Sunday Recap

Do you remember the A-Team? Hannibal would say, "I love it when a plan comes together" at the end of most episodes. As a Type -A-overachieving-control-freak Worship Arts Director, that is what I want to say when the worship service is over.  However, God has patiently taught me the last 14 years or so that it is not my plans, but His that matter.  We heard Pt. 2 of Pastor Jeff's "State of the Union" to our church yesterday and it was all about CHANGE...taking the next step wherever you are in your spiritual journey.   I chose worship songs that celebrated the Attributes of God and His Redemption of Man because in the light of who He is and what He has done, we can change.  I knew the message would require some time for people to process what our Pastor was saying, but before the Message, I rocked it out.  I did a song that has become one of our favorites in our campuses' 18 months of old one, but a good one...'Trading my Sorrows."  I don't use a road map on this song - the band just follows.  People were REALLY getting into it and were belting it out..."Yes, Lord, Yes Lord.." Well, I had NO idea that Pastor Jeff was going to make saying "Yes to God" as a key part of his message!  So for all of you HHI attendees who thought, "Man, that really connected!" Yeah, all God...not me. Here was our service...

"All Because of Jesus" - Fee
"Salvation is Here" - Hillsongs
Small group interview
"Trading My Sorrows" - Evans
Scripture Reading - Acts 2
"You are God" - Charlie Hall
"Center" - Charlie Hall

 I introduced " You are God" to our congregation...such a great song.  We had a Small Group leader interview a small group attender...I gave the small group leader a lot of lattitude to script that himself (just gave him a time limit and told him to help our people see what they are missing out on by not being in a small group.) They knocked it out of the park! I honestly believe that when we allow our people to tell our people truth, it is SO much more powerful than when we who are PAID staff tell them the same thing.

And drum roll please....We had 3 people pray to receive CHRIST!  Glory to God!

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At the plate

It's Sunday morning...very early.  I got a call late last night that our main worship leader on the other campus, Clay, is sick, which means Rob has to lead worship out there.  Normally, no big deal except today, Rob was scheduled to lead worship on my campus.  You've heard of musical about musical worship leaders? So, I'm thinking through the worship set this morning, changing all the keys, maybe changing a song or 2. Our lead pastor, Jeff, has been on a 3-month sabbatical and just returned last week. He's doing a 3-week Message series entitled "PAUSE" starting today on our campus. He's putting our current Message series on hold while he addresses the worry, fear, and frustration that we are feeling as Americans with our current economic crisis. I'm really looking forward to this series. I've chosen "You Never Let Go" by Matt Redman as a song of reflection today - I'm pumped about that. So, if you read this before 10:30 AM  E.S.T, pray a little prayer for me.  I'm feeling ill prepared (the perfectionist in me!) But, that is usually when God does His greatest work in me...when I'm up at the plate and needing Him desperately to help me swing.

AtBat At Bat by Les Tait

Relationships, baby!

I'm a "High D/ High"I"I'm a Lion/Otter To summarize these attributes...I am always looking for the party all the time, but on the way to the party, I'm feeling guilty because I should be setting personal goals for myself and my children for the next 5 years(yeah, I'm messed up!). This mix has done pretty well for me in ministry because it has given me the ability to sleep at night when I do have to make tough calls, but it balances me to build relational ministry (I LOVE being with people!) The older I get and the longer I do this, the more I desire relational ministry (I'm talking to my former tech director from ATL right now as I write this blog - he called me AFTER I started this!)  When I think back about the different places of ministry that I served over the last 15 years, it's the relationships I remember not the cool sermon series' we did. It's eating Subway sandwiches every Thursday night while Winfrey and I would set the stage and talk about how to invest in our volunteers and sharing stories of wins in our ministries that week.  It's working on recording new worship songs in my little bitty apartment in NYC with Brett and being blown away at what an amazing songwriter he was. It's having dinner with my drummer  and his wife and hearing his passion to start a Christian music night on Sundays nights at a local music/bar venue on the Island.  I love being able to do the journey with others and come alongside other people in collaboration and accomplish great things personally and creatively. Without these relationships, ministry becomes a real job and I don't want a real job. It was no accident Winfrey called me while I was working on this - I needed his phone call today.  He didn't call for any reason - just wanted to say "Hey." And boy, it meant alot.

It's My Pleasure

You gotta love Chick-fil-A. Asking for extra ketchup is not a burden to is their pleasure. When people ask things of me, is it my pleasure to accommodate? Honestly...not all the time. I love helping people who help me, but I struggle sometimes helping people who do not help me.  Matthew 7:12 says "Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them." (THE MESSAGE). This is an offensive behavior...not a defensive behavior. Tim first taught me this. I should always be the "host" in every circumstance...initiate the conversation, ask questions, lend a hand, do everything in your power to make the other person feel so important. If I would try to outgive others, I won't have time to be sitting around thinking about why someone isn't helping me. I need to do a better job of "hosting" the people in my life. Care to join me?

Try being "the host" for a day and tell me what happens.


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Todd asked me today to think about someone I respected as a leader...and then to think about how much of my respect for them was based soley on this person's attitude about life. I have to say it was a HUGE percentage.   Perry has been doing some great stuff on this lately. I spent a couple of hours with my mentor last week and he inspires me to have a positive attitude about everything. I think that is why I am so encouraged when I am around him.  Yeah, he kicks my tail a little (which I need) but he makes me want to embrace life with a "YES I CAN" say,"Sure, whatever it takes - I can make it happen."  That is the kind of person I want to be.  I want to embrace my marriage, my kids, my ministry, my music, my relationships with that kind of "YES I CAN" attitude.

Do you want to be a "YES I CAN" person? What's holding you back?

Boss or leader?

I love leadership books.  I love reading blogs or really anything that helps me become a better and more effective leader.  I have been blessed in my life to have some truly tremendous leaders pour into my life and I feel a great responsibility to share their investment in my life with the team around me. My hubby e-mailed me this link today and I loved this comparison between a boss and a leader.Boss_cartoon

1. A boss may 'tell' but a leader will 'coach'.
2. A boss tries to rule by force and fear but a leader will encourage, motivate and gain  trust. 
3. The boss focuses on his or her own needs saying 'I'. The leader considers others and uses 'we'.
4. A boss cultivates a blame culture whilst the leader looks for solutions and expects mistakes.
5. The boss can tell you what should be done and how to do it but offers no help. The leader tends to show a person how to do it.

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Do you have tendencies to be a boss or a leader?

Not right now

Our Island campus staff made a big decision...we are not going to add another service right now. We feel confident about the times we have chosen (9:30 and 11) but none of us have peace about pulling the trigger right now. It was a really cool moment as Todd (my hubby and Campus Pastor) asked Barb and I what we were sensing from God.  We were all in agreement and felt God was saying,"Not right now." I've been at this juncture so many times in the 4 previous churches I have served with adding services. Sometimes, we went for it and it was a disaster.  Sometimes we went for it and it was a success. Have you ever felt God tell you to wait on a big decision?  How did you handle it?