Coffee shop ponderings — My A/C dreams out the window

I always feel humbled when I talk to someone who says they read my blog (I am usually READING comments from people not HEARING comments).  And that was especially true last night at our church council meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting I lead a brainstorming session with the crew (which included a number of newly elected members) do devise some goals for the year.  The catch was that they needed to think in terms of Christ’s mission in the world.  Too often we get caught up in our own agenda and not with Christ’s agenda.  I wanted this group to be more than a group of people meeting to talk about money and little projects around the church.  I wanted them to think of themselves as a ministry team…working to advance Christ’s mission in the world.  I want to move away from a business meeting model to a ministry meeting model (I am still trying to formulate this new model).

Anyway…after the brainstorming session the small groups choose their top 3 or 4 goals they came up with and shared them with the whole council.  The goals that the groups came up with were great.  Some of them include:  (1) Reach out to the inactive members and the new people moving to town; (2) get more people involved with worship (especially the children); (3) pray more; and (4) read the Bible more.  There were other good ones as well, but these jumped out to me…with the addition of one other…

…one of my parishioners/council members said as a goal “Install an air conditioner in pastor’s office” (currently I am without A/C).  Of course I thought that was a great idea.  Then the person who was writing these goals on the white board asked (with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye) “How does that advance Christ’s mission in the world?“.  To that question another responded, “It helps with pastor’s sermon writing process.”  [The next comment made me laugh] To that response, my parishioner writing on the board said (with still a smile on her face and a larger twinkle in her eye), “Sermon writing…I read his blog, he writes his sermons down at Coffee Choices.” Everyone laughed.  I guess I had that coming…bye bye, A/C 🙂 

Oh well…that is a small price to pay for the privilege of working with such a great and talented group of people with a mission focus and a heart for Jesus.  And I hope this doesn’t sound like I am sucking up to get my A/C because what I said is true.  What is important is Christ’s mission.  But if my comments help get me A/C, then so be it.  Who am I to say that A/C in the pastor’s office is not part of Christ’s mission 🙂

P.S.  Did I tell you how AWESOME my church council is 🙂

7 thoughts on “Coffee shop ponderings — My A/C dreams out the window

  1. You have to give a lot of credit to the nominating committee. They spent meny, many hours and many, many phone calls looking for people willing to serve. I am really looking forward to seeing what this group can do.

  2. I think you deserve an A/C in your office. I am not just saying that as your sister, either. And, how do we know it is not part of Christ’s mission. We all know that if you have the right temperature environment to work in, you can think better and have great sermons. You have devotion and passion for the church and this is something they can do for you. Besides, other that people who work outside, how many of us work in a place without A/C?
    Take care. Mom and I have a shopping trip on Saturday with Corinna and Linda. I am so excited.

  3. I appreciate your support, sis, and yes I would love to have A/C, but right now there are other priorities we need to focus on. Maybe someday…I can be patient.

  4. I too have been thinking alot lately about how to switch from a business meeting to a mission meeting model for church council. Since I have been here, the council has accomplished a lot. But mostly in the area of church improvements. Which the church needed. Paint, new lighting, and now a new bathroom. But it feels like there should be more to council than just working on the building. We’ve done a brainstorm session like you just did and it was wonderful. And now I am trying to keep that focus at all of our meetings and not just our “retreat/planning” meeting at the beginning of the year. Any ideas on how to do that better? What are your plans for maintaining this mission momentum in the future?

    And by the way, A/C is a definite plus. My finally got put in this week and today it is hot as blazes out! So am very thankful to be writing my sermon with the A/C running!!

  5. Justin — I am glad to hear you are moving to a ministry model for your council. You bring up some good questions and I am pondering those for a post very soon. I am hoping to generate some conversation with others who have been there. Check back soon for that post.

  6. I know what you mean when you say it is humbling when someone confesses to reading your blog. My new council (when I get there) already has several members who read my blog. I have no secrets any more. lol

    In any case…they seem to be a good bunch and are interested in ministry outside our four walls. I have already begun setting up meetings and workshops just so I can catch up to them.

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