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2017 Church Council Nominees

On August 27th during the Sunday morning services, it will be my honor on behalf of the staff and Church Council to present Levi Perkins and Chuck Stones for congregation affirmation of a 3-year term on our Church Council.

Our Church Council functions as our elders. We use the qualifications found in Scripture (Titus 1; I Timothy 3), and they have the same expectations on them: to help me lead the church, protect the vision, and guard against bad doctrine. These leaders have high expectations on them and rightfully so, as their lives are to be examples to others as to what following Jesus should look like.

This process started all the way back in April with their applications. We asked for the story of how they came to know Christ, their thoughts on theology, leadership lessons learned this past year, as well as their dreams for Western Hills. It’s a fairly thorough application that they have to fill out. On top of that, we spent some time getting to know the candidates over coffees, lunches, and in multiple Council meetings.

Both of these men have a long history of servant leadership in the church. Many of you know them and know them well. For those who don’t, I’d love for you to get to know them. To that end, here are interviews we did with the candidates as well as some excerpts from their applications:

 

Chuck Stones

Wife: Sandy
Children: Alicia, Rick & Steven
Employer: Kansas Bankers Association

 

Chuck Stones Long Interview from Western Hills Church on Vimeo.

Story – Coming to Know Christ
I was converted at a “revival” at First Southern Baptist Church in Topeka. Probably like everybody else, at the time I thought this was a “spur of the moment” decision. However, as I look back on my “life before Christ,” I can see God’s guiding and protecting hand in my life.

I think that I am still “coming to know Christ.” I accepted Him as my Savior then and am trying to learn to live my life as Jesus would live it, if He were me. I am learning to be like Christ.

I have to admit that the last 5-10 years have been pretty spiritually dry for me (my fault – I was “on the throne of my life,” not God). But about 9-10 months ago, Christ became more active and alive to me than ever before. He has opened my eyes and heart to see that we all can truly live as He taught and that it IS possible by daily grace. Jesus taught that the “Kingdom of God” is available 1) to everyone, and 2) now. This is what being a disciple is all about.

Church Leadership Experience
Worship Team – Singer

Church Councils: First Baptist, Haysville; Covenant Baptist & Western Hills Church, Topeka

Top Two Spiritual Lessons
1) I am blessed – not because of “things,” circumstances or people. I am blessed the same way that we are all Blessed. Because:

    A. The Kingdom of God is available to me, now;
    B. Because nothing can separate me from the love of God, through Jesus, and
    C. I am blessed because: The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need; He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside the still water, He restores my soul. He guides me along paths of righteousness, bringing honor to His name. Even though sometimes I walk in dark, scary places, I will fear nothing, because You are with me. Your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a meal for me, right in front of my enemies, you honor me by anointing me with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will live with You in your Kingdom forever.

2) Our love for others is what defines us as His disciples. It proves to the world that we are His disciples – not what church we belong to, or political party we vote for, or what our position on social issues is. In the end three things will remain, faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.

Two Leadership Principles & Their Utilization
1) I think communication is vital in leadership;

2) Once a vision is cast and a goal is agreed to, I think it is important for a leader to be able to be flexible with the team as to “how” the goal is accomplished. It may take some mid-term discussions and coaching to make sure everybody is still on the same page, but there are many paths to the finish line.

3) A leader must be a great encourager/cheerleader and have the team’s back. Trust between the leader and team and among the team is critical.

Goals
I have no agenda. I want to serve the Body of Christ in whatever way God has for me. However – and this is NOT meant as a critique or criticism – I would love to see Western Hills Church get really serious about teaching the Kingdom of God and discipleship.

 

 

Levi Perkins

Wife: Jenifer
Children: Matthew & Lily
Employer: U.S. Department of Labor

 

Levi Perkins Long Interview from Western Hills Church on Vimeo.

Story – Coming to Know Christ
At a young age I was scared of Hell and wanted to be in Heaven with God. In my teens, I learned of how to have a relationship with the Father.

After I returned from war, I was greatly changed and awakened to God’s power and love of us.

Church Leadership Experience
Upward – Referee for Basketball & Soccer

Missions Team – Co-Leader

Topeka Friendship Network – Church Coordinator

ShareFest – Foreman

Top Two Spiritual Lessons
1)  God’s Way: By walking with God, you can see His blessings and be part of His plan or take your own path and not share in His glory.

2)  You are Forgiven: As children of the Father, no matter how bad we mess up, we can run home to the Father.

Two Leadership Principles & Their Utilization
1) Lead from the front: If you don’t do it, your people won’t either.

2) Train and grow the team you want. You can never afford to hire the team you want.

Goals
I hope to see more people engaged in all of our ministries and missions, for us to be a church with over 50% doing the work and tithing.

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