So, I have pretty much utterly neglected my blog for quite a while. There are a lot of reasons, I guess.
I haven't really had much to say.
I haven't had the time or energy to say it.
Not sure with all the amazing minds writing out there that I really have anything all that helpful to offer. (I'm not trying to be noble or charmingly self deprecating. But, maybe just realistic.)
Plus, I have been busier and more overwhelmed than any other time in my life.
I do apologize for anyone who has actually been interested in this blog. If for some reason you are still subscribed, thanks for taking another look.
A lot has happened. Westside lost it's Senior Pastor and Head Administrator to a several years long affair.
Myself and two other pastors on staff were placed in senior leadership as a team.
We have survived the initial shock at the church by the remarkable grace of God. Just no other way to explain it.
We are still weathering the inevitable backlash from folks who don't understand or are too wounded to see past their own perspective. Lot's of fires to put out. Lots of phone, email, appointments with folks who are grappling with the loss and disillusionment of something like this.
I can see how God has prepared me for a season such as this. It's nice to see some of your baggage pay off.
The church is doing amazingly well. Still growing and reaching the community. Something very special born from God's faithfulness. I can't believe we still have momentum after all of this!
The weird thing is I have loved this. No one would have wanted this leadership come to them in this manner. I certainly didn't. But, I do love the challenge and responsibility.
No, I don't want to be a senior pastor. I do, however, love the leadership dynamic of a team that has the opportunity for the whole to be greater than the sum of it's parts. I do love the visioning and the healthy debate. I do love the opportunity to help shape the leadership and ministry culture that will take us into the vision God has for our future. I do love being part of a move of God that challenges us to maximize the gifting He has placed in us. That is pretty cool. And for that I am grateful.
I plan to try and share some of this journey with anyone who cares. Thanks for reading.
Here is a passage that I have been clinging to:
Heb. 12:28-29 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”