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Monday, June 22, 2009

Let the Journey Begin

Well, Saturday night I got the email with my team assignment. It sounds like, from what little I know already, that I am getting ready to get my butt kicked and will be challenged to new levels I didn't even think possible.

My team mates are:

Blaine Hogan - Chicago, IL
Experience Engineer
Willow Creek Community Church

Jan Touchberry - McKinney/TX
Programming Director
McKinney Fellowship

Jason Widney - Chicago, Il
Media Arts Director
Park Community Church

Kellen Coldiron - Birmingham, AL
Creative Arts Director
Church of the Highlands

Mark Miller - Gilbert, AZ
Media Director
Central Christian Church

I am excited to start this adventure of learning and growing with this amazing group of creatives to fuel and inspired me. Our first "meeting" via video will be next week. Stay tuned for the next update. On my mark, get set, go!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

For H!

1. the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.
2. Education. a policy of holding schools and teachers accountable for students' academic progress by linking such progress with funding for salaries, maintenance, etc.

I have had many "accountability partners" in my time, but none so faithful as my friend H. Some of you may be thinking, uugghh! Why would I want to be accountable to anyone for what I do or should be doing? I on the other hand actually appreciate this little group of 2 I have found myself in.

H has a special trait about her, a gift actually, that makes her the perfect accountability partner. She is kind and gentle and humorous, and yet gets the job done when it needs to be to hold me to the things I have said I would do. I think this is rare to find. In this day and age (I just sounded like my mother!), I feel like most of us, myself included, can get so self absorbed that we don't take time to think of those that are important in our lives, let alone check in to see if they are doing well on their goals and dreams. I know that this is an area I need improvement in for sure!

There are plenty of references in the Bible that warn us of trying to "do" the Christian life on our own. If left to ourselves, we will surly fail. But the whole iron sharpening iron thing is in there for a reason. (Prov. 27:17) I think it is an example biblical accountability. Making sure that our word is really our word. Something hard to find in most.

I would love to be known as someone that people can take at my word. And so, H is there to hold me to the things that I say and do. Kind of like my holy spirit with skin on.

Thank you H. I appreciate you more than you know!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Embarking on a New Adventure

The quest for knowledge and making ourselves better is one that is ingrained in most of us at some level. I find myself, probably because of my personality, hungry for new things to conquer and learn. If I learn something new every day, I consider it a good day. So, once again I saw an opportunity to grow and jumped in with both feet. I am getting ready to send the next 4 months learning and being pushed to a new level in a group of other "creatives" from all over the country (potentially the world). How excited am I? Dumb question!

In light of this, I have challenged myself with what I am going to do with all this new found knowledge. Besides the obvious answer of becoming better at what God has given me to do for His kingdom, I feel really led to impart what I am learning to others who would choose to absorb what I can give back.

This will primarily take the form of this blog. This in and of itself will be a challenge as evidenced by the infrequent posts in the past, but I am determined to conquer this lack of posting with all the motivation I will have as I go through this process. Who knows, maybe this will become a habit.

Next week I will be getting the syllabus for the course and my assignments and we begin full steam ahead in July. Stay tuned for updates and spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Hopefully God will use this to grow many for His kingdom purposes.