Over the next few days I’ll be blogging about ten statements from the initiative we’re doing as a leadership team here at New Life. These statements are from the booklet that Pastor Troy is creating (and he’s really good at creating booklets) called “Our steps and systems”. I’ll be commenting on our defining statements. These are the statements that define how we treat new people.
Tonight we launched three new Crown Financial groups representing 40 people. This is so exciting because #1. They’re connecting in community and #2…they’re learning Godly principles for their finances. Watching all those people meet their new leader for the first time and check out the rooms that they’ll be meeting in made me feel great. I love my job! I could take nights like tonight 3-4 times a week. Thanks Michelle, Amy, & Greg for stepping up and leading these groups. You’ll have a special gem in your crown in heaven and a Starbucks card from me for taking what God put in your bucket and simply pouring it into someone else.
What are you excited about tonight?
I had a great night tonight with John & Charissa Bensen. This is why I love ministry. I get to hang out with cool people like John & Charissa and then they step up and join my team. I’m very excited about their new small group starting (back) up this fall. I really think they’ll do an awesome job leading this group of couples. They’re also expecting a little baby girl in a few months.
I love hanging out with cool people. John & Charissa…Thanks for having dinner with me tonight.
What’s cool about what you did tonight?
Watching the Buckhead Church night of worship right now. Awesome!
Today was a great day. If my church office was an environment where we had a bell right inside the door and when you close a sale….as you walk in the door you ring the bell and everyone would cheer……..I would have rang the bell twice. Days like today are why I love my job. I got to meet with 2 really sharp couples and chat with them about leading a small group this fall. Both couples were very receptive and ready to lead. I love days like today. Don’t get me wrong. To have a day like today literally represents with couple one the culmination of a 10 year relationship, about 14 connection points over the last 13 months and patience. With couple two it represents persistence when I felt God leading me to engage in relationship, relentlessly pursuing the connection, making my calender fit in theirs so I could meet 7 months ago, engaging with their agenda and easing in my desire for them, sharing the right vision, inviting them into my community for 5 months, navigating the conversation, & knowing when to back off and say, “welcome on the team”. I celebrate the big step these couples made today. I am moved by the impact that today will have in the lives of the 10 other couples who will be led by them in the next couple years. Engaging with people and encouraging them to use their gifts & talents for ministry is no short term gig. You’ve got to be in it for the long haul and side step many (and I mean many) let downs to have a day like today. I’m grateful to be part of such a great church and I’m humbled that God would choose to use a knucklehead like me to impact people for Christ.
How was your day?
Facebook connected me up with an old friend today. Mel Steinmeyer. Mel is a great guy. He’s an old friend who I haven’t seen for about 8-10 years. Last time I ran into him was on Sunset Blvd. in front of a Magic shop. You see, Mel is a yo yo pro. He used to do exhibitions for kids in grade schools and sell them yo yo’s. It was great catching up with him on the phone. His next step in life is back into full time vocational ministry. Best of luck to you Mel as you let God lead you.
Who have you reconnected with recently through Web 2.0?
This is our married small group. We’ve been meeting weekly for the last 16-17 months (with time off for good behavior). All good things come to an end…or Mulitply as I like to say. As the grouplife pastor it is vital that I model multiplication in our groups weather I like it or not. Personally I would have preferred to hang with this group for another season…but it is time for us to multiply and create this same environment for more people. Multiplcation is hard to do….(sung to the tune breaking up is hard to do). Please note…this picture does not represent everyone in our group. We’re missing the Brundages, Dawn, & my friend Tim. Tim died of cancer last October. Thats his wife Laura standing between Brenda & I. Evan though our group is multiplying and we won’t be gathering on a weekly basis….people like Laura will always be right in the middle of everything we do. For that matter…everyone in our group will be close and share a special time of connecting and growing in our faith together. It’s sad to see this season come to a close…. I’m anxious for the next small group season. Will God bless us with a group as good as this one? Will we love them the way we love these people? Yea, even the grouplife pastor asks these questions. This is why I love doing what I do!
Note: Sorry for the blurry line Fisburn. Not intentional…..something on the lense…
Who are you doing life with?