a simulpost with the blog,  Christianity 201.

A guy I knew locally, Paul Kern, is now pastoring the Highland Park Wesleyan Church in Ottawa, Ontario the capital city of Canada. I decided to see what he was up to by checking the church’s website and got more than I hoped for.

This chart shows their purpose as a church. The third horizontal section is about their particular ministries and won’t make a lot of sense to you and I, but I left it intact, since it shows how a theoretical purpose is played out in practical ways through their weekly programs and special events.  Here’s what it says:

“Our purpose at Highland Park Wesleyan Church is simple: We want to be disciples who go out and make disciples.

“Many people are at different places on their spiritual journey and the design of our ministry is to meet your spiritual needs where you are and help you along on your Christian path. We believe God wants us to be consistent in our growth and maturity as Christians.

“Our plan is similar to many good churches, and is taken directly from the journey Jesus invites us to in the Bible. These are the milestones of our Christian Journey that Highland Park endeavors to help us through as we hear Christ inviting us to:



  1. This is really cool. Always a bit of an unexpected pleasure to find others out there doing it for real.

    Comment by Michael Pregent — April 19, 2010 @ 12:13 am

  2. What a great emphasis, to be disciples that go out and create disciples. There seems to be not enough of this in our churches.

    Comment by Rick Supplee — April 19, 2010 @ 7:54 am

  3. Way to go Wog! Were proud of what you are doing for the Lord!

    Comment by Wendy Kern — April 20, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

  4. Re. comment # 3

    Just for the record, as best I can discern from his e-mail address, “Wog” is a nickname for the pastor in question. I’m sure there’s a story…

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — April 20, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    • The “way to go Wog ” comment was from his mother…Think Pollywog.

      Comment by Heather — October 29, 2012 @ 11:08 am

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