I appreciate so many of you praying as I went in to have my wisdom teeth removed today. I didn’t sleep a wink last night, anxiety really messed with me.
I was supposed to have all 4 removed, but it took nearly 2 hours to remove my lower left tooth, so they only removed the wisdom teeth on my left side. Seems my lower teeth are pretty well adhered to my jaw bone, so it didn’t want to come out.
Fun news is that I get to go back in about a month and have the right teeth removed. Dentist said that the lower right one looks like it “will take some work”.
Thanks again for praying, I’m in some pain tonight but feeling pretty good overall.
I believe strongly in my need to be continually growing; it’s the only way to lead a health, growing church forward. Today was a day where I felt like I was sharpening my ax for the task ahead. We took 15 staff and volunteer leaders from Palm Valley to Nelson Searcy’s seminar on assimilation. Nelson, who’s been a good friend, and Bob Franquiz did a great job teaching through the assimilation (connecting) process they use in their churches. Here’s some thoughts from the day…
I believe Nelson is one of the top “systems” guys in the church today. He flat out gets how to develop systems for growth.
We’re already doing most of what was taught today, but there were a few ideas that peaked my interest, and will lead to some great discussions for our team.
“People say ‘no’ to what confuses them”. Great statement from Nelson about clarity in next steps.
“Your building is speaking: what is it saying?”
“Don’t put the skinny guy at the refreshment table: people will assume the snacks aren’t that good” cracked me up.
“If you don’t hold members accountable for what you asked them to sign, God will hold you accountable”
Had dinner tonight with Nelson and Bob, and I told them thatÂ I thought “they underpromised and overdelivered“! Seriously, if you’re a church leader not learning from Nelson, you’re missing out on a gold-mine of information. I’m thankful for opportunities to learn from other guys who are getting it done, and I feel like I learned a ton today.