So, on paper I didn't get a thing done today. Not my contacting. Not sermon. Not much on our forum... but a good day nonetheless.
A people day.
4 appointments, one phone call from a church planter in another part of the country... The tiredness of a day well-spent.
One of the things I love about pastoring evergreen is this-I actually get to do what I'm in ministry to do. when we started, I formulated my job description. You want to hear it?
Okay, here it is: spend time with people (discipleship and counseling) and studying/teaching.
That's about it, really.
I've ended up doing a bit of admin stuff, but things run pretty well on their own right now. And my associate pastor and some other good community members really help carry the small bits that remain.
Basically, I get to be a pastor.
No, we haven't grown from 10 to 900 in 2 1/2 years. Not that growth llike that is bad, but I imagine it changes your role and changes it fast. We've grown slowly but steadily, and are going through a bit of a growth spurt right now. But at least for the minute it's still do-able...
I'm so glad that people can still get on my calendar, give me a call, sit and talk. Score one for simple church, for smaller, organic communities.
My role may very well change a bit at some point in the future. I think that even at the smaller number we've targeted to grow to and then start spinning off daughter communities, I'll have to focus more on shepherding those who are shepherding others (you know the drill...), but for now...
A good people day.