WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING
It has been a challenge getting my mind out of my rhythm of serving as Gateway’s director for seven almost eight years, shifting from my day-to-day processes in MAINTAINING Gateway to allowing myself the liberty to get in the CREATIVE process of envisioning something new for a church.
Listening to God and Others
So I spend my mornings in the Bible, prayer, and simply conversing with the Holy Spirit about what He desires to build. It has really been a fun part of the journey. I drove to different parts of the county asking God where He wants to plant. While I am not fully decided on this, yet, I am getting closer. My problem is having too many places (all different parts of the county) that I want to see His Kingdom come. That is always a problem when you want to see God change the world. 🙂
We have had the opportunity to meet with people that have approached Lydia and me telling us that they are interested in “going with us” whenever we do this. That is always encouraging, and it is fun to see the team God is building.
I am also spending time with Barry Wissler, Kevin Eshleman, and some of the ECC elders seeking wisdom in this process.
Mentoring & Other Ministry
I also still mentor several people, as does Lydia, and we are both sharing in two couple’s premarital counseling. I have several speaking engagements for churches lined up, and I will be leaving at the end of the summer with my daughter Joanna to minister for 2 weeks in London.
I have been serving HarvestNET in varying administrative capacities in both writing and technical help.
Web Business & Grandpa Business
The web business is definitely there and people are always asking me to do more. The dilemma has been being able to give energy to thinking about the church plant while doing that. Coding sites, working with clients, and working with other designers takes a lot of brain power, which in turn robs me of the mental energy needed to focus on forward-going vision for the church.
Then there is the little distraction named, Evelyn. If you are following us on Facebook, you are likely also aware that we became grandparents when Gavin and Jessica gave us our first granddaughter three weeks ago. What a blessing it is to be a Grandpa and Grandma!
So, if you throw it all on a calendar, it has kept us very busy. But I think that is better than sitting around twiddling my thumbs. 🙂