The Lord has blessed me these past 12 weeks through my church granting me a Sabbatical. While I knew I needed one, now that I’m back to work, I realize just how much I needed this time away.
What did I learn? I learned that my occasional dabbling in formal leadership coaching, and organizational consulting was just playing around the edges of what God has prepared me for. What does that mean? I still have no idea, but I will be looking for opportunities to specifically help individuals, churches, and other organizations discover what God has created them to do at this time, and what He has already set in their hearts as steps to achieve these new goals.
As an example, I met with a colleague (P.C.) this last week who leads one of the most successful churches in his denomination, but still feels they are missing the mark and on the verge of shrinking like all the others. He sees a big challenge in balancing the needs of his conservative majority, with a younger crowd that doesn’t question Scripture directly, but wonders how they are to “love and attract” non-believers with a message that shuns and condemns everything their secular lives have been teaching them.
As we talked, prayed, and I prodded him with questions, he came to realize that while our secular society has come to believe a lie about Christian love, Christians have also come to believe a lie about what Christ’s love should look like. He was re-energized to find a way to bring his congregation into a unified mission of sharing the Gospel in ways that will truly change lives through loving family relationships. I look forward to our continued meetings as we seek the Lord together on these and other issues.
You could be praying for P.C. and I as we continue this journey, and for me specifically as I listen to God’s still small whisper of direction and look for any doors he points me towards.