As church leaders, we serve a community of extraordinary people. Unfortunately, many don’t realize they are extraordinary. Instead, they are lured into thinking they are ordinary by the routine living of going to work, taking the kids to a variety of activities, and trying to keep up with the yard work and home repairs.
A friend of mine, Jon Stolpe, was convinced he was an ordinary guy living an ordinary life with a job in corporate America, a typical American family, and a black Labrador. Jon’s perspective changed dramatically when a young youth pastor from our church invited him to go on a mission trip to Guatemala. Since this initial trip in 2012, Jon and his family have developed a passion for serving in Guatemala.
In his newest book, Rooftop Reflections, Jon takes readers on a journey to Guatemala where he shares his thoughts and experiences from the rooftop of a house in the village of Santo Domingo Xenacoj. In the book, you’ll meet the people who have transformed Jon’s life and perspective, and you’ll be challenged to look for ways to find the extraordinary in your own life.
The book is a great reminder of the importance of inviting those in our churches to find ways to serve in the church, in the community, and in the world.