So this won’t be for everyone. I’ve wanted for the past few months to start a blog series on practical ministry stuff for other preachers and ministers and local church volunteers. I’d like to write down somewhere some of the stuff that I’ve learned and am learning, and I’d also like to try and pass it on to people who are serving in ministry. And here’s why I think, even though I’m pretty young and new at this, I still might be able to do it.
In one of his books, the great author Malcolm Gladwell talks about what he calls the curse of knowledge. His basic idea is that after a while of doing things, we eventually forget the wisdom that we learned along the way. It becomes more natural, and what was once quite difficult to do has now become second nature.
I’m not anywhere near there yet.
Each week I spend writing a sermon, planning a series, doing funerals, trying to get out in the community, visiting people in the hospital or prison, dealing with criticism, learning to play and enjoy my family with proper boundaries between Church and home…all of these things I still consistently struggle with.
But I also recognize that I have been given some great gifts over the past decade of my life. Because of luck of the draw, I’ve been blessed with great mentors and friendships with people who are brilliant leaders, pastors, thinkers and preachers. I was blessed to work on a preaching team with Rick Atchley for several years, I’ve been blessed to work at two large and healthy churches that care about the right things, and have had regular access to tremendous resources and people who have taught me more than I could have ever learned any other way. And since I haven’t been doing this long enough to forget what I learned I wanted to try and pass on some of these great pieces of wisdom that I have learned, and am in the process of learning, to my friends in ministry in other places in the world.
This will be a blog series that will last about a year, and we will try and cover everything from how I learned to plan a sermon series to how I learned to do a funeral.Don’t think I’m trying to say I’ve got ministry figured out, but I do know some people that are a lot further on this journey and have been helpful to me. I plan to have several different video interviews on here with people who I’ve learned a lot from, like Rick Atchley and Jeff Childers, to Chris Seidman & Randy Harris and a local funeral director (they’re not the same person) as well as a local hospital chaplain, a local prison chaplain and several others. Continue reading Inspi(re)ality #1: The Local Church