Before we took the call to come to LifePoint, we knew this season would come. We knew that being at John Wood, having a separate office location, setting up, tearing down and everything that goes along with being a mobile church wasn’t going to last forever. What we didn’t know was how long the waiting was going to last. If I’m honest, I wanted this season to come sooner.
It’s very exciting to visualize and anticipate how much effective ministry is going to take place when we get into the new building as a member of the building design team. I can’t wait for easier access to the sanctuary. I can’t wait to have less set up and tear downs. I can’t wait to have offices that are actually onsite and at ground-level. 😩🙌
…but in all my hope and excitement, there are some things that I really appreciate about the present …things I hope we don’t lose when we finally get to move.
Because a lot of what we use is not “ours” at John Wood, I think we’ve developed a greater habit of sharing and flexibility. If you’ve ever been at the storage closet during tear down on Sundays you’d understand what I’m saying here. Somehow, some way, we have to pack all of our tables, signs, supplies, toys, speakers and music equipment into that closet. All ministries are represented in this packed closet! Now, it might be because we have to, but I’m amazed by how we work together to accomplish this each week. Oftentimes ministries can become very territorial with their space and equipment. I’ve seen this causes a lot of frustration and division within churches. I hope that we continue to excel in a habit of flexibility by our love, grace and humility towards one another.
I’ve learned that sometimes obstacles are the best platforms for creativity. It’s easy to focus on what we can’t do because we don’t have… but I‘ve seen true creativity birthed out of making the best out of what we’ve been given (and that’s often more than we realize). I’m sure there will be times, even after we’ve arrived in our new building, that we’ll be tempted to think we can’t do certain things because of what we don’t have, but I hope we continue to find ways to overcome the obstacles, rather than being defeated by them.
Easy is attractive. It’s so nice to do things that don’t take a lot of effort. Don’t get me wrong, I think some things should be easy, but I also think “easy” can become a slippery slope into paralysis. LifePoint is a very motivated church with a mission. I hope we never lose focus and think that a building was our church’s mission. I hope this season continues to deepen our convictions for Christ, break our hearts for the lost and equip us for how we can faithfully lead people in a growing relationship with Jesus.
This is an exciting season. Yes, for the unique opportunity to build a new building, but even more so, to be changed by the work Christ is doing in our hearts to prepare us for this new ministry opportunity. Lean in LifePoint. Don’t miss what God is doing right now!