J.J. Thiessen of Saskatoon served in many leadership roles at the congregational, provincial, national, and binational levels most of his adult life. He is quoted in A Leader for his Times: “What is the chief need of present day humanity? Depth! Truly, if anything increases from year to year, it is superficiality. . . . With deep concern many of us observe the development of superficiality as evidenced in the press, literature, the arts, education and in politics. While quality diminishes, quantity increases. The focus is on mass production and mass consumption. . . . But how then should we live? Depth is the fruit of a living relationship with Christ, through his Word, through prayer and through interaction with mature Christians.”
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