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Fresh ministry – part 1
February 26, 2008, 11:47 am
Filed under: Ah-ha, Ministry, Perspective

So…I’m still stuck on the things God blew me up with at C3 last week. There is so much that I don’t even know where to start. Therefore, over the next few days I’m going to unpack a few thoughts.

One thing that resonated with me is how important it is to

GET OUT OF WHERE YOU ARE and

GO SEE SOMEONE ELSE DOING WHAT YOU DO.

Doesn’t matter if you work at a church or IBM or McDonald’s…there is ridiculous value in observation. Not only will you get a fresh perspective and get slammed with new ideas, but you will also (hopefully) leave with a renewed appreciation for what you have.

I have found this to be so true in ministry. I got saved at NewSpring in ’02 and have practically grown up here spiritually. NewSpring is normal to me because it’s all I’ve ever known as far as church. Seriously.

When Perry makes church jokes, baptist jokes, and committee jokes I don’t get them because I just haven’t experienced a lot of er… um…. uh….churches.

When our band is cranked up on Sundays and I can worship God uninhibited that is normal to me because I rarely have to experience my own [off pitch] voice in worship.

When we baptize two or five hundred people in one night, that is normal to me because it’s all I’ve ever known.

When we have 150 people stand up on Sunday and profess Christ as their Lord and savior that is normal to me because that is all I’ve ever seen.

When we have hundreds of volunteers mobilize at the drop of a hat, that is normal to me because that’s what they’ve always done.

Oh, how I am so blind.

The more I see the more I realize how abnormal NewSpring is. Nothing we experience is “normal”. God has allowed us to witness abundant salvations, baptisms, and life change. His favor is on us. And hear me on this – it’s not because of anything we have done. It’s probably in spite of what we’ve done. We suck.

God has done it. He is the one who is building his Church. And he has chosen to do it through us for whatever reason. That reignites my soul. It makes me want to press on in the face of adversity. It makes me want to never give up. It makes me want to invite more lost people to church. It makes me want to press into the purpose God has for my life and empower other people to press into theirs.

So…are you feeling burned out? Bored? Sick of the routine? Normal?

Maybe you need a dose of fresh perspective. Go somewhere.

Be sure to take a notebook.

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This is one of the main reasons that I left my old church. I wanted to go and experience serving God in a new place. You never know what you are capable of until you go somewhere else.

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