A few quick observations/lessons from not preaching Sunday:
- Setup went unbelievably smooth by all accounts, in spite of (or because of) me not being there for it
- We had a bunch of people serving in specific areas for the first time (including 2 families that came for setup early)
- My father has about 34 years of preaching experience on me.Â It showed on Sunday.Â Great job old man!
- We’re trying to create an environment that’s safe and unintimidating for people who want to know more about Jesus.Â We’re not quite where I’d like to see us on this front, but we’re getting there…
- We may not have a “full-time” worship leader, but God has sent us two amazing talents in Brandon and Neil
- I know more than ever after Sunday that things are in good hands when my man Jeff is around
- All in all, Sunday was a great reminder that Iron City Church is not about me.Â Â It’s about God’s mission to use men and women who are sold out to transform lives through a relationship with Jesus – whether I’m around for every little detail or not.
Since my Catalytic Pastor (aka: Dad) was preaching Sunday and we were originally scheduled to be out of town for the day, I got to come as just a “regular” ICC attendee.Â I showed up about 30-45 minutes before the service started and everything was already set to go.Â I got to serve as a greeter for a little while before things got cranking and then sat and experienced what everyone else was experiencing.
It’s always nice to get a different perspective on things once in a while.Â I missed preaching, but I definitely need a break from time to time to stay fresh.Â The old man knocked it out of the park!Â He wrapped up our “Game On” series with a message called “Breaking the Huddle,” and rocked the house.Â
We had a lot of our regulars out of town, but with about 7 first time guests, we were still right up in the ballpark of where we’ve been,Â attendance-wise (47).Â It was a great day!
Well, Amber, TJ and I went to Chicago for turkey day to spend some time with her mom and brother.Â It was a good time.Â We headed out Wednesday morning and came home Saturday evening.
Chicago is an interesting city.Â It was – go figure – windy while we were there and a little chilly.Â We spent a lot of time hanging out in the hotel and then driving around.Â It was good to relax a little bit, even if part of that relaxing was watching my LSU Tigers lose their shot at a national championship in 3 OT’s to Arkansas.Â Arkansas!Â What is this world coming to….
Made it home uneventfully Saturday evening about 5 pounds heavier (thank you Chicago deep dish pizza!) and a little bit more relaxed.Â Good trip.