I love this… not the backing down from a conflict, but taking time to retreat away from the normal day life and re-engage to take a Sabbath and rest up to plan ahead for the future.
This weekend, I have the privilege to be at a cabin in Gatlinburg with Jim, John & Steve (the guys I’m on staff with at H2O) to fish, hang out and plan the rest of the year for H2O. We are gathering around casting vision, planning, praying, fasting and inviting the Holy Spirit to intimately be involved in the next steps of H2O.
I am very excited to be in this process. I am excited to be on this team with these dudes. Being a part of a team that values each other and being in our lives together, speaking the Gospel into each other’s lives and genuinely care for each other.
When you live and pastor in Florida, there is no better place to refresh, reload and plan ahead than the mountains.
Pray for us this weekend as we draw closer to God and closer to each other. My desire for this weekend is to not just come away with a better handle for where we are going as a church, but I hope to grow even closer to these dudes that I partner with each week to serve God in Orlando at H2O.
One of the biggest questions we are wrestling with is how to effectively implement a concept called missional communities. We are attempting a dramatic shift in our philosophy in our life groups. We are going to effectively kill our life groups and starting something new. I have the unique opportunity to beta test this concept in my life group right now. This can be the single most important shift we make in the life of H2O. I wanna talk more about missional communities over the next few weeks.
But for now, know that I’m suffering in the mountains where the trout are plentiful and the camaraderie is excellent.
The boys and I are at middle school this week at North Florida Christian Camp. We started the week off right by running late to get here. It has been raining all day and the dirt road coming into the camp was a 1.5 mile long mud bog the front tires on my Dodge Neon are practically bald. I had to bomb down the road just to keep from getting stuck! It was a blast! Honestly, I wished I still had a SUV so that I could have hammed it up a bit.
After finally getting down the road to the camp we got situated into the ‘bunk house’ all by ourselves. This is going to be great for me and the boys. We will use this time to bond, relax and have a great time. The photo below shows us watching Kick Buttowski on Netflix using my tech that I brought to use for my missions presentation. So far, the boys are loving being here with me.
I have been praying for this summer for months and this week of camp for awhile. I feel like this is going to be a very good summer for us in the support raising department. Before we went on vacation, I had 3 successful appointments that led to 3 new ministry partners. This week we are the missionary at camp and I will be speaking to the 127 middle schoolers here about H2O Church. I also intend to share our work with the adults that are here too in hopes of getting some of them to come aboard with us.
This is going to be a good week. Thank you, God for allowing me to be here.
I hate leaves.
I grew up in a house that had 7 giant pecan trees on a half acre lot. It was an 1850 built plantation house for 150 acre pecan plantation. If you know nothing about pecan trees, know now that in the fall they drop an amount of leaves that can only described as ‘well more than you can imagine’ (thank you Star Wars). One of my all-time favorite movie lines involves leaves. The movie starred two governors to be… guess the movie, actors who became governor and describe the scene, in the comments section along with the best reason why you should win and I will send you a surprising award. So here’s the line:
Person 1: When the big man was killed, its blood was on the leaves.
Person 2: If it bleeds, we can kill it.
Now, let’s try to pull this back to reality and the subject at hand. When I think of leaves, I think of an obstacle that seems almost too big to overcome. Getting ready to go on vacation can sometimes be like this. Today we are preparing to leave for a week-long trip to Georgia. And it has been a busy day trying to get everything prepared to be gone for a week. Busy, busy, busy. Add to the chaos Orange County Public Schools scheduled this as a teacher work day.
As I made out my To Do List fro the day it seemed as insurmountable as those God-awful leaves back home. Here I am towards the end of the day with most of them accomplished. I am happy. This is the most least-anxious I have ever been prior to a trip. I tend to turn into an arsehole when trying to leave and get all jerkified. Not today. We will leave when we leave. This insurmountable task list is dwindling… which is good cuz so is my energy. The best way to enjoy the trip is to enjoy the process of getting ready to go.
Anyway, I’ve put off finishing the last little bit to get us ready long enough (I had to search my iPhoto library for a photo of the infamous house. You can see several of the referenced pecan trees and even some of the hated leaves.)
Next time you read a post from me, it’ll be from a cabin nestled in the north Georgia mountains as I escape reality and spend a few days alone with Ronda.