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November 17, 2009 Leave a comment

November 17th, 2009

Another week has gone by! What has gone on this past week? Well, Wednesday was staff meeting (as always), but then Thursday was special. Thursday and Friday the staff went on a retreat of sorts. When I was told about the retreat, I though it would be a retreat in the (what I thought to be) traditional sense. I figured we would be going somewhere and take a few days to get away from everything to clear our heads, relax, hang out, etc. Well, it wasn’t quite that. It was still a retreat, though, because we used it to get away from everything, go to a different place and plan out what next year would look like. Slight miscommunication, so no big deal. Here are my takeaways:

*If what you’re doing doesn’t line up with the original purpose of the organization, you need to stop doing that thing.
*My church is awesome because they’re willing to give up and/or do whatever it takes to keep in line with scripture and what it means to be a church.
*Getting away from your normal surroundings is really beneficial for the advancement and progression of ideas.
*You need to evaluate yourself regularly to see how well you are doing, or not doing.
*It’s cool to see how God will put the same thing on the hearts of many.
*I love my staff because I can be in the same room with them all day and not get sick of them.
*Sometimes doing what is necessary can be painful/frustrating because that means you may have to give up something you’ve poured a lot of effort into

So one of the big things that I learned at the retreat was in the form of a Bible verse: Matthew 28:19-20

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

There are four actions in this verse: Go, Make, Baptize, and Teach. What did I learn from this? They all affect each other: if you’re not going out, then you’re not making disciples. If you’re not baptizing, then you’re not going. If you’re not teaching then your not making, etc etc. They’re all related to each other and when one suffers, they all suffer. I think of it as a system. A system can work with a weak link, but not as effectively. Even better, think of an engine. An engine can work with a less oil than it needs, but it’ll blow up pretty soon. Or you can have your fuel injectors not be clean and not injecting a lot of fuel into the piston chambers, but the car will still run, albeit roughly. When all the components of the engine are working as they should, the engine runs great. Same with this verse. When a church is going, making, baptizing, and teaching, it is as healthy as it can be. That’s what all Christians, and therefore churches, are called to. So am I going? Am I making, baptizing, teaching, etc? Is my church? These are the questions that we asked ourselves and used to evaluate where we were at, and where we need to go.

This is why I’m excited about where our church is going. We recognize that we have a lot of spiritually young Christians and we know that we need to start teaching them. We’ve gone, we’ve made, we’ve baptized, now we need to teach. But we can’t stop going, making, or baptizing either. We need to keep doing all these things to be a healthy church.

Here’s to the future =]

 

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Internship Journal 11/3

November 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Hey friends! It’s been a while since I’ve last updated, and I wanted to fill you in on what’s going on! The internship I’m currently in at my church, Crossbridge Christian Church, has been awesome. Part of the requirements for the internship is that I do a journal. Well, I want to share that journal with you! Here’s my latest entry…

 

November 3rd, 2009

So, if you noticed, I’m not writing on a Thursday! I’ve decided to change the way that I write my journals a bit. Instead of writing on thursdays, at the end of my week per se, I’m going to write on Tuesdays, at the beginning of my week and reflect on the past week and what I learned. So why am I doing this? Well, I want to be more focused on thursdays. Tuesday is my primary get-random-office-stuff-done day and thursday is my primary creative, work on projects day. Well, I have an hour carved out on Tuesdays (today) to work on projects, but for me, it takes a little while to get my creative juices flowing, so I thought, why not take the time that I would be spending on my journal on Thursday and move it to Tuesdays? That’ll be great and give me more time on Thursday to work on projects and be creative! It’s a win win.

So not much has happened since last thursday, but we’ll still talk about a few things. Something I learned from this past sunday is to be thorough in preparation. I set up the sermon slides for sunday morning with all the verses our pastor uses and the songs we sing. I made a few mistakes in not checking to make sure EVERYthing was congruent. I checked and made sure the sermon was correct, but I didn’t check to see if the songs were all the same font and size. Well, we get to the second song in the set and the font is MUCH smaller than the previous. This is an issue for multiple reasons. 1) Our screens are somewhat far from the front of the crowd, and that makes it even worse for those in the back. We use a large font so that everyone can see what is on the screen, and to not have a larger font is an issue. 2) It is unprofessional and negligent. Simple as that. I want to aspire to excellence and the fact that I didn’t make sure everything was correct beforehand was an issue. If this was for a client, this wouldn’t go over well, so I need to have the same standards as a company would have of excellence. Shoot, mine need to be higher so that I represent the body of Christ better. Not that we are better than everyone else, but that we aspire to excellence because we represent God to the world. Our God is excellent, why shouldn’t we be?

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