I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with the construction team. Art Day (Pastor of Construction & Development) has done a great job assembling an incredible team of people from our church to lead the buildling of our church campus.
Over the next few months they will be nailing down the long term master plan for our campus by defining space usage/needs, building styles, asthetics, traffic flow, and so many other areas. I’m really pumped about the direction of this team, they’re going to lead us in building an incredible campus! And yes, the kids fountain is still at the center of the campus
We’ve also partnered with some great companies to make sure we build the best possible campus while maximizing every dollar…
Our Architect — Todd & Associates
Campus Media Design — Clark ProMedia
General Contractor — Adolph & Petersen
So stay tuned, this is going to be awesome!
Today was a great staff meeting. We spent time talking about what God did this weekend, celebrating the changed lives.Â I really thought the team pulled off a great weekend with the move to the theater. The volunteers didn’t miss a beat in accomodating the changes!
What topped off staff today was watching Andy Stanley together. I pulled out the DVD from the 2005 Catalyst ConferenceÂ and we watched it together.Â Andy gave an incredible talk on integrity, and how to maintain it despite the challenges of ministry. He also talked about how not every open door is from God.
It was a great reminder for us to always seek what God is doing, not just look for the easiest open door! I’ve never been to Catalyst, but listening to Andy today made me want to go this year.
I had someone come talk to me today about an area our church had failed them in. Now, I’m not talking about someone with unrealistic expectations that the Church exists solely for them. This person is a huge part of our church, and we let them down in an area they have a very realistic expectation of support in.
It was a tough conversation, in that I really had to look at why we do what we do, and how we can do it better.Â Here’s a couple of things I took away from the conversation…
1) I’m thankful for Godly people who will speak the truth to me in love. This person came with no agenda. They simply wanted me to know their feelings, and their main concern was that we as a church make sure this didn’t happen again. They even wanted to help be a part of the solution.
2) We need to grow. It broke my heart that someone with a realistic expectation was let down. I left that meeting with a deep sense that we need to get better at this as a church.Â We need to get more people involved in ministry. We need to disciple every person to maturity in Christ. We need to be there for every person in our body!
3) We need to listen to the Holy Spirit. I had to apologize to this person tonight.Â I knew that this need was there, but I asked someone else to take care of it. I really believed I didn’t listen to the Holy Spirit prompting me to go. As a pastor, this is tough to admit. But I think our growth depends on us all being humble and honest.
4) I am praying about how we as a church can be more effective. Please join me in praying. If you’re not currently serving in a ministry, I’d ask you to be a part of the solution by volunteering. You can start here.
I had the privilege of doing a wedding for a young couple in our church this weekend.Â The groom, Tim, has a very special place in my heart, so this ceremony had great meaning to me. And yes, Tim and IÂ both cried through much of it.
I led Tim to Christ 11 years ago in a Walgreen’s parking lot. I watched him go from being a young man with little purpose or direction into a rock-solid follower of Christ. He has been amazingly consistent in his relationship with the Lord over that time.
In short, Tim’s like a son to me. I was filled with pride as Tim stood and made his vows to Melinda.Â They both love the Lord, and I’m excited for them to experience all God has for them now as a couple!
This weekend was really different at Palm Valley Church.Â
We wrapped up the “Don’t Fight Naked” series, and I talked about persistent prayer. It’s vital for our church to develop a greater heart and stamina for prayer. I think this weekend was a start to that!
We met in the theater, which made for a really cool atmosphere.Â It seemed much more intimate that the gym we normally meet in, and having a real stage was nice.
It was fun to watch people park on one side of the campus and walk all the way around; despite it being 116 degrees this weekend. Thanks to Dave and his team for the water stations along the way! It’s always fun to have a weekend that’s very different, and this was very much that way.
We’re in the theater one more week, so should be another cool weekend.