Monday, September 8, 2008

Sharing our church's story with others

A while back I was invited to come to meet with a group of pastors who get together once a month to learn from one another and to sharpen their pastoring and leadership skills. It's a great concept, and if they weren't so far away, I'd be there on a regular basis. But it was a 500 mile round trip.

They wanted to hear how God has worked over the years in Nags Head Church. And I love telling that story! Having been a pastor at our church for over 17 years now, I've seen up front and personal what God has done to do a total makeover and take us through several transitions to get us to where we are today.

They asked lots of questions, too. Good questions. Some that I wasn't really prepared for and had to think about. But I hope that something from our story was an encouragement to each of them.

This was the second time in the past few months that I've addressed a group of pastors like this, and I've got another one scheduled next month. If you've read this blog very long, you know that I have a heart for pastors. I see way too many discouraged to the point of questioning their call and quitting the ministry.

So thanks, God and Nags Head Church for giving others hope. And thanks for letting me be a part of it.

3 comments:

MilePost13 said...

Cool!

Bob said...

Very cool Rick! It's a great story.

Count me among those frustrated and questioning.

Roxanne said...

I hope the pastors who were listening came away realizing that God used you to bring us through the changes over the years by constantly teaching us two things: "It's not about me" and when we look for answers always ask first "What does the Bible say?" Without years of unfailing teaching about servant leadership as well as watching you lead our church that way, it would never have worked. I wonder if some of the church leaders who are frustrated with their congregation's lack of interest in change and church health have tried to jump over those foundational issues and get to the fun part! I don't think it works that way.