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Romans 13:1: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

James 1:27: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

The Christian Churches Network of London held its monthly luncheon on September 27, 2018 at The Deck, Youth For Christ’s indoor skate park. YFC’s own Café Connect provided a lovely meal including an in-house home-made chicken pot pie.

Paul Hubert was the keynote speaker for the event. Hubert is the executive director of Pathways Skill Development, a not for profit organization here in London that helps un- and under-employed people gain skills and long-term employment. He is also finishing up his third term as a city counselor in Ward 8, and recently announced that he would not be seeking a fourth term. Hubert remains dedicated to the citizens of London, and his address shone a light on the lessons he has learned in those years.

Hubert spoke of three keys to success, especially in political roles. He likened the role of the politician to that of the pastor, as both have large numbers of people to be accountable to.

The first key he spoke of was that of identity, in other words, who am I? Hubert believes that you must have a clear sense of identity to make it as a politician and to not simply play to the crowd for popularity and votes. He talked of the “three self’s” of identity: Who I say I am, who you say I am, and who I think you think I am. To these three Hubert added a fourth, “Who does God say I am,” and he believes that all these need to be worked out.

Hubert felt a second key to public service is to remember why you’re in public service to begin with. People go into politics for many reasons; some are angry and want change, some want power, some have an ego that needs to be filled. He says the first question a leader must ask themselves is whether they are there to serve or be served. Being a leader means making tough decisions that won’t be popular with everyone, so extending grace and forgiveness and seeking reconciliation even when offended is paramount.

The third key Hubert spoke of was perspective, which is so easy to lose. He said that just as we are not the whole kingdom of God neither are we the whole of the city. There is a tendency for us to think we’re bigger than we are, and to lose perspective of the bigger picture.

Hubert gave four suggestions of how we as citizens of this city can “love London:” Tune in (do you know your neighborhood), suspend judgement, become a part of the future, and love graciously.

On a more personal note, Hubert was asked how we should pray for the city. He suggested the following:
  1. Pray for the peace of the city.
  2. Pray for the prosperity of the city.
  3. Pray for the next council, that they would not be afraid to lead.
  4. Pray for a spirit of collaboration.
  5. Pray that people of faith would be agents of grace in the city.

The Christian Churches Network of London strives to provide opportunities for Christian leaders in both churches and Christian ministry in London and area to connect, learn and grow together - all for the Kingdom of God to flourish in our community.