Dear Dave Rod of 1991
Leading up to Grace Church's 25th Anniversary, we are counting down the days by posting 25 blog posts in 25 days by 25 authors (well, 24... Dave wrote twice)! The post below is one of these posts. Need tickets to the 25th Anniversary celebration at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on September 11, 2016? Get tickets here: gracechurch.us/25.
BY DAVE RODRIGUEZ, SENIOR PASTOR
Dear Dave Rod of 1991,
Hey…so, you had no idea that on day 1 you’d be “blessed” with a church of over 650 people! At least you were well prepared and trained for it! …wait… O.K. so you weren’t. You really didn’t know what you were doing. And you had no preparation for this kind of church…this kind of life. Perhaps I could offer a few suggestions?
First. Here’s one thing you should never change. Keep listening when Penny insists that you, she and the kids have dinner every night together. That will become an anchor point in your incredibly random, hectic world.
Second. Be as painfully authentic with your wife and kids as you can be. Laugh at yourself…even when your kids make fun of you for your latest attempts at having family devotions. As a matter of fact, laugh all the time with them. If you do these things, those kids will turn out pretty darn good.
Third. Accept the fact that every day you will experience at least a low-grade-fever of sadness. The world is broken, people are dumb and they sin, you are dumb and you will sin, Satan is real, life is near impossible. So yeah, you will be sad, at least a little… all the time. Strangely this will be comforting. You’ll know you’re not losing your mind.
Fourth. Pray big. That’s all. Just pray big.
Fifth. Stop with the incessant moving on to the next thing. I know, that’s how you’re wired. But from time to time, stop and enjoy the wonder of what God is doing. Look at the miracles of life change and healing all around you. Worship well.
Sixth. Be ready for when people leave the church. They will, and it will hurt…every time. Try not to take it personally but…you will, I know.
Seventh. Do more baptisms! And every time a person comes up out of the water say a prayer of stunned gratitude.
Eighth. Start planting campuses! I know it’s not a thing in 1991 but believe me, it’s going to reach way more people than you imagine right now! Oh and…you might want to consider opening a Care Center with a choice food pantry…in Hamilton County. Trust me.
Ninth. Don’t have a tenth anniversary celebration. Again, trust me.
Tenth. Gear up. You are one generation away from a spiritual crisis. The children of those you call baby-busters are about to start turning away from God in record numbers. Start now to create a church that will love them back to God.
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I love this, especially #3. YES!
Posted by Julie Christensen on August 21, 2016 @ 4:47 pm
That hair, though.
Posted by Penny Rodriguez on August 17, 2016 @ 8:16 pm
So glad to be part of this church at "such a time as this." Thank you for your leadership, Dave, and your incredible authenticity. You show me what it looks like to follow Jesus, and this post is an excellent example.
Posted by Steve Perkins on August 17, 2016 @ 5:02 pm