I love pastoring a church! I love the fact that every day is different and every week presents it’s own set of opportunities. When it comes to serving God I don’t really think you have bad weeks….just difficult weeks sometimes. It seems like those difficult weeks are always because of the constant struggle to guard the vision that God has given the church. I’ve heard time and again church leaders talk about “being mean about the vision” at conferences…and never fully understood what that meant…until this week. The leadership and I have had to be “mean” about guarding the vision of Compass Point this week…and it has been difficult…but rewarding!!!
In the past five days we have had to…
- make some very tough financial decisions in order to prioritize spending.
- completely break fellowship with one of our former elders and his family.
- pass on co-sponsoring an event with the YMCA we meet in.
- tell people “no” to some great ideas that just didn’t fit into where God was taking us.
- decline a request from a local homeless shelter.
- hold some of our staff accountable for the lack of excellence.
- move some wonderful volunteers into other roles more suited for them.
- decline a $100,000 donation (no joke).
- shut our small groups down for six weeks.
Every decision we made this week was a difficult one. Every decision we made this week was bathed in prayer. Every decision we made this week was weighed against Scripture. Every decision made this week brought us more in line with God’s vision for Compass Point. Every decision this week…brought us closer to God…and closer as a church that wants to reach people far from God with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.