I don’t Like ____ Church or Pastor____

Posted in Church Planting, Lilfe, Religion, Thoughts on Christianity on September 16, 2009 by themousas

I have at least one huge soap box, and if you catch me in the right moment you’ll find out what it is. As a follower of Christ, and one who was uniquely designed with a critical/detailed eye, I often found myself analyzing churches, sermons, pastoral leadership, etc. Typically I would walk out of a church service with a litany of things I would do differently; or would engage other believers in “discussions” about how a church is not doing _______. One day I got the God-smack when reading 1 Corinthians. After discussing divisions within the church; Paul argues it is the foolishness of preaching that saves souls.

Since then I’ve been on a crusade: I can’t stand to hear people, especially those claiming to follow Christ bad mouth a Church or a Pastor. Saying “I love Jesus” but hating the church is as irrational as saying to your best friend, “I like you–I just can’t stand being around you.” Ones attitude toward the church tells you–simply–their attitude toward Jesus.

Monday’s Brew

Posted in Church Planting, Leadership, Lilfe, Religion, Waypoint Church on September 14, 2009 by themousas

Monday’s drink = chocolate milk 2 glasses

I am in amazement at what God is doing in the life of Waypoint Church right now! All I can do at this point in our life is to sit and enjoy the beauty of his workmanship!

Here are just a couple of highlights

  • Highest non-Easter attendance to date!
  • We’ve broken the above highlight  3 times over the past 6 weeks!
  • Had 2 more individuals come up and let me know they wanted information on our Baptism service on 10/4
  • Had 20 people show up for our first Music Ministry Meeting!
  • For a church of our age and size: I said it, and truly belive it, we have the best worship leaders and musicians in town!
  • Kicked off Why? series looking at questions that stump our faith journey
  • Got to connect with lots of new people
  • Several key volunteers are stepping up huge right now! Love IT!

I am more excited today, more than ever about what God is doing in our faith community; and what He will continue to do!

Welcoming Myself Back

Posted in General Blogging on September 9, 2009 by themousas

Based on the recent non-activity due to my crazy life, I’ve lost the few visitors I had! So, I’m welcoming myself back to the blogging world.

Not sure of which direction to take future posts, so we’ll be starting with something simple. Here are the books I am currently reading

  • Crazy Love, Francis Chan
  • Branding Faith, Phil Cooke
  • Jesus wants to Save Christians, Rob Bell
  • The Divine Commodity, Skye Jethan

One goal I have is to finish a book a week and post a simple review and favorite quotes from it….be on the look out.

Lots to say…

Posted in Church Planting, General Blogging, Leadership, Lilfe on August 25, 2009 by themousas

I’ve had a lot to say recently, yet as you have seen I haven’t posted anything!

The past few weeks have seen our family enter into owning our first home, remodeling our first home, first days of school (well, Mother’s Day Out). It’s been an exciting time.

Waypoint has had some of the best services over the past few weeks. I really feel God’s hands on where we are headed. Trying to be very attentive to His voice; as well as, having the guts to be obedient even when it’s the hard conversations.

I know greater things are still to come! But the past few weeks have been a huge blessing, sorry I haven’t shared the journey as faithfully as I should.

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 die.so 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.