The “Genogram Your Family” tool is one of the pivotal tools we use at New Life Fellowship Church for deep, beneath the surface transformation. Jonathan Walton shared this poem at our Sunday services on July 20th about the profound impact the genogram had on his life. Enjoy! – Pete Poem – by Jonathan Walton Poetry is my releasemy shield from all griefmy refuge to which I retreat when this world is too much for mePhrases on pages are the language my mind speaksmetaphors and similespoetic elements I just breathe. My name is Jonathan Walton and I want to tell you about my genogram. A Genogram is a map of our family looking back.We take note of the values and stakeholdsThe do’s and don’ts of our householdsof our culturesAnd then you compare it to the Gospel.Because there are some things our family hold dear that don’t agree withthe family of JesusIn fact there are some actions. Read more.
The center of Christianity is endings and new beginnings, death and resurrection, leaving and launching into new unknowns. I have written and preached it. Now I am living it in a new way. Tonight is the Celebration of our 26 years at New Life Fellowship Church. This Sunday I preach my final message as Senior Pastor on “Lessons Learned in 26 Years at NLF.” I then officially transition to a new role within New Life under the new leadership (i.e. Rich Villodas and the Elder Board) on October 6th. I am continually asked by leaders around the country: “Really, Pete, how are you?” My answer: “I am thrilled and excited beyond words. I could never have imagined such a gift. Yes. I have some normal apprehensions, but this has been one of the highlights of my life. I would recommend it to every senior pastor!” This is the culmination of a 4½ year succession process.. Read more.