"You're not ready yet..."
It has been an unsettling month. We have not been holding corporate worship services during the month of October. In my 20-something years of church leadership I have taken vacations but I have never led a church to "pause". However, I do believe it is having some very important impact:
1. "Pistol" Pete Maravich was a legendary basketball player. He tells a story from his youth when his father would not let him have a basketball. His dad told him he wasn't ready yet and made him wait to have a ball. By the time Pete finally got a basketball he wouldn't let go of it and it made all the difference in his life. After a month without gathering for corporate worship, we have gained new appreciation for the profound importance of corporate worship in the life of a follower of Christ. Once we have it again we will not let it go!
2. Visiting other churches has helped us see that God's Kingdom is larger than any one church. We gather with other missional churches in this community to serve the King!
3. It is a great reminder that corporate worship is only a small part of what it means to follow Christ. Our discipling relationships outside of corporate worship are vital to how we become fully devoted followers of Christ.
4. It is important we mark the end of what was and look ahead to what will be. One of the greatest barriers for churches to have missional impact in their communities is a tiny little phrase that goes like this, "...but we've never done it
that way...". At least for a few months we won't be able to say that any more. He is making all things new!