Today I am excited to be participating in The Rite of Passage blog tour. You can view more details here.
I know Jim McBride on multiple levels. I first got to know him as his pastor. Jim and his family were new in town and visited Sherwood. He was the new manager for the Coca-Cola Plant in Albany, and it didn’t take long for me to discover this man was a leader.
I’ve known him as a Sunday School teacher, faithful deacon, chairman of our School Committee, and now as a staff member. In every capacity, Jim has modeled integrity, a commitment to excellence, and a passion for things eternal.
Ten years ago, Jim came on our staff and serves as my Executive Pastor. He runs the day-to-day operations for a multi-million dollar church budget and has guided us through four significant capital campaigns geared to reaching the next generation for Christ. He’s given guidance to the completion of Legacy Park, our 82-acre Sports Complex built with the sacrificial gifts of our membership and monies from Sherwood Pictures.
In addition, he oversees all the contracts and financial arrangements for Sherwood Pictures. I think you can see that Jim’s a busy man. We have traveled across the country these last few years to churches, conferences, big events, and media interviews to talk about what God was doing through the movies Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. When you spend as much time together as we do, you begin to know each other on multiple levels.
Jim is not only a co-laborer and my Executive Pastor, he is my friend. He knows me inside and out and still chooses to love me and stand with me as we seek to reach the world from Albany, Georgia. I couldn’t imagine being on this journey without him.
But this book is not about how many plates he spins for Sherwood Church. It’s about Jim as a husband and father. Even with all his responsibilities, Jim has proven himself to be a godly man with an unwavering commitment to his wife and kids. I honestly don’t know how he finds the time to do all he does, but he does it.
Jim has four grown children. When I first met this family, his kids were much younger. Now three of them are married, and there are grandkids in the picture. Jim’s children love and honor their dad. I’ve watched and listened as his children have sought him for wisdom and direction. He is a good and godly guide to them. He offers them nuggets of truth on which they can build their lives. This book is not Jim’s “idea”—it’s his life. It’s how he has lived out being a godly man, husband, and father.
Rite of Passage was born, not out of theory, but out of practice. All of Jim’s children have walked through this rite of passage. You will get to know Jim in this book, and you’ll love his heart. You’ll see the commitment he and Sheila have to developing their kids into Christ-followers. They have all received their father’s blessing, and they know both the strong personality and tender heart of their dad. These young men and women are evidence of a man who has guided his household in truth.
In a day when so many homes are lacking a father who leads, this book is a much needed resource. It will encourage you, wherever you are with your children or grandchildren, to set the bar high. I encourage you to read this book and then make personal application of the truths and examples within your own family.