Need more Volunteers?

Does your church need more volunteers? Do you feel overwhelmed by all you have to do and wish more people would get off the sideline and get into the game? Do you want to mobilize more people in ministry?

If so, this free, online event from The Rocket Company and Tony Morgan (who will also be on our October 9th edition of Ministryhangouts.com by the way) offers you help and hope.

Israel 2012 Trip review

You Can’t Do Everything, But You Can Do Something

Topic overview

God has called each of us to be a transformational conduit of the Gospel.  Our churches are the hope of family, the hope of the community, and the hope of the world.  So where do you start?  How do you call the church to action?  How does a crowd become a community with a cause?

You may not be able to do everything, but you can do something.

More about Greg Surratt

To get to know Greg a little better you can go HERE.

More about Seacoast Church

For more information about Seacoast Church you can go HERE.

Resources

To see a PDF of the notes from this session - Handout.

To see the slides from this session - Slides

Books referenced

Servolution: Starting a church revolution through serving – Dino Rizzo

The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the missional church – Alan Hirsch

The Starfish and the Spider: The unstoppable power of leaderless organizations – Ori Brafman, Rod Beckstrom

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A monograph to accompany Good to Great – Jim Collins

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Stuck in transition…

My friend Scott Wilson recently wrote a book called “Steering Through Chaos: Mapping a clear direction for your church in the midst of transition and change“. Scott has done a great job of modeling what he writes about . He asked me to share my thoughts on transition in one of the chapters, so I thought it might be fun to revisit it here over the next few days and get your feedback.

Here’s what I wrote first:

“It feels as if the community I give leadership to, Seacoast Church, has been in a constant state of transition since we started over twenty years ago.  I sometimes wish we would finally arrive somewhere, but I’m not sure that’s really our goal.  Transitioning is the state of going from one place to another.  The alternative to transitions is going nowhere – staying in the same place. Since the winds of the Holy Spirit are constantly moving and changing, our churches should be constantly reshaping for the journey.  Maybe being in constant transition is a good thing after all.”

So what do you think?  Is being in a constant state of transition a good thing or a bad thing?

Tomorrow I’ll share one of three lessons we’ve learned to apply to transitional challenges.

Choking on some humble pie

I just had to make one of the most embarrassing phone calls I think I've ever made.

Trust me, I've done some pretty embarrassing things in my time at Seacoast.  Just a few examples:
  1. I asked a bride one time if she would agree to take her fiance as her "lawfully wedded wife"?  She graciously declined, in front of a few dozen of her best friends, but said she would take him as her husband.  (We got better at proof reading marriage ceremonies as a result.)
  2. I called a child by the wrong name as I was dedicating her to the Lord during a service one Sunday morning.  Got the sex wrong too. (We now require large print, pink or blue name tags for parents and children in dedication ceremonies.)
  3. I temporarily lost a lady I was baptizing in the ocean when a fairly large wave crashed over us.  (We now baptize in teams.) 
  4. I used the words "dream", "wet", and "blanket" in a sentence during a message on faith.  Not necessarily in that order.  (Won't do that again.) 

This one takes the cake.  A little back story, first:

A couple of years ago, I invited a fairly well known guy to come to Seacoast.  He was going to be in town for another event, so it worked out that he could speak at three of our weekend services. He's a good guy and he did a great job.  As we were eating dinner, I asked him where he was staying, and found out we were keeping him at a "not so nice" hotel…as in "pay by the hour"…(not quite, but it seemed like it).  I frantically called around trying to find another place, but every room in Charleston was booked because of other things going on in the city.  Because of some miss communication, we hadn't booked a room in time.

After the last service, I handed him an envelope with a check in it…told him it was a small token of our appreciation for his ministering to us that weekend.  I didn't realize how small it was.  I never looked in the envelope.

Fast forward two years.  In the midst of reviewing some financial information, one of our guys came to me yesterday and asked if I realized that we had basically "stiffed" a guest speaker two years prior.  I said, "no way", and asked them to recheck.  Sure enough, he was right.  It was about the equivalent of going to Starbucks, ordering a coffee and a cookie, and leaving a quarter on the counter.  "Thank you very much, have a nice day."

Still hoping we were wrong about the number, I immediately picked up the phone and called the speaker.  "This is embarrassing", I said, "but I need to ask you about a check we gave you two years ago.  Do you remember how much it was for?"

"Sure do", he replied.

"It wasn't _____, was it?", I asked, knowing that that amount would barely cover the gas to make the trip home.

"I believe that it was", he said.

I'm pretty sure he could hear me turning red thru the phone line.

I tried to explain, as best I could, that there had been a mistake somewhere, and we would do our best to make it right.  He protested vigorously that everything was fine and we didn't need to concern ourselves with it.  He's a nice guy…but I'm sure he had to wonder…for two years.

Some things I learned:
  • Measure twice and cut once.  That's a carpenter term for, you always have less egg on your face if you double check.  I'll be checking the envelopes from now on.
  • Everything is not as it seems.  If I was this guy, I'd have been thinking all kinds of bad things about me and my motives over these last two years.  In reality, it was a simple mistake, or series of mistakes.  The worst we were guilty of was incompetence, with no malice intended.  How many times have I jumped to conclusions about someone else's motives when their actions weren't what I thought they should be.  I've gotten a fresh lesson in believing the best.
  • Unlike other baked goods, humble pie tastes worse the fresher it is.  I'll laugh about this later, but not yet. Give me some time.  We've always prided ourselves on erring on the side of generosity at Seacoast.  This time we just erred.  Maybe swallowing a little pride occasionally is good for the soul.

What do you think?