A common phrase for people that I know is..."Does the Pope Wear a Funny Hat?" While the obvious answer to that question is, "Yes!" I am in no way making fun of the Catholic Church or intend to offend my Catholic friends. This is simply an emphatic way to say "Yes!" when someone asks an obvious question.
I tried to construct using my limited graphic design skills a picture of me with a Pope's hat on. It looks funny as it should regardless of my graphic skills. It would also look funny if I had such a hat in real life.
One of the things that I love about Peace Haven is that no one expects me to wear a funny hat! Meaning that I am not the only person at our church who does missions, evangelism, financial decisions, and even preaching sometimes! I am not the Pope of Peace Haven! We serve together beautifully as the body of Christ and largely hunger to see individuals take ownership in the health and vitality of our local body.
As we move forward, we are seeing some exciting days! We have a new leader in charge of prayer and another serving with our Welcome Center. It is encouraging to see people passionately serve for God's greater glory at our church. As people step up to serve, we need to strive to work together in the work of the church. This means affirming those who have served for years and embracing those who may be new to their roles.
This weekend is what I like to call "crunch time" in church life. Others may call it the March Madness, Super Bowl, World Series, etc. of the church. Whatever you call it, people are more open to visiting church during this season than other times of the year, so we have a job to do. We need to be prepared.
Being prepared means:
Those involved in our evangelistic efforts are prepared.
Those involved in worship are ready to serve.
Everyone is ready to come early and welcome those who may be coming our way. Whether they are new or haven't been around for a while, they need to be welcomed. And that means avoiding phrases like, "Long time no see!" or "Hey Stranger!" that can only be seen as negative.
Ready to follow up with those who visit by giving them a call, sending them a note by mail, email, social media, etc.
Being prepared to worship as the body of Christ.
While I may not wear a funny hat, I do feel the burden of leadership as pastor and desire for people to get to know our God and how amazing the people at Peace Haven really are. This comes by engaging our members in roles of service at our church on a regular basis. I'm looking forward to our next series as we will use a theme from the song by Creedence Clearwater Revival called "Centerfield." We will see how we all can say "put me in coach" to our Creator and see how God wants to use us.
Enjoy the video below and we hope to see you soon at Peace Haven!