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Organism vs Organization

Posted in Church Planting, Leadership, Lilfe, Religion, Waypoint Church on July 30, 2009 by themousas

I remember in my college days hearing the new words amongst church life….”we are an organism not an organization!” I was perplexed; loved the concept, but also loved the structures and systems that organizational life provides. Low and behold, 10 years later Jim Akin, the guru of church planting from West Ridge Church posted the following:

“every organism has organization or it falls apart. Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” faith begins as a tiny atom/seed of thought in a person’s life – “is there a God?” “how did all of this stuff get here?” etc. etc. that faith is germinated and grows into a living breathing person of faith, but 99.99% of the time without an organization to attach itself too that faith will we may glamorize the church as an organism, fluid, changing, alive, without the organization the organism dies.”

Love it! No longer am I perplexed  Read the entire post here



Lending Workers to Other Companies

Posted in Church Planting, Leadership, Lilfe, Religion on July 28, 2009 by themousas

#6 on the Wall Street Journal’s creative ways to avoid layoffs during a recession (here’s the link to the article) describes Rhino Foods of Vermont-they make Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream better…trust me–sending their employees over to a fellow company who was experiencing a seasonal rush. So companies are sharing employees (even if an invoice comes later)! This is huge for privatized companies with trade secrets….this isn’t typical….this emerged out of necessity and innovation. AND BOTH companies won!

I wonder if churches will ever take this leap–sharing of staff, key leaders, workers, resources. Will we ever get to a point where we are Kingdom minded and not just Church minded. Can we stop competing with each other and learn how to complement each other. I’ve had this discussion several times over the past few months. I’m not sure where it’s going, but it keeps coming up…I’ll keep you in the loop as it progresses.

Challenged by words…

Posted in General Blogging, Leadership, Lilfe, Religion, Thoughts on Christianity on July 22, 2009 by themousas

I collect quotes, and keep a ready supply on a file on my desktop. That was untill my PC crashed and now I have a blank document…

Words mean a lot and can radically change my approach, my emotions, and my courage. Here is what I was challenged by in the last few days via my Twitter Feeds.

  • @RickWarren “Surrendering to God isnt fatalism or laziness. It may mean sacrificing & suffering criticism to change what needs changing”
  • @davidhfoster It’s the hard thing you do that makes you stronger not the easy. Stop pushing paper and tackle the thing you dread.”
  • @andywooda river takes the path of least resistance, that is why it is so crooked!”
  • @chasencI’m stuck in a bathroom” (ok…this one just gave me a good laugh)
  • @davidhfoster “No one can take from you or keep from you what God wants for you, but you!”
  • @RickWarren “It is when we try to be God that we end up most like Satan, who desired the same thing.

Playfully Lazy…

Posted in General Blogging, Leadership, Lilfe on July 16, 2009 by themousas

Last week I was living the life of a bachelor while my girls enjoyed the beach. By the end of the week I realized something that must change for future bachelor experiences. Week to week I try hard to balance and prioritize work and family. I try to debunk the myth that Pastors are slothful and just play each week by approaching my time with tactical fervor. I always fill up each day and often am late because of overdoing/underestimating my time constraints. Most of the time I overdo a day…but I love it!

This past week, when my family wasn’t in the picture my entire routine was messed up creating open spaces for playful laziness. By the end of the week, the few hours each day created a lathargic individual. I didn’t waste time, I just didn’t invest my time in things that matter.

So for the next bachelor experience I will be embarking on some radical journeys, pushing the limits of my studying, developing, and writing; as well as, inviting others to hold me accountable–that was the missing element.

Not Toasting my Soul

Posted in Church Planting, Leadership, Lilfe, Religion, Thoughts on Christianity on June 10, 2009 by themousas

Yesterday I spoke of Keeping my Soul. Today I was able to read a great post today from Geoff Surratt, pastor of Seacost Church.  While the back-story differs from my aim,  Geoff provides some practical help in guarding your soul.

  1. If you think you aren’t vulnerable, you are already toast
  2. If you think you can burn the candle at both ends, you are already toast
  3. If you think you can do ministry without accountability, you are already toast
  4. If you think you don’t need safeguards, you are already toast
  5. If you think it’s about you, you are already toast

As well as some thoughts on what to do to keep from burning:

  1. Slow Down
  2. Open Up
  3. Count the Cost

Best line: You don’t wake up one day and decide to shipwreck your life. You do it one stupid decision at a time

Keeping my Soul

Posted in Church Planting, Leadership, Religion, Waypoint Church on June 9, 2009 by themousas

9″How can a young man keep his way pure?
       By living according to your word.

 10 I seek you with all my heart;
       do not let me stray from your commands. (Psalm 119:9-10)

This is where I’m working at right now! I love the people at Waypoint and the partnerships we have with Marathon. I’m growing in love with the Scuffletown Community and the potential to see God do an amazing work. However, my immediate attention–everyday–is keeping my soul connected to God’s word and obeying His teachings. I believe that ministry impact/blessings can only be sustained based on my character and relationship with God. In order to see God work in and through our community I have to keep my soul pure and connected to Him!

China Blocks Social Media

Posted in Leadership, Lilfe with tags , , , on June 2, 2009 by themousas

Here’s the story from CBC news concerning China’s attempt to silence the 20th anniversary of Tienanmen. An interesting move that illustrates the power of social media to connect people with a common cause.  Here’s my quick thoughts:

  • Radical move! Someone knows when to pull the decision trigger.
  • Radical Change:  One year ago they opened their doors to the world in hosting the Olympics;
  • Today they have chosen to isolate themselves.
  • 140 characters or less via Twitter has reached a powerful moment
  • amazed at both social media tech as well as the tech to block it
  • Words are powerful no matter the medium
  • Freedom of speech is a luxury for me
  • Globalization is awesome
  • interesting that this story is spreading so fast via the very methods they’re trying to stop
  • How will social justice and social media mix in the future?
  • Is another Tienanmen about to occur?