Repost: Everyone has a time in their life where they are thrown off guard.
Some dream about going to work with no pants. Others find out they are pregnant on a whim. Still, others are surprised with a secret birthday party. Mine was a little different. My big time to be thrown off guard was this past weekend. I found out Saturday afternoon that I would be speaking to our church with about an hour an a half notice (no, that is not a picture of me). Our electrical systems were in “chill mode” from the Texas storm.
“Chad, Craig is going to call you in a minute to go over his notes with you.” Okay, sounds good. So in the midst of scrambling to get a PA system working and get heat in our building, along with people asking me questions every five minutes, I printed out our sermon notes. Then, I looked in more detail at our notes for the weekend and prepared to speak to a room of people that came to hear Craig.
Here’s what you should know about LifeChurch.tv and a culture of trust
LifeChurch.tv has 13 campuses around the United States and believers that meet around the world daily at Church Online. The messages are satellite broadcast each worship experience. What you should know is that there is a high amount of trust in the organization, a very high amount. Campus staff is given sermon notes each weekend and is ready to speak at the drop of the hat. Staff is entrusted, then in turn that staff trusts individuals and volunteers. LifeChurch.tv is not about a screen or a show, it’s about empowering individuals to use their gifts and passions to share the message of Christ with the world. It’s normal people being used by God to do something far from normal.
“Hey Chad, it’s Craig. You ready?”
“Ok, I’m going to walk you through my notes and sort of show you what I was thinking and what the highlights are.”
Craig then walked through his message with me, prayed for me and told me I would do great.
Here’s what you should know about Craig Groeschel
He cares and is a real person. He has made the tough choice that every leader has to make: to spend more time with less people. This has allowed LifeChurch.tv to be a global church leader and actually impact a lot more people. You may not see Craig all the time in person, chat with him on a regular basis or be best friends. Know that Craig knows his gifts and has entrusted a number of highly capable leaders to carry out the work of the church on a daily basis. He doesn’t allow critics to get in the way of what he believes is a global movement of God. This movement simply wants to reach as many people around the world as possible. Focus. Sacrifice. Integrity. What you see is what you get with Craig.
So I delivered a message on the most jacked up marriage in the Bible, revealing the faults and imperfections of every man and women today(including my own), and pointing towards the One who loves us despite all those faults. It was less than fantastic and at some point I wasn’t sure what page I was on in the notes…ha! But… it went fine. Nonetheless, I went home to prepare more in case I had to speak again in the morning. Our staff continued to work hard through the night to prepare for the next day. They love Jesus and the church.
Here’s what you should know about most pastoral staff
We are real people. We have real lives, real problems and real fears. We are mostly like you, just have some title that was given to us, along with some trust from God and other people. The Fort Worth staff pulled together extension cords and volunteers, put family plans on hold, bought heaters, generators and made things work. We received help from around twenty different LifeChurch.tv support team members from around the country via email and phone.
Craig via text afterwards: “How’d it go?”
Me: “Well, I’m not sure how good it was, but we had to add rows and 3 people gave their life to Christ. It went well.”
Craig: “Awesome! Proud of you!”
Here’s what you should know about how important volunteers are at a church
You are always needed and always appreciated. You make the wheels turn and are no less valuable than the person on the stage or anyone else. When the heat was out in our building, it got really cold! Still, we watched people swaddling babies in blankets, giving up their coats to little kids. We watched people snuggling up close to stay warm. We heard hundreds of people singing loud with an acoustic worship set, jumping around to stay warm. We saw dozens of people pitching in to greet, help and serve others. It was quite a sight! I don’t think I heard one person complain the whole weekend. Volunteers, you are the heart of every church!
Here’s what you should know about the Bible
God’s Word is not about the person who shares it, contrary to what you might think. It’s more about the person who is revealed in it, namely the God of the universe and the revealing of Jesus. It points to Christ. It points you to find out who who truly are in Him. It is alive, you should check it out for yourself and see if you don’t grow as a result. Starts reading the Psalms or Proverbs, then read through the gospels.
Here’s what you should know about TheWayItCouldBe
TheWayItCouldBe is an effort to encourage cultural change through personal and spiritual transformation. What does cultural change look like? I believe it is about people changing, collective groups of people changing, but only when we ourselves are transformed. It happens when we take responsibility to grow and allow ourselves to be personally transformed. Neighborhoods start to look different. The atmosphere in schools change and become filled with hope and respect. Communities come together to help people. The marketplace is changed and becomes a place of healing and joy. How does this happen? People decide to be in the world but not just like it. We decide not to conform to be like everyone else. We realize we are individuals. We allow God to change us. We allow him to use us. We allow Him to live and breathe through us. Our families and close friends see that we are different, that we care about them.
Thanks for stopping by today! Love to hear your feedback, observations or thoughts on changing culture, the church or anything else!
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