Fellowship Church is currently discussing its core values. One of these values is intentional apprenticing. I’m really looking foreward to doing that message with Pastor Marty. What follows is the beginning of what I’m going to share. More will come later. But I’m hoping that you’ll share your observations and thoughts about this topic… Maybe their is something I’m missing. Maybe I’ve got it all wrong.
Like all our services, it’ll be broadcast live on August 2nd, and archived for about a week, at http://fellowshipholden.com if you’re interested in checking it out. At any rate, here’s the beginning of my part:
I think we can find a lot out about intentional apprenticing by thinking about making cookies… And more specifically, with a kid. I’ve asked _____ and his girl _______ to come up, and to get the dough going for some cookies while I’m speaking. As we watch them, I hope maybe it will be an object lesson for us, a way to focus in on the ideas that I’m talking about.
What we all know is that when we want to spend time with my kids, when we want them to learn something from us, we love to bake with them.
However, when we just want to eat something yummy, when I want it to go quickly and efficiently and when I want to have a better chance that everything is going to turn out right, it’s easier to do just do it myself.
The most obvious way this applies to what we’re doing is to realize that when we intentionaly apprentice, it might get a little messy. It might take a little bit longer. Perhaps, in the end, the cookies won’t even quite turn out as good. One thing to do, when we think about the topic of intentional apprenticing, is to to grab on to the idea that the mentor is the dad, and the apprentice is his daughter.
And so, of course, the implication of all this is that if the parent simply makes the cookies, the kid never learns how.
That’s all true, as far as it goes. It’s true that, if we don’t apprentice people, then they won’t learn. But let’s look at this illustration a little bit differently. Because we’re all apprentices when it comes to God. We’re all sons and daughters, when it comes to the person who we’re working for.
Have you ever thought about that: God’s has this mission that is close to his heart. And if he did it himself, he would do it perfectally.
God doesn’t seek us out because we’re more talented. God doesn’t seek us out because we’ve got more time on our hands. God doesn’t want a second opinion, or because he’s bored with the same old thing time after time.
Whatever it is you do to fufill God’s mission on earth, he could do it better. He could play a better guitar. He could preach a better sermon. He could love the fatherless, he could care for widows, he could nurture the Earth, he could witness… all of them, he could do better than us. Infinitely better than us.
This leads to the question: Why does God do it all? Why does God intentionally aprentice us? The answer to this question is closely connected to the question, Why should we intentionally apprentice others?
It’s the same reasons we make chocolate chip cookies with our kids, rather than do it by ourselves. Because we want to teach them a little something. Because we want to spend time with them. Because doing something with somebody is better than having it done for you, because this action teaches and grows us.