PASTORS STILL GO TO CHURCH ON VACATION

Anyone who has been immersed in week to ministry whether paid or not can tell you that sometimes it is nice to take a breath and go to church without any pressure or responsibilities.  Today I had that privilege. Our friend Rachel who we are staying with has attended Christ Fellowship for a couple years.  A little over a year ago she helped them launch their 5th campus in West Kendall.  This campus meets in a movie theatre.  I have studied churches that do this, read the blogs of their pastors, and seen the pictures and videos, but until today had never attended one.  Here are my thoughts..

  • I was blown away by how easy this whole process was.  This church has a couple different places that they store things and it didn’t seem to inconvenience the theatre in anyway. 
  • Not everyone has it as easy as this church, but it actually made me wonder why some churches ever build buildings.
  • As an American I feel like I am programmed to like church in a theatre more.  Some people pay to try and make their sanctuary a theatre, but here it was already done and worked pretty seamlessly.
  • I learned that they pay their worship leader but the two campus pastors are volunteers with full time jobs during the week.
  • Their children’s area was well put together.  Obviously portable, but secure and creative.
  • Again, there student service naturally had much of the atmosphere that we had to pay to create in our room.
  • The worship was good, from band to sound, to lights.
  • Guest services got me everything I needed and more.
  • The X-factor was that I had so many nice people introduce themselves to me and go out of their way to shake our hands and say “hi”.  They could have had great signs, a cool logo, and awesome lights and graphics, but stopped at that. It was good to see a ministry mindset from the people and be personally greeted by the two campus pastors even though the church is fairly large.

VACATION MIND DUMP

We made it to Miami.  We are staying with our friend from our Grace Days-Rachel Tomlinson.  The girls are out shopping and left me home with Malachi.  I am inspired for a little mind dump on the last week or so.

  • I have traveled entirely too much this month. This vacation doesn’t count but the travel leading up to it was a ridiculous period.
  • It’s not that any of the things I did were bad (conference, two speaking engagements) but I I need to get better at handling my calendar and the overall flow of life.
  • I spoke at two retreats because I wanted to be stretched as a speaker. That was one of my goals for the year that I have worked on along with taking all my vacation days and spiritual days away.  Now I need to work on that album I made a goal.
  • Not for the album but while in Indiana last week I got to record for fun like old times sake with my friend Matt Neimier.
  • I also got to catch up with my friend Jeremy Byng.  So freaking sweet to tour his church, hear about his ministry and see his new house.  It all couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.
  • I was in Indiana last week for the CE National Leadership Summit.  It was a great event.  What I liked most was the low-key approach, I left feeling refreshed and rested.
  • My biggest take home was from Tim Eldredge. I was challenged to equip and put youth IN ministry instead of being a hired coach who walks on the field and essentially takes his team out of the game.
  • We got to Miami yesterday and laid low when we arrived.
  • Today we went down to South Beach and after being there for all of 2 seconds ran into the Muckway’s from our church.
  • Back to vacationing, my goals for this week are to get burnt slightly and expand my freckle base as well as watch Dwayne Wade play basketball.  

THURSDAY MORNING MIND DUMP

  • Last night was a good night at HSM.
  • We started a new series called forward motion and kicked it off with a great video teaching from XP3.
  • Bronson did 8-9 songs for an extended worship time and it was great. He is really hitting his stride as a worship leader.
  • I cut Brandon and Sean’s hair last night….I am a barber at heart.
  • I forgot till Lindsey told me last night, but I am turning 27 on Saturday. I always thought 27 was the perfect age because you would still be young and cool but not too old…we will see if I can prove that to be true.
  • Next week is the CE National leadership summit for youth workers. Should be fun to see some of my peoples and just have conversations over lunch.
  • I am in need of learning how to lead out ministry as it grows and changes. Lately I am very aware of my shortcomings and the systems I have in place.
  • While in Indiana I am going to be catching up with my good friends Jeremy and Ginger. So excited what God is doing through them in Goshen, IN.
  • We are also staying with Matt and Hope Neimier. Time for two redheads to pretend they are ghetto like old times.
  • Wednesday we will fly out for a week vacation to hang out with Rachel in Miami, FL. Anyone want to marry Rachel? I am still trying to find her a husband.  All applicants can contact me by email or phone.
  • My only plans for the week are to relax and not get sun burnt.
  • Ok and I want to have some shameless cute kid in the ocean picture sessions with Malachi.
  • I am also taking in a Miami Heat game courtesy of my friend Sam getting me free player tickets. I think Brandon is mad at me for cheating on the Cavs.
  • Welp, I gotta go get some work done so I can dig into a day of March Madness. I am in two brackets, one has been going since like 2003 and every year I get somewhere around 19th placeJ

 

 

WHEN TO EMPOWER PEOPLE?

Recently I twittered the thought wondering “Where is the line between empowering others but making sure you don’t throw them to the wolves if they are under equipped or under prepared?”

Not sure I have an answer just yet. Don’t know if I will but I have made mistakes already in ministry to let people up front too early and to hold them back too long. Maybe someday I will find the balance….Maybe?

DO LEADERS ASK OPINIONS?

My friend (who I won’t air out on this blog) once told me some great advice.  He said, “don’t ask people for their opinion unless you intend to listen to it.” It sounds harsh, but when you feel God has called you to lead people it just might apply.  Moses didn’t ask the people if they should keep the golden calf because he knew God had called them to more.  Another friend of mine loves to say “Where there is no Vision, people perish.”

 

Stating the obvious-the tension of leadership is toeing that line between shepherding and vision-casting.  Leading people where they wouldn’t go is different than tugging on a leash or letting them roam.

EDIT: Some awesome comments from some great friends and thinkers on this post.  I guess I scratched an itch with this post….Or maybe overstated one side and made myself look like a non-listening idiot:)

Just some quick thoughts I wrote one night that like any blog I am going to write will be quick, simple, and incomplete.