Leadership and “Mr. Holland’s Opus”

Our students in the class, Cultivating A Local Worship Ministry, watched the film Amazing Grace this week as a further study in worship history.

Feel free to join them in answering these questions:

“What was the dream of Mr. Holland according to the film?” (100 words minimum)

What elements threatened to pull him off track from that dream? (i.e. what impact did temptation, finances, home life with a disabled son, etc. have on his vision?) (100 words minimum)

What did he have to give up along the way, and what did he keep and finish, related to the dream? How did his dream change? (100 words minimum)

What principles related to godly spiritual leadership/vision, and the fulfillment of your dreams, can you draw from this movie? (100 words minimum)


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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