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Intern Journal, 11/17

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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