What Am I Thankful For? What Are You Thankful For?

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“What is one thing your church does really well?”

An easy question to answer, you would think. But I had to think about it for a while when I was asked it by a friend during a recent Salt Lake City huddle. I struggled with this question because too often it is not the good things that make it to my desk, but the problems, the complaints, the frustrations, the struggles.

I don’t know about you, but in the midst of what seems like never-ending problems and struggles (which is a lie), I find myself feeling frustrated and discouraged. Which brings me back to the question, asked slightly differently:

“What am I thankful for at Mountain Life Church?”

As we enter the holiday season with Thanksgiving and Christmas rapidly approaching (a little too fast, if you ask me), I need to, for the sake of my soul, cultivate gratitude. God is working in His people. God is working in and through the leaders I shepherd.

In an effort to remember and recall to mind what I am thankful for at Mountain Life Church here is the beginning of my list:

  • I am thankful for a successful all-church campaign where people encountered Jesus.
  • I am thankful for Life Group leaders who faithfully shepherd their group.
  • I am thankful for leaders who take time to attend our Life Group Leader Huddle (you can read about it here).
  • I am thankful for a church that welcomes people.
  • I am thankful for a senior pastor who has rooted himself here for almost 25 years.
  • I am thankful for a couple who is taking a newer couple under their wings as they seek Jesus.
  • I am thankful for Life Group leaders who encourage me.
  • I am thankful for the sacrificial giving of our people in order to expand our facility.
  • I am thankful for a Life Group that rallied around a young family who had a preemie baby, helping to buy diapers and pay for a room to stay in.
  • I am thankful for the 5 new groups we started this fall.

I ask you, small group point people, what are you thankful for at your church?

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1, 28-29).

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Andrew Camp has an MA in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Talbot Seminary. He is also a professionally trained chef, most recently as the sous chef at Silver Restaurant in Park City, UT until it closed in 2015. Since then, he has served as the Spiritual Growth Pastor at Mountain Life Church in Park City. He and his wife, Claire, live just outside of Park City with their two young daughters, Hazelle and Hannah.