Multi-Site Production Round Table – Day 1

I’m in Carlsbad, CA attending the first ever Multi-Site Round Table discussion for church technical directors. This discussion is the brainchild of Dennis Choy, Technical and Production Pastor of North Coast Church, Jill Gille, Executive Production Manager of Willow Creek Church, and Daryl Cripe, Senior Director of Production for Grace Community Church.

I’m so glad that they chose to put this event together. Even before the event started, I was already realizing the benefits of this type of meeting. Before today’s first session, I had a quick bite to eat with Jeff VanderGiessen, the Production Technology Director at Mars Hill Church. He shared with me something that he does at his church that would really help at my church. Wow! I already had one great take away within 10 minutes of coming here.

We started off the session by discussing leadership issues, staff performance issues, and what was working well at our churches. It was also a great time to connect with my peers from 18 great churches all over the country. I’m excited about what God is going to do as we continue our discussion tomorrow.

Multi-Site Production Round Table – Day 1

So What’s God Been Teaching You?

This is a question that I ask potential candidates when I’m interviewing them for an open position at work. What surprises me is that most people from very different backgrounds always seem to say the same thing.  I find that God is also teaching me the very same thing.

It’s patience. God seems to be teaching me to more patient. I don’t want to learn this. I was everything right now or yesterday. I don’t like the idea of waiting on something. That’s how I feel when God is trying to teach me things. I know that God wants to teach me, but I want to learn those lessons quickly and then move on. I don’t like the fact that God is going to do things according to His timing and not mine. I don’t like the fact that Joseph in the Old Testament of the Bible spent many years in prison after being falsely accused. I don’t like the fact that Moses spent 40 years tending sheep in preparation for leading the nation of Israel. I don’t like the fact that even Jesus waited 30 years before starting his ministry on Earth. Can’t we get on with it?

So God has been teaching me a lot of things, like patience…but it’s been slower than I like.  In his book, Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren writes about how God puts situations and people in your life specifically to teach you things. That’s so true in my life. I think that’s one of the reasons God’s given me a special needs child. He wants me to learn patience, along with learning to be more loving, gracious, and compassionate. I think that why our house hasn’t sold yet after being on the market for four months. God is teaching me to trust Him and his timing. I can look at so many situations in my life and see that God really, really wants me to learn to be patient. I’m so tempted to tell God, “Okay, I’ve learned my lesson, can we move on now?” I don’t do that because I think God would reply, “Not just yet.”

What about you? Is He teaching you to be more patient? What else is He teaching you? What situations and people has He put in your life to teach you?

So What’s God Been Teaching You?

More About the South Tulsa Campus Launch

It was a lot of fun helping out last weekend with the launch of the 13th campus. Moving carts and plugging in things brought back some fond memories. It reminded me of the setup that we had to do at my previous church. That church was a portable church for 10 years. While some things were the same between the two setup experiences, some things were very different. The excitement and the camaraderie between the volunteers were similar. But the amount of volunteers and technology used were far greater at LifeChurch. The South Tulsa Campus team was able to mobilize over 200 volunteers to help with the setup. The pictures below will give you a sense of how much technology is used for the weekend experience.

While it was fun to reminisce about the past, the most fulfilling part of the weekend was seeing people raising their hands at the end of the message. Those hands being raised signified people committing their lives to God. That’s what all the setup and technology is for…changed lives!

STO Launch Pic 1

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STO Launch 3

STO Launch 4

More About the South Tulsa Campus Launch

Challenging Times

The past couple of days have been a challenge for me. On one hand, I’m excited about my new job that I’ll be starting in less than a month. I’m also excited that we found a good house in Oklahoma that will meet our needs. On the other hand, I’m concerned that we may not sell our current house by the end of the month. If we don’t sell by then, then what? Are we going to pay two mortgages?

“This is not the best time to be selling a home.” I get reminded of that every time I talk to my realtor, my mortgage broker, and when I watch the news.

I’ve been researching bridge loans and that may help, but it’s not without issues. So, I’ve been trying to trust God and His timing. I know that God will provide a buyer at the right time. It’s been hard though.

I sometimes have this erroneous idea that if I’m following God’s will, things will be easy. It wasn’t for Joseph in the Old Testament of the Bible. He did what was right and was thrown into prison. Stephen in the New Testament followed God and was stoned to death. Jesus followed the Father’s will perfectly and was crucified.

Even though things are going to be difficult, I know that God will take care of me as He always has. A couple of verses that have helped have been Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB):

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight

And Matthew 6:27-33 (TNIV):

And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’

For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. How do you do it? How do you trust God with your whole heart and not worry? If it’s a struggle for you as well, I’d love to hear that too.

Challenging Times

Sometimes You Gotta Break the Rules

I was reading in the book of Mark the other day. In chapter 2, the writer retells the time when four men brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus. They were hoping that Jesus would heal their friend. But unfortunately, because there was such a large crowd around Jesus, they couldn’t get their friend to Him.If I was one of those four men, the story probably would have ended right there. I would have been saying, “Well there’s no way to get in, so let’s just go home. If it was God’s will to see Jesus, He would have removed the barriers and we would have a clear path to Jesus.”

Thankfully for the paralyzed man, his friends didn’t give up as easily as I would have. They thought outside of the box. They decided to break the rules. They made a hole in the roof of the building that Jesus was in and lowered their friend down in front of Jesus.

Wow! The friends saw a barrier and went right around it. They loved their friend so much they didn’t let a minor obstacle stop them. I wish I would think more like that. I’m a “by the book” type of guy. I like following the rules and doing things the established way. But I think God’s been telling me that I need to think outside of the box. When obstacles come my way, maybe I need to look harder for a different solution. Sometimes I will need to break the rules and do things in a new way.

How about you? Are you the type that is always thinking outside of the box? Do you not even see a box? Or are you like me? One who likes to follow the rules? Do you have suggestions for how I can be more like the four friends? Let me know your thoughts.

Sometimes You Gotta Break the Rules