Things are starting to wind down in the Elrod house tonight as I look back over my sermon notes and get ready for tomorrow. I’ve got my earbuds in jamming to some old-school Christian rock (Barnabas, Servant and Rick Cua) and occasionally checking out the Gator score (priorities ya know). There’s a really cool indie concert tonight at the Polk Museum of art that our Catalyst pastor Chad Chastain is heading up. It was suppose to be an “Outside The Box” kind of thing that Compass Point would co-sponsor…but there was a mix up in communication with the museum’s folks. A bunch of our young 20-somethings will be there…it kind of bites that I won’t make it. However, I trying hard to stick to my plan of keeping things quiet on Saturday nights when I’m preaching the next day.
At Compass Point right now it’s the calm before the storm. The momentum is starting to build and things are beginning to move. Each week there are more folks showing up than the week before…people are getting involved with Connexxion groups…we’ve baptizied people the last two weeks….and new people are stepping up to help. For the first time since we began we have a team of staff, we’re working on a budget and we’re putting together some policies. We are also in the process of revamping our entire structure, launching a student ministries and purchasing some big ticket items we’ve never been able to afford before. All of this is leading up to February…we are doing our first big, concerted marketing push…50,000 postcards and some other stuff. We’ll be doing some smaller marketing things in the meantime…but basically trying to get the structure in place. With that in mind I’m heading to a Nelson Searcy thing in Tampa next week and then going to Mountain Lake’s practicum in October (with our Connexxions Pastor Kyle Bridges). Anyway…we are sitting on top of the bubble right now at Compass Point. The next few months are going to be exciting…and hard work. This is the stuff I live for!!!