Matchmaking to a new level

Kara Powell | Jul 29, 2010

These days I’m reading Eric Michael Bryant’s book, Not Like Me. Eric oversees the leadership team at Mosaic in Los Angeles, a church known for many things, one of which is its senior pastor, Erwin Raphael McManus. I’ve had coffee with Eric a few times and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him and understanding his heart for ministry.

In Eric’s book, he covers so many important topics related to ministry in today’s culture - ranging from “Much Sex in the City” (great chapter title) to how to Love our Neighbor.

Eric describes himself as a matchmaker. His church is over 80% single and he enjoys the chance to connect people with each other. And then he takes matchmaking to a new level by writing:

“When you have a good marriage, you want everyone to experience that amazing relationship. The same should be true in our relationship with Christ.”

What a great way of looking at a deeper kind of matchmaking. I’ve never thought of it before but I love how Eric’s heart is grounded in the type of real life - both eternal life as well as a much better life in the present - found through getting to know Jesus.

Well done, Eric. Can’t wait to keep reading.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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