This past Saturday, I got to talk about how Revolution is structured and what the means. I am incredibly blessed to have so many great leaders to work with. Without these leaders buying into the vision, buying into me and putting in all the time that they do, Revolution would cease to exist.
I talked about how Revolution is an elder protected, staff led church, what that means and why that matters. How things are structured at a church makes all the difference.
Each of these team members oversee many other teams. While it would have been great to talk about everyone, we did that before when I preached on Nehemiah 3 (which you can listen to here). On Saturday, I wanted to talk about the main leaders as our leadership team has grown and changed over the last few months to help us staff for growth (if you haven’t read this before, go and read this and come back).
The staff team helps in overseeing the day to day operation known as Revolution. All the ministries, follow-up, everything. Whatever it takes to keep the ship moving in the right direction.
In case you missed Saturday or don’t know who they are, here are some snippets:
Cody is the newest addition to the team. He is in the back middle. He oversees Rev Up, our student ministry, which launched two weeks ago. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this new ministry and what it will mean for Revolution and the lives of teenagers and their families. Cody has a huge personality and lights up every room with his energy and southern accent. By birth, he is a huge Bama fan. I am still trying to learn southern sayings without laughing, but he’s helping. He has dreams of getting me to like country music, but…
Paul is on the far left and he is our Pastor of Worship & Arts. He oversees everything that happens on Saturday: the music, arts, videos, first impressions, set up and tear down. Paul is a massive Texas anything sports fan. He is also a secretly great basketball player. Don’t let his height fool you, if you are picking teams and he is there, pick him first. He will drain every 3 he takes.
Jennifer is in front of him, she goes with Paul. We all know why he picked her, but the jury is still out. She oversees Planet Rev which is our ages 0 – 5th grade ministry. This encompasses the largest volunteer team in our church and almost a third of our church. It is a huge undertaking every week to create a safe, secure, fun environment for kids to hear about Jesus in ways that make sense to them and partner with parents as they disciple their kids.
Christe is next to her. Christe is the glue that holds it all together. She is our admin. Without her, we would not last very long. She oversees all the details, keeping us on track. She oversees countless volunteers in the area of graphics, printing, marketing tools, any flyers, all of the follow-up we do. In many ways, she is becoming my right arm on so many projects for our church. The addition of Christe is huge for me personally as a leader and our church. She frees me up to do so many other things and takes the jobs (details) that I get lost in and she makes them fall into place.
As I said, I am incredibly grateful for the leaders I get to work with. The talent that God has assembled at Revolution is unbelievable. I hear from many pastors who can’t find good leaders, who have lazy leaders or aren’t passionate about the vision or the church. When I look at the leaders I get to work with, I thank God that I don’t have that problem with anyone at Revolution.
If you see these guys this Saturday, say thanks to them. They work hard (along with all the volunteers on their teams) to make Revolution happen. Their hearts are to serve you, the guests that walk through our front door and our city. They want to see lives changed.
Keep up the good work. Remember Revolutionaries, Saturday is coming. God has given us the opportunity to be a part of changing lives and eternities every week.
This Saturday at Revolution will begin something that we have never seen at Revolution: Rev Up, our student ministry kicks off! I am so excited to see how this ministry will be able to reach students, but also their families. Please be praying for this as it kicks off on Saturday night.
We are also hitting a topic I have never preached on: Distractions and Deceptions. Here are some things we will be covering:
- When I try to follow Jesus and do what He calls me to, will it get easier or harder?
- Why does it seem the most sinful people have the easiest lives?
- What do you I do when what I want to do or what I feel like God is calling me to do don’t fall into place?
- How do I handle when friends and family tell me I am making a bad decision or criticize me?
All of us experience distractions everyday from either exploring Christianity, taking the next step in our journey with God, our marriage, job, or lives. What do we do with them? They are inevitable, so how do we handle them?
These are just a few of the things we will be trying to uncover on Saturday night as we look at Nehemiah 6:1 – 14.
So, do whatever you have to do to get to Revolution this Saturday night (and don’t forget to bring a friend with you)!
Remember, we meet at 5pm at 410 S. Pantano Rd.
See you then.
I am in a lead pastor coaching network with Nelson Searcy. One of the things he talks about is the area of spiritual readiness. Many churches and pastors (and Revolution/I) operate with a “wait and see” approach.
Here is what I mean:
- Ask a church how they follow up with new believers and they will say they will know when they have one.
- Ask when the next baptism is scheduled and they will say, “When we have someone to baptize.”
The point is, God works in people’s lives and in churches who are ready for Him to work. We need to be spiritually ready.
We started taking a proactive approach in the recent months. We put a baby/child dedication on the calendar without having anyone ask for it and had 3 families.
Bottom line. God moves in churches that are ready and expect Him to move. That is what being spiritually ready is all about. Asking God to move and then being ready for Him to move.