I just saw that Forest Hills Church linked to my review and response to other opinions on The Shack. Thanks so much for the link.
Forest Hills Church is doing a Christmas Series called Christmas At The Shack. Here’s where you can find the messages.
On another note, I listened to an interview with William Paul Young, the author of The Shack, and it was really great, it’s from Catalyst so there is a discussion before hand that you gotta get through, but the interview is worth it. You Can download that here.
I know senior pastors can go through some pretty depressing thoughts on Sunday afternoon, and monday. Re-hashing what they said, what they could have said, what the church needs to do better or differently, feeling like a failure.
Well youth pastors can go through that too. I’ve been feeling it lately. I know that the size of our ministries weekly attendance is small, and I have a certain amount of internal and external pressure to see it grow. And that sucks. I try to play it cool, like it doesn’t affect me, but it does. The frustration grows and the ministry doesn’t.
This morning I started my work week by sending in last nights youth group numbers. And I commented for the first time on my frustration. I never do that. I usually just email in the numbers and move on. I didn’t know why I did that. I cleaned out my inbox, and then went to my google reader account to read some of my blog mentors. I find this is a good way for me to start the day. Email, check the blogs, and then focus on my projects the rest of the day. That’s just my process.
The 2nd blog I read was from
The size of your ministry does not determine the level of your success.