For many years, Jerry Cook was the Senior Pastor of East Hill Church in Gresham, Oregon.
The church grew to become a large and influential ministry under Jerry's leadership.
East Hill's influence wasn't due to its size but to the voice released through its leadership to the greater Church body.
gave us the ability to see a model of leadership in operation that was unique on the Spirit-filled landscape.
taught us to become thinking Pentecostals and not to live in the fear that our thinking would somehow chase the Holy Spirit away.
While sitting in a gathering of pastors, I asked Jerry
: "How do you make decisions?
replied, "When we have a decision to make, we look at all our options.
We then choose the one we think sounds the most like God.
Then we begin walking down that road."
I asked another question, "What if you made the wrong decision?"
answered, "God has always been faithful to pick us up from the wrong road and put us on the right road, if our hearts were right."
As Jerry's answers to my questions circled within my mind, I realized I had been given one of those life-truths I would be unpacking for years to come.
not only gave me insight into his
leadership style but also into the heart of God.
Jerry's answer deposited several insights into my life:
Decision-Making Should be Collegial
used the word "we" five times to describe how he
made decisions that affected the ministry of East Hill
did not lead from a solitary position.
team to make decisions with him.
Of all the things I learned that day with Jerry Cook
, this one was the most significant.
These insights from Jerry Cook
have allowed me to grow in the most important element in decision-making: learning about and trusting in the heart of God.