My Week: Wednesday

Been a really good couple of days at the Learning Community event, talking vision and strategies for growth. Also opportunity to hear what other churches have a real desire to build is inspirational. 

(Not sure about the 6.30am alarm call each day or the 9-5.30 schedule and the drive home from Peterborough. But glad we went). 

The process for discussion was very useful and I will pinch it for use with ministry teams within Xcel. 

Planning is great but we were reminded to always keep God in everything we do and as a systems type person this is an important reminder. 

Loved what Pastor Chris Hodges said at the end by looking at the responsibility of the Levite tribe to carry the poles, the tent and the furniture (Numbers 3:17). 

The poles represent the structure. It’s not the focal point but without it a building would fall. Same for church. 

The tent represents the systems. The how we do what we do. Everything has a system and it’s often what we interact with. 

The furniture is the spiritual. And while the tribes were given oxen and carts to help with carrying the poles and the tent, the furniture had to be carried personally. (Numbers 7:1-7)

You can delegate some stuff but not the spiritual. That’s ours to carry personally and no one else’s. It’s our responsibility. 

Excited about what can happen in Xcel as we work purposefully toward the 2020 vision. Each of us playing our part ~ connected to God, free in Christ, discovering our purpose and making a difference. 

Are you ready?

Preparation & Prayer

It’s Influence 2016 this week and we would love for you to join us. Still time to register as we host Vicki Simpson and Mal Fletcher. It has our attention as we ready everything for what is a highlight in our calendar. 

We are making the right preparations. Team Xcel are busy setting, cleaning, making, creating and rehearsing. In otherwords they are doing everything they can to set up for an incredible weekend. 

We are setting time aside to pray. I am an advocate for we work hard like it depends on us and pray like it depends on God. Without prayer and inviting God to have His way, we are just having a lovely time. 

After all ~ we don’t just want to have a lovely time, we want to have powerful God encounter moments. 

This is a season of preparation and prayer. It’s what my trip to Bangalore was about last week. It’s what God is speaking to me right now. It’s what is needed to see us revived and made ready for all that God wants to do in us and through us. 

We are prepared and prayed up. Are you?