So what is up on this end… I use to be a power blogger and now it seems as though I have dropped of the face of the blogsphere? I am here but my public writing has fallen off a bit so here is a slight catch up on some happenings.
I had the wonderful pleasure of joining with Third Place Consulting in helping to open up a cafe. It was an amazing time of ministry, leadership and training. As a side note… remember “ceramic works far better than paper when drinking coffee in the shower”.
From a local ministry perspective, this past Easter was the first since I have been full time at Messiah, that is a learning experience of really understanding what work / life balance is. For those that have never been in employed full time ministry with at church, there as you would guess are two times that the work load goes up: Christmas and Easter. This does not discount any and all of the other worship services that happen throughout the year, but those are two key opportunities to reach out and there is extra effort placed in those times. If for some in America that are CEO Christitan (Christmas and Easter Only) than that is a key and curcial time to pour the love and salvation message into everyone that enters in either physically or virtually.
Virtually, what the heck do I mean by that? One of the first items that we took on at Messiah was to launch a live streaming worship experience. Messiah currently offers a live streaming worship service every Sunday at 9:30 eastern time. We have blown the doors of the church and said that no matter where you are in the world, if you would like to worship with this faith family, then join us in worship online and give glory and honor to Jesus just like if you were sitting in the physical worship center. Some time has passed now and we have most of the bgs worked out, a few more to go. I am so honored to be a part of getting it off the ground and seeing it start to take a footing. I was amazing the first time that we were able to witness someone through this streaming service give their life to Christ, that makes all the hours worth it. All honor to Jesus for a transformed life and I am humbled to be a part in it. If you would care to join it you can find it at Messiah On Demand.
journeys is still rockin’ away and I continue to see it as a valuable ministry tool to connect people, develop leaders and fund causes. They just posted a brief on the latest cause the help to fund… nothing but life transformation and life saving.
Right now I am jacked to see spring is here and to enjoy being outside with my family. Our oldest is starting soccer this year and she could not be happier. Our youngest is still pushing in teeth, so that is a bit rough, but is all over the place and is bundle of joy and love. My lovely wife is doing well, she is an amazing woman of God, awesome wife and unbelievable mother. She is getting close to finishing up a large project at work and balances it all so well. I can’t wait for the backpacking trips this season… I totally missed out last year with the bad knee.
This weekend was a faboululs weekend that started in the planning several weeks back. My beautiful wife celebrated a birthday. We took the weekend to relax and have awesome family time. On Saturday we chilled at home, slept in and then headed out to journeys for a morning coffee, while there I took the girls for a walk and play time in the back while my bride had a chance to sit and just have some quiet reading time. Later in the day as the girls were napping I asked if she wanted to watch the most recent episode of WineLibrary.tv … to which at the end of the show Gary V gives a big birthday shout out to my bride, AWESOME. That took a little planning but the timing was amazing and she was stoked. The evening was topped of by having lined up the babysitter for the girls and heading out for dinner at a dualing piano bar. It was a great day and she was stoked. Happy Birthday my love.
For what it’s worth.
As many have heard or will be hearing soon, I will be leaving Sun Microsystems at the end of November of this year after eight and a half years. I have accepted the position of Director of Technology at Messiah and will be leading up, forming, growing, developing…. all aspects of the use of technology to help spread the Gospel message locally as well as globally. I will continue to oversee and lead the journeys team, they are my local church bartenders and we rock it out.
I have had a blast and learned so much in my time at Sun and will miss the work and most definitely the people, they have truly made the job worth coming to each day.
Jesus has an awesome adventure ahead for myself, my family and for His kingdom and I am excited to be called to be a part of it all.
For what it’s worth
volunteer: a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service
servant: a person working in the service of another
I was struck yesterday by these two words will listening to teachings by Pastor Chris. He was teaching on a prayer of making us servants. The key background was from John 13. The part that really struck a key with me in relation to journeys was the difference between a volunteer and servant. I have to say now that I don’t want any volunteers in this ministry, that is right, we don’t want volunteers. If you have a servants heart and have been called by Jesus to serve him through the ministry team of journeys then welcome aboard and let us release you to do what the Lord is calling you to do.
I have from the beginning tried to not call the staff that gives freely of their time volunteers but staff. I made this a very intentional effort to let everyone know we were one as a team. I will be changing that statement now, I feel that we are all called to be servants in the ministry team of journeys. I believe that for all of the servants currently serving. It is more than a cup of awesome coffee, it is about a changed life.
Thank you to all of the servants who serve. I have a tough question though, if you are a fully devoted follower of Jesus and you are not serving, are you fully devoted to the cause of Christ in this world? I urge you to seek your heavenly Father and ask Him to place upon your heart where He would have you serve for His kingdom. I also pray that you don’t volunteer to fill a position but to serve as our Savior did.
journeys received a little press this month in a Leadership Network article. The article summary is simply:
Today’s churches are strategizing in ways that are innovative, intentional and missional to reach a group of people who might not be churchgoers, but who are attracted to a nonreligious venue for coffee, lunch, play dates, workouts or concerts—where followers of Christ are also hanging out.