Jesus truly saw people. He stooped down to the lowly to lift them up, to remind them of their value, and provide for them where they had lack. Jesus gave sight to the blind, healed the sick, forgave the sinner, and raised the dead. But, Jesus also fed people.
We all have influence. Are we leveraging our influence in ways that reflect the change-making potential God has put inside of us? With this question in mind, we gathered once again for this year’s Global Leadership Summit. Stirred by a desire to grow as leaders both professionally and personally, we came.
“Children come to Jesus freely because he calls them. They come to Him in a place of simple faith. Trusting, open and ready. Children are incredibly valuable and important to us here at Westside. We value their innocence, trust and openness and know that from an early age they can step into a personal faith relationship with Jesus.”
-Joanie Morelock, Westside Kids Director
We believe that fathers and father figures play such a vital role in our families and community as they lay down their lives, provide for, and love extravagantly like Jesus does. We are so grateful to have such incredible fathers laying a strong and healthy foundation in our faith community.
God has uniquely fashioned women to nurture, care for, and courageously love those around them. We celebrate Motherhood AND Womanhood on this Mother’s Day. What a gift it is to have such strong, compassionate, and brave women walking this life beside us. This is a celebration. This is Motherhood.
Alongside the voices singing and hands raised in our weekend gatherings, there is a unique expression of adoration and connection happening that may go unseen. This is the deaf community that comes together every 9:45am service to experience Jesus in authentic ways. We are so thankful that God allows us to be unified as one family in this beautiful community of believers. God is doing incredible things in the lives of our deaf brothers and sisters and we celebrate with them.
Amidst the rough and rugged waters of Lake Victoria are distant shores teeming with people. These isolated islands are the very places that missionaries, Brent and Virginia Earwicker, are called to go. Compelled by a compassionate love for the lost and unreached people groups even further beyond, they bravely board boats and sail these unpredictable waters alongside their Bold Ventures Ministry team.
Love came down. This is why we gathered this Christmas season. We are a thankful people overwhelmed by the amazing work of God in our lives. Christmas at Westside is a reflection of the life we now know because of that love. We gather and watch as God makes His presence evident among us. We long to honor Him and see Him with fresh eyes this time of year.
What might happen if you and I were awakened to the truth that we have a greater influence than we know? Inside each of is the potential to be change-makers, inspiring others to go further and succeed. Inspired by this thought, Westside hosts the Global Leadership Summit to allow leaders to grow.
The decision to follow Jesus is monumental.
When we choose Jesus, we profess that He presides over our lives and we choose to lay everything aside in pursuit of Christ. But we do not walk the path alone.