Stewarding our Sacred Space: Meet Erik Beck, Facilities Custodian

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Wellspring Englewood

This past Thursday afternoon, I watched Erik Beck breaking up ice in our parking lot and removing large chunks of snow in preparation for Sunday.

I was humbled and thankful.

For those of you who have not had a chance to meet Erik Beck yet, the newest addition to our staff and our facilities custodian, Wellspring Englewood is grateful to have someone dedicated to stewarding and caring for our sacred space.

“My favorite thing about Wellspring is feeling connected to the church community in a deeper way than other churches I’ve attended in the past, and seeing the care that the members of the community have for each other and for everyone."

Erik originally hails from Brooklyn Park, MN, is finishing up his degree in Justice and Mission at Denver Seminary, enjoys creating music and playing Ultimate Frisbee. He has been doing custodial work for the past year and a half and believes in a philosophy of stewardship:

“I believe that being a good steward of the resources we’ve been given is very important. It not only shows that we care about the things God has given us, but it also allows for ministry in the church building to be possible and run smoothly.”

From our vantage point, caring for, maintaining, fixing, cleaning, and improving our building is a ministry in and of itself.

Every Sunday when our knees feel the rough carpet beneath us during confession, or when we offer a hot meal and groceries to the homeless, we are affirming that we are physical beings and God’s creation is indeed good. Caring for our building is just an overflow of this affirmation.

When asked how his view of ministry has changed during this season of custodial work, Erik said:

“It has allowed me to see the church in a different way and be focused on things I wouldn’t have even thought about before. I get to see how using our resources wisely and keeping the building maintained flows into other parts of church ministry. This has also served as an introduction to ministry as a whole.”

When I think about our church home, the place where God meets with his people week in and week out, I can’t help but hear resonating tones of that first creation scene ages ago: God creates his magnificent, spectacular universe (and universes) and shouts to the cosmos: “It is GOOD!” Then he places us, humanity, in the midst of this beauty and goodness.

We are physical and spiritual beings and if the gospel is the gospel- then that means it is good news for every part of us.

This is why when we view a stunning piece of artwork with our eyes, it has the capacity to touch our soul. This is why when we are emotionally stressed about finances or a relationship, it is expressed in an ulcer or some other physical manifestation.

Yes, we need prayer, spiritual guidance, and biblical teaching.

We also need to know we're safe, we're secure, and better yet, to be surrounded by beauty. Because when we are, we are experiencing the gospel.

The next time you see Erik shoveling snow or replacing paper towels, maybe it will remind you of God’s beauty and provision for us.

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