What I’m Excited About for 2010

One of the things I love to do is dream about the future. I think one of the reasons many people don’t accomplish their dreams or do something great is because they don’t have dreams. We become our expectations and dreams. Without goals and dreams, we have nothing to shoot for, nothing that we are going after.

Here are some of the things I am excited about and/or hoping to accomplish in 2010. Some are things I started this year and will continue, others are brand new:

  • Watching our kids grow up even more.
  • Ava starts kindergarten in July, crazy we will have a 5 year old.
  • Getting away just Katie and I. The longer we’re married, the more important this becomes.
  • Preaching through Nehemiah (in the spring) and Philippians (in the fall) this year at Revolution. Still working out our other series, but those are the ones that we’re for sure planning on.
  • Running a half marathon in March.
  • Reading 52 books this year.
  • Rev Up starting this year.
  • Seeing God grow Revolution from 100 – 300 this year.
  • Seeing our staff team grow.
  • Give even more away at Revolution so that we can develop more leaders.
  • Date night every week with Katie.
  • Monthly daddy dates with each of our kids.
  • Having only our house and student loans as debt in December, 2010.
  • Reading through the Bible in a year. I started this last year and it was great. I use the message version that is already broken up by days.
  • Preach 44 weekends this year. To stay fresh and not burn out, this is something older pastors have told me to plan for.
  • Finish the lead pastor coaching network.
  • Get into photography. Really excited about this. When I was in high school, I took some photography classes and loved them. Katie got me a camera for Christmas and someone gave me some really nice lenses for it. Really, really excited to get back into this. Watch for more pictures on the blog.

Those are just some of the things I am excited about accomlishing in 2010.

What are your goals?

This Weekend: Come & See

Saturday we start a brand new series No Perfect People Allowed that I am so excited about!

This fall we are going through the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5 – 7 and we are breaking it up into 4 smaller series and this is the first one.

This series will be all about what we are for as Revolution Church, the vision of our church, our goals, where we are going and how we are planning to get there.

This is going to be a great way to kick off the fall.

In case you’re curious about what comes after this series, check out www.iwantanewmarriage.org.

Building a Team

Last week at our LEAD team meeting, in addition to talking about goals for our church and teams, we had a great conversation about teams.

One of the things that every church struggles with is having enough volunteers, especially in the area of kids and student ministries. One of the values at Revolution is the value of doing everything with excellence. Paul aptly pointed out that “if you succeed in this goal, you actually create the environment where people think you don’t need any help, that all the bases are covered.”

What often happens in churches though is many leaders either don’t know how to build a team or do a poor job of building their team. Often, the requirement for being on a team in a church is to be alive.

In his book Courageous Leadership, Bill Hybels points out that when building a team we need to keep the 3 C’s in mind:  Character, Competence, & Chemistry. Often, we will overlook one of these in hopes that they will just develop over time. This sells us short and will often lead to a hard conversation that ends with, “It’s just not working out.”

When building a team, we must think more strategically than we often do. We must start with who we are as leaders, what is our personality, what gifts and talents do we have and not have, what are we lacking on our team? What things are we not doing that we need to let go of (whether because of time or talent)? As churches, to be effective, we must look for more than a warm body.

Top Posts of July ’09

In case you missed them, here are the top posts for July 2009.

  1. Marriage, Cheating, Football & Steve McNair
  2. Links of the Week (7/24)
  3. The Role of Men in the Family
  4. Pictures from Revolution’s Baptism
  5. Recent Family Pic
  6. Goals & the Future of Revolution Church
  7. Saturday Night Mind Dump… (Vacation Edition)
  8. Jack Welch’s 6 Rules of Leadership
  9. Missional vs. Missional
  10. Summer Break

Goals & the Future of Revolution Church

Last night we had our LEAD team meeting. This is one of the most important things that happens at Revolution every month. This is where all of the elders and paid and unpaid staff come together to pray, share stories, challenge each other, dream, and develop as leaders to go back to our teams and develop them and take the vision and culture of Revolution so it spreads through the whole church.

Several months ago, I really felt challenged by God for us to specifically ask him for things. Not to just pray that God would move in our church or send people to us or pray that his will would be accomplished. Although those are great and biblical things. Instead, to specifically seek his face and his heart for what he wants to do in our church and then pray to see that come to fruition and act on that. It has been an exciting and scary time.

So as a team, we spent time together and individually asking God, “What do you want to see happen at Revolution?”

Here are some of the things we are praying and acting on to see happen:

  • On September 26, when we start our I Want a New Marriage series we would have 115 adults. Currently, we average 58.
  • At the beginning of October, we would have 72 adults serving at least once a month in our church. Currently, we have 36 serving at least once a month.
  • At the beginning of October, we would have 74 adults filling 8 small groups. Currently, we have 4 small groups with 37 adults in them.
  • At the beginning of October, we would be hitting our weekly needed budget financially every week.

These are huge goals, huge dreams, huge prayers.

The reason I think this is important is, all of those numbers represent people like you and me. People who don’t know God, people who don’t know joy, people who don’t know why they exist, people who have yet to experience the full life that God dreams for us to experience.

That is why dreams and numbers matter. Not to fill up a room, but to fill up the kingdom.

Here is what I am asking you, whether you attend Revolution or not. Pray with us. Ask God to fulfill what we believe he has place on our heart and in our heads. That we would see God move and create a force in Tucson and use us.

Revolution, be praying, building relationships with people who don’t know God and when God places it on your heart make the big ask: “Do you want to come to church with me on Saturday and then go out to eat afterward?” I always look at it this way, what would my life be like if people didn’t love me enough to get me to church when I didn’t know God.