Friday, June 09, 2006

No New Insight, Just Checking In

First, welcome Warrior Girl. Thanks for your comments on some previous posts. Guys and Gals, check out her thoughts on the second chair as warrior post.

Second, isn't it good to be serving our Lord Jesus and His church. Be reminded of this Scripture from Ephesians 1:22-23. It states, "22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way." You are serving His church, which is his body and that which is the expression of his fullness.

I know that at times it doesn't feel this way, but be encouraged. No matter what is coming at you, from your first chair to your congregants, to that seeker who is in crisis, the church you serve is under His leadership and is making a difference.

Oh yeah, you are helping it make that difference. So here is what I am asking you to do. Post some comments just updating everyone in the Second Chair Blog Community of what God is doing in your ministry. This type of reflection is an encouragement. It will also be an opportunity for us all to get caught up and reignite our prayers for one another. So good, bad, ugly, sad, amazing, wonderful, or whatever the way you would describe your circumstances, let us know so that we can serve each other in prayer.

Here is one final word of encouragement. It is my life verse. Romans 15:13 states, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Now trust in Him and overflow!!!!!


Clayton Bell said...
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Clayton Bell said...

What a funny post, considering m situation...

A while ago I mentioned to all of you that there was an opportunity to move to a second chair role where my best friend would be the first chair. Well, that opportunity was "approved", but has taken longer than anticipated to come to pass. Thank God. It gave me the chance to see that wasn't what a I wanted.

So anyways, our local church is in a lot of transition (the good kind, if there is good transition!), and I've been talking with my pastor, 'cause the wife and I don't feel long for Tallahassee. I told him I'd like to work for our "denominational" office in a position that I was making up out of thin air. I didn't even know if they were hiring. He thought it could be a phenominal fit, made a call to the executive director, who just happened to be hiring for almost exactly the position I made up out of thin air. Wow.

In less than 24 hours from that time, I had a flight booked to interview on Tuesday for the job. After having some friends look over my resume, one of them told me he saw my name on an email that listed me as the director's assistant, meaning the interview might be a formality. I was also asked how soon I might be able to move...

Did I mention my wife's pregnant, and it's the first time we've made it to the 11th week (meaning it's safe) out of 4 pregnancies?

So anyways, wisdom, grace, and God's will be done are prayers that I covet right now.

How's everyone else doing? :-)

Jay said...

Sounds Awesome Clayton, job, baby all that.

Things are changing in my Second Chair role at my church. We are adding a new staff member...he'll be stepping into a leadership role and as a result, my position will be changing somewhat. Our church has grown so fast, but our staff growth has not kept the this should be a welcome addition. Since its new, I have a lot of questions that haven't been answered and my initial response to the new hire was that it was a demotion for me. Its been a rough week quite honestly and I've been trying to see the positive side of this change. As I've talked to my first chair more about this change, and had the chance to talk one on one with the new staff member, I'm begining to feel better about the change. You can pray that I'll continue to feel that way and that this will be a easy transition for our staff and will help bring us to another level.

Clayton Bell said...

I just wanted to let all of the non-commenting lurkers know that I decided to withdraw my name from consideration for the job. It was a wonderful position, but when I actaully looked at it in the face, I decided I didn't want it. In case you were wondering.

Anonymous said...

What’s up?

I just realized that I have to give up my second chair position. I knew it would probably come to this, but the reality is a bit much to get my arms around. The position was somewhat forced upon the first chair by a board. Most of the rest of the team felt it was imposed upon them as well. Not a good situation, but for the good of the organization it needed to be done. Eighteen months later I find that it is not going to work for a variety of specific reasons. Maybe someone else can be found. I will suggest a restructure tomorrow. And offer my resignation or take a subordinate role. I will say no more … I will be unkind, or sin against my brothers.

Roger Patterson said...

Anonymous -- I trust that you will find hope in the midst of this storm. If you will receive my encouragement, don't forget that Jesus is in the midst of the storm with you, even if you think He is asleep and doesn't know what is going on. Remember, men disappoint us, fail us, hurt us, and are quite fallible.

A few words that I trust will bless you: In your anger, do not sin. Also, where there is much talk sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

Don't be anxious in well doing, for at the right time you will reap a blessing if you don't give up.

Hang in there and find rest for your soul in Him.

Jay said...

Looks like most of us are in a transition time in our chairs. Its hard. The second chair has never been a comfortable position, but as I look at this transition, it begining to look even more uncomfortable. I've been praying about it and talking to my first chair, but he doesn't understand what I'm feeling, why I feel the way I do, so its been hard to process with him.

Pray for me as I walk through this change. I pray that it will be a positive one and one that will improve my church in the process.

Jay said...
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Jay said...

Hey guys...

Have we all been swallowed up by our chairs? Is anyone out there? Just checking in!!