Like a Teaching Hospital

EBF Creative Arts

2013-06-30 10.43.11

Like a Teaching Hospital

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If you know anything about a “Teaching Hospital,” then you have a good idea of how Evanston Bible Fellowship is structured. At a teaching hospital, there are many doctors and practicing physicians, but there are also residents and interns who do a great deal of the medical process. When my wife delivered Eli, our son, much of her care was given by interns and residents. And they were terrific!

At EBF, we have a robust internship and residency program. Interns and residents take real command of real ministries full of real people, and are entrusted with shepherding and administrating well. Further still, we give many gifted men who are not interns or residents the opportunity to serve and lead; you will see them preaching, teaching, leading worship, and much more. This is very near to the center of who we are at EBF – a church that trains leaders, plants churches, and believes that youth is an asset to be honed, not a nuisance to be suppressed.

The first two Sundays in July brought us two first-time EBF preachers. Ryan, a junior at Northwestern University, preached a powerful message on humility on July 7. This was Ryan’s first time ever preaching, and he was terrific! Then, on July 14, Dan, a staff member for Cru at Northwestern University, preached an impassioned sermon on evangelism and faith-multiplication. Thy each had distinctive styles and deliveries, and yet both blessed us as a church tremendously!

Pastor Jason, our lead pastor, is an amazing preacher. His giftedness is undeniable, and many of his sermons seem to be simply anointed. However, he only preaches 40 times a year, so that guys like Ryan, Dan, and many more get the chance to step up to the plate and take a swing. This is all by design. And that is how EBF is like a teaching hospital.

Setlist, July 7, 2013

Mountain Song – EBF Family Band

It Is Well With My Soul – Traditional, arr. EBF Family Band

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United

Great I Am – Jared Anderson

Setlist, July 14, 2013

Rhythms of Grace – Hillsong United

All Creatures of Our God and King – Traditional, new verses by Andy Hudson, arr. EBF Family Band

Be Thou My Vision – Traditional

Like An Avalanche – Hillsong United

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United

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