My Own Words

God On a Deadline

Have you ever wished you could turn off your church for a week so you could get some new ideas, or maybe flesh out the ideas you have a little better. We are expected to be creative, funny, inspiration, practical, and somehow God-inspired with a turn around time of less than a week. The more I look at it the reason that churches are doing the same things over and over again isn’t because they love the tradition so much but because there is no time to really go after something new.

Can you imagine the uproar if the pastor and staff walked out and said, “we have some new ideas and believe that God is calling us to use you guys and your creativity and to go deeper as a church than we have ever been before so we are going to cancel church for the next 3 weeks so we can get ready.” I don’t know if that would fly in most churches. It would be cool though. We could have church and just not plan anything for those 3 weeks just let people get up and speak what was on their hearts and sing whatever they wanted. It might be heresy every now and then, but at least it would give the staff time to find their new voice.

Alright so it is really bad that I quote myself, but I still feel very strongly about this. I am thinking about stopping our Wednesday night lessons in December so I can get ready to re-launch our minstry in January. I don’t know how that will work, but it is just something going through my head.

6 thoughts on “My Own Words

  1. Tim says:

    Dude, I totally agree with you. I’m pretty attracted to some para-church organizations for that very reason. Fortunately I’m in a church now that wouldn’t resist a new radical idea too much, especially since I feel I’ve earned their trust and respect through my time here so far. Dreaming a creative vision, accomplishing the same age-old task in new ways, and seeing it become reality? Man, there’s nothing like it. :-)

  2. [rhymes with kerouac] says:

    “We could have church and just not plan anything for those 3 weeks just let people get up and speak what was on their hearts and sing whatever they wanted”

    I don’t know, but I’m thinkin’ this sounds like an awesome idea.

  3. Jon says:

    Hey, been reading this for awhile now. Just wanted to let you know that it really doable. We meet for the first two weeks of December and then we’re off until the second week of January and re-launch. We’ve found it rests our leaders, re-energizes our teachers and leaves our students looking forward to what they are missing.

  4. John says:

    Wow, Shane we must be alot alike, this is like the 10th time I have been thinking about something, and then I come to your blog and you have a post about it. I was just talking to my main leader about this last night. I to am planning to shake things up, haven’t nailed everything down yet though. Fill us in on your plans for january.

  5. NASH says:

    i believe with your idea about games but i am a single parson who has prepaired a game but only with pen and paper i am just struggling in this line and i just wanted to give my i dea about my game i have played Devil may cry (all three parts )resident evil (almost all versions) rainbowsix i have come up with an ideathat if all thre disadvantages of these would were to be removed then a game more popular than all these would come into exihistancethat woulsd last almost twice as resident evil;thhs game hs the name of VENGENCE CALLING;IT SHOWS THE DEATH OF THE EVIL GATE KEEPER AS JUST A TALABITE ACTUALLYWHO SURVIVES BY LEAVING A CRUSADER AND A CURSED WAREWOLF TO FIGHT AMONGST THEMSELVES BUT LIGHTNING DESTROYSTHEM BOTH AND AS WRITTEN IN THE PROPHECEY THEY TAKE A RESURRECTION FOR THEIR VENGENCE CALLING TOWARDS THE DEATH OF THE EVIL GATE KEEPER I HAVE DESIGNEDTHE ATTIRE FOR THEM AS WELL AS THE WEAPONS THE WAREWOLF TAKES A NEW FORM OF A MUTANT IN THE FOREST TRIBE BY THE NAME OF TOULIO AND THE CRUSADER TAKES BIRTH IN A MONESTERY BY THE NAME OF ALOUSIOUS THEY HAVE DIFFEREWNT FIGHTING STYLES (LIKE IN DEVIL MAYCRY) THEY HAVE HORRIFYING SURROUNDINGS (LIKE IN RESIDENTEVIL) MOST OF ALL THEY HAVE A COMMON ENEMY THE GATE KEEPER KAMONO THEY MEET EACH OTHER IN THE MIDDDLE OF THE GAME THEY HAVE THEIR OWN PAST LIFE “I HAVE JUST GIVEN MY OPENION THE WHOLE IDEA AND CONCEPTS REMAIN I DONT WANT ANY CREDIT BUT JUST THAT MY GAME COMES OUT IF YOU APPROVE I WILL SENT THE WHOLE COPYRIGHT

  6. Shane says:

    What’s up NASH? I don’t really get your post. I do love games though, I just don’t get what it has to do with taking some time off. If I am going to see some time off to the people in my church I can’t be talking about playing video games! They will shoot me.

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