A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 6)

A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 6)

Humility “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  (Micah 6:8) Throughout almost fifteen years of marriage, twelve years of parenting, and over a decade of pastoring, the invitation into humility has been abundantly offered to me. Humility is a lot like the way John in Revelation 10 described eating the scroll. In his mouth, it tasted like honey; however, when he swallowed it, it became bitter in his stomach. Isla Vista Church has ranged from about 25 people when I took the church over, to about 150 people in number. We have never been a big church; being in a college town, we are constantly gaining new people and losing people. In addition to this, Holly and I have had a difficult time finding people to run with because of the transient nature of the city and the age group we are made up of. In my early years, I was very ambitious to build something that would attract more people. Today, I have come to understand that the goal is not to build a church, but to build the people God sends our way. Today, I have come to understand that the goal is not to build a church, but to build the people… Click To Tweet It has taken a lot of years, and a lot of loss, to realize that the goal isn’t a bigger church. My pride and unholy ambition at times have gotten in the way of the gold that was in...
A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 5)

A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 5)

Servanthood In February of 2005, I stepped into the role of a pastor.  I was 25 years old and found myself as the house dad of a community home consisting of 20+ people located in Isla Vista. The house was an old frat house that the church used for lots of meetings, hosting people, and other random things. When Holly and I said yes to the home we didn’t fully understand what that meant. We just loved Jesus and wanted to do life with others in Christ. It was in these two years that God revealed the heart of leadership to me: serving others. Not as an identity, but as a role I played in the life of others to facilitate the purposes of God. I am not sure how long someone can walk with the Lord, especially in a leadership capacity, if they’re not willing to give up their life and rights to serve others. I know when I was 25 years old and saying yes to leadership I thought I was signing up for a throne and a crown. What I ended up receiving was a towel and a basin. I say that jokingly but I think many young people, including myself, don’t understand that being a leader really means being a servant. In the first week of living in this community house I walked into the bathroom to discover the greatest explosion I had ever seen. To spare you details, just picture a lot of water and and a lot of poop… on the floor and everywhere. The toilet had overflowed and, conveniently, whoever did it was long gone. I remember both in frustration and self-pity (woe is...
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