In spite of the day going so well today at Iron City, there was one big casualty on the day.Â Before the service I was setting some things up on the stage (bad idea).
I thought of something else that needed doing just as I got past the edge of the projector screen.Â So I turned to walk back across the stage and slammed my big, shiny forehead into the corner of the screen.Â The blood flowed and the scratch onÂ my foreheadÂ looks like I lost a fight with a bobcat or something.
I’m debating whether or not to post a pic.Â We’ll see . . . .
I’m in and wiped out from today’s gathering of ICC.Â We had another good one!Â 37 people there today.Â More new folks and a pretty good number of returning.Â We had a few people come early and go through volunteer orientation this morning before the service.Â It’s blowing my mind watching God bring in disconnected folks and get them connected.
I preached a message today called “Bloom.” It’s the third message in our Thank God It’s Monday series.Â I talked about the struggle to find our fit along life’s journey.Â Discussed the process of finding the right job situation.Â The final point is that when we get to the place we need to be, we are to bloom where we’re planted (Colossians 3:23-24).Â Here’s a link to the audio: http://www.ironcitychurch.com/messages/2007_02-TGIM/093007_TGIM03.mp3
The band was rocking (even though it was a skeleton crew today), the setup/cafe/children’s/greeting/parking teams were all ready early and excited, and the atmosphere in the house was upbeat and positive.Â I’m really excited about some of the connections we’re making and the roll that God is bringing.
I love Jeff Mousa.Â He is my good friend and our new executive pastor.Â I’m a big picture guy who paints with big, broad, sweeping strokes.Â Jeff is the detail guy who comes behind me and helps to fill in the blanks.Â I love seeking God and casting the huge-o-mongous vision that He gives.Â Jeff loves getting elbows-deep in the miniscule, vitally important, mind-numbing (my description) details of strategizing that vision.
We’re currently sitting in the office working on organizational charts and job descriptions “together.”Â “Together” because I’m sitting in the same room with Jeff and periodically grunting responses to his very specific questions.Â To be completely honest, he’s crafting these items while I nod in approval and post to this blog.Â I am loving having him around.Â With him here to help with the details and administration of ICC, I am free to focus more on seeking God, preparing and preaching the messages each week, and developing relationships with all sorts of people in this church and community.
I’ve known and spent a lot of time with other pastors and church planters who are trying to do it all.Â Here’s my word to anyone in that category (a church leader trying to do it all): STOP IT.Â God makes a pretty good point about this in 1 Corinthians 12.Â You’re not 47,000 different parts of the body.Â You may not have a Jeff, but I can guarantee you that there are some people in your church with gifts, talents, and abilities that you don’t have.
By hogging it all (with a chip on your shoulder in most cases – been there), not only are youÂ failing to beÂ as effective and fruitful in your ministry as you could be, but you’re also keeping someone else from experiencing the joy of serving.Â REPENT!