What a song...so 90's! But it captures the essence of dreaming...what we don't do enough, I think...
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
With the hiring of our Family Ministries Coordinator, Lori, my mind starts to drift to the transition. I have been reflecting a lot lately about transitions I have been through and trying to concretize what I have learned through the years. Here are a few thoughts.
1. The new person is responsible for building their own ministry or success within an organization. Nobody else can do that for them.
2. Even the most responsible, capable, and called individual will fail if they are not provided with a solid foundation on which to start.
3. The new person cannot provide that foundation. They can only build on it. The organization cannot provide that foundation...organizations don't provide anything. Only people can provide that solid foundation.
As Lori prepares for her transition here beginning the week after Easter Sunday (how appropriate, eh?), I am committing to Lori, to our Ministry Management Team, to myself, and to the Lord that I will do everything in my power to provide her with a solid foundation on which to build. I have NO doubt that Lori has everything it takes to build a successful ministry and career on that foundation...she is called, she has character, she is competent, and she is a proven contributor... I just want to make sure that I am faithful to provide the foundation she needs to make that happen. Lord, hear my prayer.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Last night, I was reminded again of how BLESSED I am to be the pastor of Cornerstone Church of Cranberry, or C3 as I like to call it. Our Ministry Management Team met at Primanti's restaurant for 3 hours of team building, prayer (yes right there in Primanti's...talk about March Madness!!!), Bible study, laughter, and conversation about what it means to be the church. There are four other people on the team, and it is just awesome to walk with the Lord together with such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of believers. I think it is great that we hold leadership meetings in the community where we are seeking to save the lost. It is awesome to talk about reaching those who need a relationship with the Lord through Jesus Christ right in the midst of so many who do...instead of hiding behind the walls of a church. It seems to me that we Christians don't get to spend enough time with unbelievers...we isolate ourselves. That's not what Jesus often did, and as a Christ-follower, I am challenged to "go and do likewise." I just want to praise the Lord for a great group of people with whom to serve HIM!
Monday, March 19, 2007
The official mission of the United Methodist Church includes "making disciples." Is this possible? First of all, I'm not sure that in this day and age, anyone wants to be "made" into anything. Secondly, I'm not sure we can "make" disciples, but rather the Lord works through us to attract others to Him. In that attraction as we walk by faith, we grow and become more faithful disciples.
Cornerstone was invited to be a Romans 12 Congregation and it gets me to thinking about our effectiveness and where we need to be working. The biggest challenge Cornerstone faces right now is how to be magnetic and contagious in our faith in a vast world of people that have absolutely no clue how much God loves us and desires to be in relationship with us.
One attempt that we're making is called Stepping Stones...an intentional process to grow people in faith. It seems to be working somewhat thus far, but we have a LONG way to go. We will never become healthiest, strongest, and faithfully growing until we learn to become magnetic and contagious. Lord, help us...
Friday, March 16, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
I love what the Lord says to us through Paul in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.
Think back upon your "hard times" in life. Now reflect on how the Lord carried you and blessed you in those times, even when you didn't ask for it. Fun, eh? How cool that God loves us through those times. As "so that" what? "So that" we can...well you can read it here.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007