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Change is rapid. This past spring, a group of my buddies and I headed out to Arkansas to kayak Mulberry Creek. The scenery is incredible, the river is a beautiful blue and the kayaking a thrill. The guys on the trip made the trip a blast, and we did not hurt for great laughs and amazing food! One of the guys, Kevin, was our fearless leader. He knew the area well. But more importantly, he had been on the river and knew its twist and bends, and dangerous spots. The journey was a thrill and enjoyable, but it had plenty of moments that took insight and care. There were changes at every corner.
As I floated the river, I couldn’t help but consider the thrill, but also the peril that could be involved in change. We have been in a transition at the church where I currently serve. Our Pastor of 15 years left for another great ministry leadership position. That meant we embarked on a journey in search of a new Senior Pastor. Here are some resources that have made this journey successful.
A Key Guide
One resource came in the form of a person. Having someone come and lead the organization/staff through a time to consider change and all that it means was a blessing. One of our friends in ministry is a leader and consultant with our state church convention, Brett Selby. We invited him to a day retreat at a facility in the Oklahoma River Parks area. He helped us process some early days of change – changes that at that time were happening more about our former pastor leaving. But, he also helped us consider what it will be like now, with a new pastor coming. He recommended the book Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges.
A Key Book
A journey that I have been on is with another resource, the book, Leading Major Change in Your Ministry by Jeff Iorg. This book chronicles Dr. Iorg’s victories and challenges as he has helped churches, denominational entities, and a seminary to make changes. The seminary changed its name, and moved its entire campus to a new region! Dr. Iorg uses frank but respectful anecdotes from his journey, key biblical passages and clear instruction in the best ways to lead a group through change.
Of the four churches I have served in since Seminary in the 1990’s, 3 have had Senior Pastor changes. Much of what I had experienced in the past was very good and healthy, but these additional resources and insights from Brett, and these two books have helped put into words what I have experienced. These resources have also helped me explore and expand areas that I know need growth and attention in my leadership development.
What resources have you used as you have experienced change?
Currently I am reading through the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament. I’m a guy who’s grown up in church, even been to seminary, and I still have to slow down and think through some really hard to grasp passages. Ezekiel no doubt is an entire book that takes some extra time and thought – what is this about, who is it written to, what do these visions mean, how does it apply to me? If it is difficult for a seasoned believer to understand complex Bible passages or books, imagine being a new believer or unchurched? Wouldn’t it be great to have some tools to help in the journey of understanding God’s Word? Here are four great tools to get in anyone’s hands to help in understanding the Bible.
The Bible Project. Just this morning while reading through Ezekiel, I clicked on youtube to this great resource, pulled up the comprehensive flyover of the book and got my bearings on the who, what, when, where of this important writing. The link I gave here takes you to their actual website. Simple, clear, and visual, this tool is like a quick map to gain your bearings, and even today I learned new things.
The Bible App. Thank you LifeChurch for your creation of and investment in this app. I use it daily, weekly! From looking up a passage in relatively any translation or even language, to unique Bible studies and reading schedules, this app is the ultimate. I use it for my daily reading using my favorite format that is reading through the Bible in chronological order.
Understanding the Bible by Max Anders. The Bible is a library of books in your hands; sections of history and poetry, prophecy and letters. One thing it is not is a novel. It does not read in sequence according to years, it is chopped up. Anders takes the Bible and helps the reader grasp the grand sweep of history through the Bible, how all the books flow from creation to eternity, where and how a minor prophet relates to Moses and the Gospel writers. This book is a must for new believers or seasoned saints.
Logos. The new believer to the mature can certainly use Logos and its tools, but this is likely more appropriate for the deep divers, pastors and teachers who rely on the languages behind the Bible translation used and technical commentaries. It certainly is for the Bible student who is looking to offload a library full of physical books for an even bigger digital library; a library that instantly pulls a search or query from all those books into one click. It really is incredible and I am grateful for this amazing tool.
There you have it. Four powerful resources to help anyone get to know the Bible better!
A couple of years back, the Griffin crew headed up to one of our all-time favorite spots, Red River, New Mexico. It is a great mountain town in the Enchanted Circle of New Mexico. We have skied there, hiked there, shopped there, fished there and yes, have had intense go-cart and putt-putt golf competitions. Recently a family who is dear to us headed up that way, and I made mention of two great hikes, one up to Middle Fork Lake and the other to Lost Lake.
From Lost Lake you can scramble on up to the top of New Mexico, Wheeler Peak. Both lakes are beautiful, but you have to pick a direction.
In life, knowing your direction is key. Core Values, that is the direction or vector you choose in life for yourself, your family or for an organization can either be accidental, or they can be thought through and chosen. Either way, you are definitely headed somewhere. Wouldn’t it be better to choose your direction?
For my family, there are identified values. These guide our heading – which by the way, we may not know the ultimate destination or outcome until we get there – but these values set the course.
Here are our Griffin family values:
We are committed to the pursuit of learning and stretching ourselves – about God and all He has created, from history, cultures and languages, to the arts, sciences and nature.
Our family is a launching pad, for each of us – to go, explore, build relationships and community, and challenge ourselves through mistakes and success.
Our desire is to be like Jesus – to obey His commands to love God and love our neighbors. To be filled with the Spirit and display the fruit of joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control and most of all, love.
In a world filled with pain, painful choices, and the pain we may endure or cause, regardless, we are committed to unconditional love and acceptance. We are committed to a bold love that can say “no”, that challenges, rebukes, corrects, forgives and restores.
We pray that our home is filled with much joy and laughter! Life is hard – why make it more difficult by being unkind? Slow to speak, slow to anger – a gentle answer turns away wrath. Peace.
There you have it. These values keep us on the path to what I believe will continue to be a very fulfilling and rewarding future. Which trail will you choose?