I was a senior in high school when my family purchased our first home computer. At that time in history the Ctrl+Alt+Del command was bitter sweet. It was bitter because it meant you had reached a road block and things were locked up. Sometimes, you were even staring at that horrible blue screen which strobed in front of you in a tantalizing way. It was sweet because it allowed you to pull out of the immediate symptoms and be rescued to a fresh start.
I’ve created a rhythm which allows me to hit Ctrl+Alt+Del both personally and in ministry each July. Personally, I usually take about 3 days for Lori, my bride, and I to get away together. This is a time where we are not concerned with where our kids need to be at a certain time or whether we have meetings scheduled together or separately. This is a time where we talk about us. We talk about how we are doing together as couple who strives to love each other well through the journeys of life. And, we take time to have fun together and engage in activities that we both enjoy.
We also spend a few days of quantity time together as a family. We stop the pull in multiple directions and we spend time together without distraction. We have found in our ministry journey that this time is necessary for our children and our family as a whole. We create memories which are reflected on and written about in school projects for the next year.
Finally, I spend a significant amount of time in reading, prayer, and planning during July. Hours and hours of reading and prayer will produce a ministry calendar for the next twelve months which includes a detailed sermon calendar, member meetings, new member classes, church wide retreats and events, as well as coordinating small group initiatives. I also plan the next year’s goals of growth for our elder body including various books and studies. Amidst all of this is the big picture vision planning; including what strategic efforts might become relevant over the next year, keeping us in motion toward the vision that God has given His church, Crossings Community Church.
It is a very healthy season for me to rethink my spiritual routine, my role as a husband and father, as well as my ministry routine. I would love for you to pray for all of this… would you be willing to do that? Would you pray that God would bless our time as a couple and our time as a family with great fun, laughter, and growth? Would you pray that God would increase His vision for CCC with great clarity as I work on the next season of planning? I’m already excited about sharing with you the tangibles that come out of this time.
I would love to have your prayers with me as I seek God’s direction for this great church He has created!