Every year, I get a study break.Every year, I try to take a bit of it.This year, I'm doing it right.(Here is a little glimpse of last year's break...)I'm taking the entire break in one big clump, as encouraged by my boss (who had a terrific, extended study break during his sabbatical last summer). After … Continue reading Study Break 2013
When I was hired for the job I currently hold, which is something along the lines of creative arts director/minister of music/worship leader/experience coordinator (DON'T LABEL ME!!!!), my boss offered what seemed to be an incredible gift. He said, "You'll get a few weeks each year of study break. You're creative; you need to protect … Continue reading Creme Filled
A few things:I'm too much in my own head. It takes me two days just to unwind, to shake off the adrenaline, to quit the mad brain-race of ten different projects open at once. It's been fascinating to watch myself, to have an awareness of how my mind functions in what have become normal circumstances. … Continue reading Some Thoughts
Yes, I know it's a mess - yes, Mom - I KNOW!But it makes perfect sense to me.
I'm on my second round of study break; abbreviated, but still necessary and, I expect, incredibly profitable.Last time (April) I did a lot of reading. This time, planning. Thinking. Praying. And silence.Starting with beauty all around me, a little Derek Webb in my ears and a lot to process from the Leadership Summit.I'm not sure … Continue reading Self Portrait
Great day today.Totally disengaged from the planning of a Sunday experience, I attended two.After I slept until 8:30. On a Sunday!!! Woo hoo!!!!!We headed first to Hope Church on Patterson Avenue in Richmond. I was excited to walk in and see a) a fiddle player and b) a banjo player on the front line of … Continue reading Double Dipping On A Sunday
Home. Sitting in Panera waiting on results from a local show choir competition. Here, engaged, but not really here....Feeling convicted about my "Dear 21st Century Church" post. Seems like I either didn't explain myself very well or there was something bitter running through the entire thing experience that leached through. In spite of three edits, … Continue reading Doing Church The Way God Called Us To Do It
One last walk this morning........Contemplating my 'take home' from these blessed five days, surrounded by brilliant blue seas, white sand and glorious sunshine, I kept chanting, "Glorious. Glorious. You make everything glorious. Thank you, Jesus."As a worship leader, I have noticed one of my habits is this: During a gathering, overwhelmed by the privilege, the … Continue reading Blessed Assurance
If you read a book on burn out, and realize that a lot of what you're reading seems very familiar, you pay attention.Anne Jackson grew up as a pastor's kid in traditional church settings. She's seen what church life can be like from a kid's perspective, and she's experienced her own personal challenges. In Mad … Continue reading Mad Church Disease: Overcoming The Burnout Epidemic
Finished book #3 of this study break; Kem Meyer's Less Clutter. Less Noise. Subtitled "Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales", it's a look at how to maximize effectiveness of communication, focused on the church environment, in light of the information overload systems in place in our current culture.Kem comes out of a corporate background, which … Continue reading Less Clutter. Less Noise. Still Overwhelmed.