Monday, February 24, 2020
Pastor Stu Davis
Stu Davis has spent the last 15 years working both in and alongside churches, businesses, and nonprofits, seeking to build unity and collaboration around some of Colorado Springs’ biggest challenges. He recently spent 4 years in leadership at Springs Rescue Mission, where he helped bring over 50 churches alongside private and public funders to establish Colorado Springs’ first and largest low-barrier homeless shelter and resource center. Prior to that, he spent nearly a decade on the pastoral staff at Woodmen Valley Chapel, one of Colorado’s largest churches. As Executive Director of COSILoveYou, Stu enjoys working with the breadth and variety represented among the local Church, and has been a part of the COSILoveYou movement since its genesis in 2014.
In addition to his work in the faith and nonprofit communities, Stu loves coaching his son’s youth soccer team and serving on the board of the Community Roundtable, a local organization connecting large and small faith-based nonprofits in Colorado Springs. A recent graduate of the selective Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Stu recently received his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University. Most importantly, he has been married to Abby (also a Taylor grad) for 19 years, and has three teenage children (Maryn, Raina, and Kemper).
In 2010, Stu was the first soccer player inducted in the Taylor University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a 3-year Taylathon champion, served as both a DC and PA on 2nd Center Wengatz, and was one of 3 student-leaders who established the Cardboard Boat Regatta in 2001.
- What are the contexts that you’ve seen Christians use – or even misuse – Jeremiah 29:11? Did the context for this passage change how you see it?
- Stu talked about his experiences in Swaziland saying, “we weren’t there to solve their problems; we were there to serve their dreams.” How is this different than the approach you’ve seen in typical American missions?
- What did you think about Stu’s characterization of present-day Christians as “exiles?” Did you agree, or disagree? Why?
- Stu talked about the idea of taking the time to listen to the needs of a community before jumping to action. What affect do you think this could have on the church’s investment in community challenges?
Songs from Chapel:
Call Upon the Lord
King of My Heart