Saturday, October 23, 2010

I've Been Searching the Streets For Ya...

Wow. Six whole weeks later.
If I were you, I would have moved me to my "Hardly Ever Blog" folder in Google Reader.

If you work in youth ministry, or around youth ministry, or know someone in youth ministry, you know that Fall is always a whirlwind. As summer winds-down and school ramps-up, you'll hear the term "launch" over and over and over and over again in the halls of a church office.

Around September 7th, normalcy returns to the schedules of families in the church just as quickly as it leaves those of the employees of the church.

My life, for the last 8 weeks, has been overtaken by my job.

We went through a massive restructure, relaunch, revitalization this summer/fall...which meant long hours, lots of conversations (tons of conversations), but not much rest.

Our ministry is awesome right now. Our new Sunday Night service (Sunday nights only--no more Saturday night or Sunday morning. No service time to coincide with "big church" service times) is thriving. We have a majority of our current students in small groups (which now run entirely on-campus, in the second hour of our Sunday Night Experience.) Tons of students plugged-in to a small group community, who have the opportunity to be heard and known and cared for. I am really, really excited about all that God will do in the lives of these students over the next year.

All of these great pieces were written, presented, launched, trained, ordered, organized, programmed and checked-off during the last two months...and the rest of my life was put on hold. I'm proud of all that has happened in the ministry, but I'm not entirely proud of my lack of boundaries during the process...

We should be slowing down a bit the very least, I will be slowing down a bit now.
Which should mean a return to writing here.
News that, I know, will be pleasing to my Papa.


Julie Hibbard said...

Though we all missed your writing, sounds as if your time was very well spent!
So good to read you again!

Best title ever, by the way...!

PETE Di LALLO said...

Your Papa IS've been missed, and you know what? Looking at your 6 week same old blog every day was making be tired...
your Papa cam hardly wait for your next post...
and, p.s. isn't it almost your birthday?
Have a very happy one!!!