I am about 97.3% of the way through a paper I am working on for my Doctor of Ministry project. It is an aspirational piece on how we move to a more missional model of ministry.
It has been hard.
The author of one of the books we read, Alan Roxburgh, suggests that we get ourselves into a zone where things are going well, and you want to stay there.
Amen to that.
I have been preaching about getting outside of our walls for several years now, but I think now we are at a place where with the right kind of "oomph" we can make that jump.
I talked with elementary and middle school principals and guidance counselors the last two days. At least at one site, I was welcome like I was the answer to a prayer. We sometimes ask the question, how do you know you have been visited or guided by the Holy Spirit. This morning between 8 and 9, I wonder if I wasn't being given operational guidance on how to measure the presence of the Holy Spirit.
My Holy Spirit Dashboard was all flashing in excitement and enthusiasm.
If this were a car, I guess that would be "bad" but this wasn't a car. I WANTED to see the lights go red and the temperature gauge go up and the battery charge numbers go positive.
It was nice.