Monthly Archives: May 2016

2 year program update

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Last weekend, (5/20-22) I was in Colorado for the first of my four weekend retreats in my 2 year leadership development program. We were at a Christian camp up in the mountains. I love the mountains…it was a huge blessing to do this retreat in that setting. The rest of the weekends will be in IL & WI…not as exciting scenery wise, but still equally powerful experiences.

I’m still processing all that I learned on the weekend, but wanted to share with you something that was particularly impactful for me. This retreat was on life mission/purpose. There were 40 participants – various ages and careers. A number of men came into the weekend wondering if they were going to end up changing their careers after discovering their mission/purpose. During the course of the retreat, we discovered that mission and purpose has more to do with what kind of person you are than with what kind of job you have. I think this is an easy mistake to make. We often find our identity in what we do for work. The reality is, that’s something we do, not who we are. Granted, there are times where who we are and what we do are very similar, but even still the job doesn’t define us…we just happen to be in a job that is aligned with our gifting/abilities/passions/etc. What am I getting at??? Understanding who we are, how God has shaped us, and what gifts/abilities He’s given us, provides us with the opportunity to live on mission every moment of every day. Mission is about what kind of person we are at a core level. So, no matter what situation we find ourselves in, we have the opportunity to be that person and as a result to fulfill our mission/purpose.

I love this stuff! For me, understanding what kind of person I want to be has an impact on every area of my life. It affects how I interact with my wife and kids. It affects how I interact with my fellow church staff members, lead our student and children’s ministries, teach, etc. I’m excited to continue to unpack this and explore the mission/purpose that God has created me for. Thank you for your financial support that has made this journey possible.

Grace,

Chris

Thank You!

“Thank you!” doesn’t even begin to express it. I’m overwhelmed at the response of our church for the Invest in Pastor Chris special offering. We had a goal of raising $5,400 to fund a 2 year leadership development program that I’m beginning this month. In 1 week, you exceeded that goal! Your generosity has made it possible for me to do this program that I would not be able to afford otherwise. Thank you! Thank you for believing in me and thank you for investing in me.

The program is through a Men’s Ministry called The Crucible Project. I’ll be doing their 2 year transformational program. I’ve been involved with this ministry for 1 year now and I absolutely love it. It’s been life-changing for me! The 2 year program is a choice to intentionally go after my personal growth as a husband, father, and pastor. Here’s what the program involves…

  • 4 Weekend retreats (first one is next weekend, May 20-22)
  • Weekly small group meetings to continue to learn and grow
  • Monthly coaching calls to refine what I’m learning and set goals

I’m excited about the journey ahead and look forward to what God has in store.

Grace,

Chris

 

I AM NOT IN CHURCH

I am not in church.

Sure, I have visited churches several times, but I gave up.

For the most part, the people were unfriendly in the churches. No one greeted me unless it was some contrived greeting time. No one noticed me while they gathered in their holy huddles. One church member sat down by me and told me I was sitting in her pew. I decided to leave right then.

I am not in church.

But I really would like to know more about Christianity. Unfortunately, most of the sermons I hear seem watered down. Too many of the preachers tend to shy away from dealing with the biblical text straight on. I want to learn, but they just seem to want to please.

I am not in church.

I could make you a list of over 100 things churches are against. The topics range from the serious to the ridiculous. I sure would like to find a church that also tells me what they are for.

I am not in church.

But I need help. I know I need help. There are times I hurt badly and seek answers. I was hoping to find some of those answers at church. I was hoping to meet people who cared. I was hoping to be in place where I am treated with dignity and care.

I am not in church.

My co-worker goes to church. I even know where he’s a member. But he’s never invited me. My neighbor goes to church. My children play with her children. I see their family go to church every Sunday. But she’s never invited me. I would go if she did. I would definitely go.

I am not in church.

But church members don’t seem to care. They seem too busy to care. No one speaks to me. No one invites me. No one shows concern for me.

I am not in church.

I am not anti-church. I am not anti-Christian. I am really seeking answers. I am really looking for people who care.

I am not in church.

But I think I would like to be.

 

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As we continue to focus on EACH ONE REACH ONE we need to ask God to help us be the church that we should be!

This compelling post is taken from Thom S. Rainer’s website. (http://thomrainer.com/2016/05/i-am-not-in-church/) You should read him regularly. Great stuff.

Peace,

Dave