What has the Lord been teaching you this week?
I attended a wonderful round table discussion today led by Kent Hunter of Church Doctor Ministries a few miles up the road from where I live. During the discussion about vital and healthy leadership a question was posed by Kent, ‘What has the Lord been teaching you this past week?’
This reminded me of a list of questions that Bill Tenny-Brittian shared at a conference on house churches last year at a seminar sponsored by the Northeast Center for Congregations last year. They are based on what Bill calls The Five Core Spiritual Habits of:
- Personal, Regular Scripture Reading
- Prayer that Listens More than Talks
- Intentionally Encouraging Other Christians
- Kindnesses Done in Jesus’ Name
- Personal Faith Sharing
They can be found here http://www.billtennybrittian.com/archives/431 (The Five Core Spiritual Habits)
(Bill can also be found on Twitter at twitter.com/@billtb)
And I think that I have addressed this question recently with my post about Mission and Vision…Wrestling with the Future as A Pastor Leader. (https://jimkane.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/mission-and-vision-or-mission-and-vision-or-mis%e2%80%a6-wrestling-with-the-future-as-a-pastor-leader/)
But when I thought about responding to it on my Facebook page, I realized that this could be a good blog topic to post about on a weekly basis. So, I shall, with recognition to whom recognition is due, post my responses to the five questions as a comprehensive asking of the question from this morning.
And I begin as follows:
The Lord has been teaching me patience and endurance. Our church voted last Sunday, unanimously to take a step of faith and start raising funds to build a new facility on property we bought nearly two years ago. It was a challenge but I loved to hear the question raised, ‘Do we believe that God wanted us to buy this property?’
So now begins the exciting and scary journey toward a new building… that is currently estimated to cost $1.5 million dollars!
More than once in the past several months I have heard the whisper of the Spirit asking, “Jim, do you trust me?” So patience and endurance are a part of my learning experiences these days.
What about you? What has the Lord been teaching you this week?