Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dear Mr. Treadmill

Dear Mr. Treadmill-
I know it's been a long time since we've talked or seen each other, but lately I have felt like I've needed to contact you. I have such fond memories of us spending many hours together a long time ago, and to tell you the truth, I always felt better after we met. And I know it's a lame excuse, but I've been so busy with everything going on in my life, I haven't made much time for you. Trust me, it's me not you. Anyway, what I am trying to say is that if you would be open to it, I would love to start spending some quality time together again. I just feel in my gut it's the right thing to do. So, if you will have me back, let's stop this whole love/hate relationship and meet in the morning to start all over again.
You're long lost pal-
Dusty

Saturday, August 22, 2009

God Hates Teeter Totters

This summer I took a step of faith. I assumed the position of being a director of an "average" student ministries in an above average church. While the volunteer leaders are unbelievable and there is great support for the ministry from the church, there has been huge turn over in my position and a void of direction. What this meant for me as I entered an empty office and unpacked my boxes, was that I had a choice to make. Either keep things going the way they've been and settle for "average", or do something drastic... change things.

Change. Even the word brings mixed emotions to people. To most companies, businesses, and even some churches, change represents a teeter totter. A teeter totter that can go in either the direction of huge success or in the direction of huge failure. The more change you bring, the more the teeter totter can lean one way or the other. Which means small change will bring small success or small failure. So to these groups, change is a big risk. Here's where I want to present a "Dusty" theological idea. I believe God hates teeter totters. I mean when God gives direction for change, whether it is ministry related or not, I don't believe there should be much question as to what will happen. If we truly give ourselves over to God to direct our path, and that path involves change, can our actions then be deemed "risky". It's really hard for me to picture Moses gathering the slaves and leading them through a parted red sea and half way through the sea stop and say "Guy's I'm really not sure about this, I hope it works. Even though God told me to lead you here, it doesn't mean He's right". God is not a crap shoot.

So, with this new school year, I have committed to giving the direction of the student ministries over to God. With this, God is leading me to change a few things to promote growth and raise our ministries to above average. While it might feel natural to have some doubts or fears that things might go in the wrong direction, I can only have faith and be excited to see what God does. May we remember that with God as our guide, we can't be scared. God has huge plans for us and none of them involve a teeter totter!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Balancing With Francis

This challenging video of Francis Chan talking about taking risk as a Christian is awesome. What a great visual using the beam in his message! Enjoy!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Pot Pourri

- Is it just me or does it seem like fall is creeping upon us like a speeding train? With a lot of new ideas and programs planned for the start of the fall, it means there's a lot to do in the next month.

-As much as I feel I should jump on the Redskins fan wagon, I will never replace the Chiefs as my favorite team. But the skins could end up being a good second.

-Parents... The other day someone asked me what the hardest thing about youth ministry is today. Before I could answer, another person said "probably parents". I pray that God lets our ministry change that stereotype. I pray parents know that our student ministries is here to partner with them in guiding their teens.

-The iPhone has got to be the best invention in the past 20 years. Period. (other than the Chipotle burrito)

-As of this post, the Red Sox are a half game back in the AL East behind the Stinkees... err I mean the Yankees. I hope they pull ahead soon and don't look back!

-We've been doing a sreies in the student ministries called "Get to the point- A look at the parables of Jesus". This week I'm teaching on the parable of the two builders. Man, I love this parable. I can't wait!

-There are two new albums coming out in the next month or so that I think I'm going to have to preorder. David Crowder's Church Music & Switchfoot's Hello Hurricane .

- My verse/prayer for August: "My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. - Psalm 145:21"