Along The Way (6/Sept/05)
How cool it would have been to be Captain Kirk. He got to sit in the chair that had buttons and controls built into it. He got to wear the cool gold shirt. He always got the girl. And he had that cool voice data log book: "Captain's Log... star date 6/Sept/05"
Tuesday... prayer time and lunch with a few of the local pastors. I really value the growing relationships with a few of these guys, Ron, Mike, Nick and Richard especially. We've been intentional about breaking down that unspoken reality of competitiveness between local pastors and congregations. We've been experiencing the blessing of the truth: When one part of the body hurts, the entire body hurts; when one part of the body has cause to celebrate, the entire body has cause to celebrate.
Elder's meeting tonight. It really is a highlight of my week to get together with these guys. Tonight we have a visit from the finance guys. That is never any fun. Summer giving slump... rising costs... Ministry would be so much more fun if money weren't a part of it. But, financial stuff will only be a small part of our agenda tonight (God is merciful!). We will get to some good stuff: staff and elder evaluations and the spiritual formation needs of the congregation.
I have a pile of correspondence to respond to, a couple of calls to make, and some tasks to complete before the elder's meeting tonight... yep, it's Tuesday.