This Wednesday, Summer officially begins, and that evening, my church family will usher in Summer Nights by eating watermelons on our front lawn as we celebrate God’s continual blessings on our church and enjoy the longest day of the year as a faith family. We are making Summer memories.
Church Planting is probably one of the hardest jobs that I have tackled in my 25 years of ministry. I must be a real glutton for suffering because shortly after I planted the church that I currently lead, we merged with a dying legacy church in the heart of the demographic that God called us to serve. So the vibrant church plant turned into an ongoing revitalization project that is now approaching its fifth birthday.
Greetings from our friendly neighbors up north, and no, I am not talking about south Georgia. I am talking about Canada. I recently returned from Toronto Canada, the fourth largest city in North America. It is a beautiful city with a great need for the life-changing gospel.
I had the great privilege of traveling to Toronto this past week to meet with some church planters who are intentionally being all about the gospel in the beautiful city that God has called them to serve.
What a great city.
By nature, I am an outcome guy. The outcome is the desired effect, it is where you want to end up. It is easy for me to dream about the outcome. I always seem to look ahead and romanticize the future. The nuts and bolts of the systems and process sometimes overwhelm me. You see, I want to see and experience the systems and processes that I am working on…operational and fully functional.
What does it take?
I have been focusing on this question for the past couple of days and think that I may have come up with a couple of solutions to help all of us.
Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. 19 And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. 20 God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past. Ecclesiastes 5:18-20
I took these seven practices from one of my messages to my Church. I hope they help you, feel free to share, preach or give away! Pastor J
These are some great practices with scripture to accompany for those who are truly seeking to follow God! Read and Share!
We have been rethinking our 1st Impressions ministry at the POINT and I wanted to share some thoughts with you. Maybe these can help your team! I want to thank Luke Wittig for helping me process through this and letting me steal some of your thoughts.
Keep Calm and trust Jesus…
WOW…I really mean it…
I mean it so much that I am going to say it again backwards….WOW
I just got through reading some of the antics being spouted by certain GOP candidates…