Friday, November 15, 2013

Party Over Here

We had a party over here tonight at Crossroads!  Thanks to all the Operation Christmas Child workers in our church who pulled this together!  We had a fun time with the party, and tons of people coming out to pack shoe boxes for children around the world.

We have no idea where the boxes will go, but we know that kids will be blessed.

Our party is a really a pre-party.  When we enjoy the Wedding Feast with Jesus in heaven, we expect to see some of these kids who were blessed with boxes of hope.

May God pour out his Spirit through these small gifts...

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Advice for Pastors

I’ve been doing this 25 years.  With a Master of Divinity degree in 1988, I was called to serve as pastor of Coolidge Memorial Baptist Church in Coolidge, GA.  My home church, Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC, ordained me in November 1988.  I had no idea what I was doing.  I have served three churches over this quarter century, and I may still not know what I'm doing. 

For what it’s worth, here are a few of my observations:

  • You don’t do this for the money. 
  • Ministry will take over your life (if you let it), and you won’t have a life.
  • Ministry gets real when you get real.
  • Ministry gets fun when you stop taking yourself so seriously.
  • God is hammering away at you.  He always will be.
  • Truth is more important than any planning tool or strategy.
  • You are in this for truth, not accomplishment.
  • God will take care of you.
  • Don’t fake vision.  It won’t work.
  • You know God’s ultimate vision:  reconciliation through the cross.
  • Keep vision simple and let God bring out the details over time.
  • The silver bullet is the cross.
  • You can’t do it all, but you can try.  Trying to do it all will steal your soul.
  • Trust God to be at work.
  • Your sin of avoiding Sabbath is destroying your soul and your ministry.
  • Keep it in perspective.  Most problems are not that big a deal.
  • Jesus cares more about your soul than your ministry.
  • Keep a good attitude.  Your joy means more than your most inspired plans.
  • Give it up.  Let God have a turn.
  • Don’t give up.  You are doing more good than you realize.
  • Laugh.   At yourself, at your first-world problems.
  • Have fun on purpose.  Make it a priority.
  • The joy of the Lord is your strength. 
Here’s to the next 25 years of ministry!