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January all staff
January 30, 2008, 12:27 pm
Filed under: Ministry, Perspective

We just got out of an all staff meeting and DADGUM I love those things.

About once a month our entire team gets together to connect. Part of our gathering is devoted to an open floor – anyone gets to share the God-moments that have happened lately. We are always reminded of how interconnected every aspect of ministry is — people get saved at membership days after the fact because of something that was said, or people in the community see fruitcake t-shirts everywhere and decide to come to church for the first time in 30 years, or a soldier in Afghanistan uses sermons on CD to witness to the troops and locals. Everything affects everything and God is in the details.

And then…P-dawg usually brings the heat with a mini-Sunday sermon. Today, it was “one of those.”

We talked about our spiritual health as a staff. In essence, on a scale of 1-10 there are three different zones where we can operate — the ministry zone (10-5), the tired zone (5-2) , and the danger zone (1). Perry elaborated on each of these and asked us TOUGH QUESTIONS. He talked a little about what God has shown him personally and what he is doing about it. He noted that if we need to make a change to move up the scale that it would require painful, sacrificial, life-changing decisions. Can we say…lead by example?

I love serving at a church under a pastor who isn’t fake. Because he is real with us, I want to do the same with myself and my team. Humility of heart pleases God. It’s ok to say “I don’t know” or “I haven’t been doing well at ____.”

I’m convinced that we would experience God’s power a lot more in our lives if we practiced owning our shortcomings and and stopped pretending like we’ve got it all together. How in the world do we let ourselves ingest the lie that our lives have to appear perfect and unshaken? What the crap is that? Who the heck are we trying to fool? What are we so afraid of? Last time I checked Jesus showed up in the brokenness. I would like to start living like I believe that.

What a kickinthepants/breath of fresh air today. To Him be the glory.

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Way to rock out the new blog, Syd! You have beautifical verbalizationism skillz. Great stuff.

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