Name Change?

Let’s change the name of the church! I ask, why?

The following statement is one I left on a post in an online forum. The original poster asked how to get people on board with a name change. Further how do go about getting them tied into the vision and mission of the name change.  Below was my reponse.

A name change without a DNA change will not help.

  • For example, if changing the name is “the secret sauce” for growth, you’ll still be stuck.
  • If the DNA…(values, vision, mission) necessitates a change of name, go for it.
  • Though I have never personally led a church through a name change, I was on staff at a church who changed their name. After the pastor left (that initiated the name change) the church name eventually went back to the original name under the new pastor. Why did that happen?
  • The answer I believe is due to the reason why the name was changed to being with. The name change wasn’t organic. The values, vision, and mission of the church didn’t necessitate the change. The DNA of the church didn’t change. Same church….different name.

Write the vision, make it plain.

  • Allow people to get tied to the vision first. Once that happens begin tying a new identity (name) with the new DNA (values, vision, and mission).
  • It could be a tag line at first. For example. Say the tag line from your values, mission, and vision was the following. A place for people looking for life and significance.
  • As people live out, or reproduce the values, vision, and mission, it may  be, that you find out the vision and mission necessitates for you to identify as Infuse Church.
  • The name changed because the identity changed.

Allow the name change to be from the values, vision, and mission. Let it be organic.
Just to be honest, my advice may not be worth the time it took to write it out. I admit, I’m limited in my experience with the question, but, maybe it’s helpful.

Share this: Some helpful tips if your thinking of changing the name of the church.

  1. A name change without a DNA change will not help.
  2. Write the vision, make it plain.
  3. Allow the name change to be from the values, vision, and mission. Let it be organic.

Read more here… https://georgetallmageonline.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/name-change/

Gaze or Go?

And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. (Acts 1:10-11 ESV)

As devoted followers of Christ, our goal isn’t to simply gaze. We are to put dirt between our toes and go.

Mentoring Group Recap

I was invited to attend the Pastors and Church Leaders Mentoring group hosted by Pastor David Kemp and the Fort Mill Church of God. In short, it was a great day. I’m sincerely grateful for the opportunity to connect with fellow pastors and church leaders. They are truly and inspiration. We were blessed to hear on the topic of race relations as well as compassion fatigue. Frank from Fort Mill had great insight and delivered a convicting message on race relations. Dr. Bill Leonard, Director of Ministerial Care with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN), offered stirring statistics as well as practical insight. We also were blessed to hear from our State Administrative Bishop, Thomas Gillum, who offered some concluding remarks and led us in communion. It was definitely a soul stirring day.

Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Today’s picture of the day features my 4 day old, Connor. My Sunday afternoon consisted of his routine; Eat, Sleep, Repeat.

  

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, the future worth living for. (Author Unknown)

Celebrating Our 8 Year Old

Today is a special day. Peyton turns 8. The past 8 years have flown by. The following are a few things that describes Peyton. First he is thorough. He takes pride in his work and wants it done correctly. He pays attention to detail and likes routine. He’s systemic. He has a soft spirit that displays compassion. He’s loving. Who does he love more? Mommy and Daddy!

Here’s a few pics.

The first picture is his bike. He wanted a trick bike, one with the pegs. He was surprised when he saw it. The next picture is the cake Chanelle baked for him. He wanted a Carolina Jersey.

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If you’re family, friends, or a part of Peyton’s life in any capacity; what are a few things that you could say that would describe Him?

We All Experience Pain

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There’s something to be said for pain. Some would say, “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” I’m not so sold on that. Don’t get me wrong I understand the sentiment.

In a few days I’m hoping to begin the process if getting relief from years worth of teeth issues. The past week and a half have been painful to say the least. If you’ve ever had pain due to teeth problems you know the excruciating pain of not being able to get comfortable due to the throbbing and sharp knife like stabs that seem to puncture deep into your gum line. What do my teeth issues have with this post? It’s simple really. No matter the pain that we endure whether physical, mental, relational, insert your pain here ___________, one thing is certain.

Pain keeps us from rest. Rest keeps us refreshed. Exhaustion keeps us from accomplishing our purpose.

We don’t rest from a days work/activities, we rest in preparation for the next day.

Two days of my thanksgiving break last week was spent in and out of the bed away from family trying to get comfortable. The pain was so unbearable it made me edgy. I thought if I could just go to sleep I could get some relief. It didn’t work. Since last week my sleep is often interrupted by being up for a few hours each night trying to find relief. The pain is too intense to even sleep. Sleep is Gods design for us to rest. If my pain is keeping me from sleep than my pain is keeping me from rest. We don’t rest from a days work/activities, we rest in preparation for the next day. If our pain is keeping us awake tonight then our pain is standing in the way of our refreshing for tomorrow.

It’s hard to function in a weary state. Rest is important because it offers refreshing.

My days the past few weeks have not been refreshed because I have not gotten rest. Honestly if you followed me step for step you would probably classify me as lazy. In truth the pain is making it difficult to perform even the simple tasks. It’s hard to function in a weary state. Rest is important because it offers refreshing. Refreshing only comes from rest. God designed rest, daily, weekly, and yearly, in order for refreshing.

We must come to a point where the pain gets so unbearable that we stop making excuses, stop trying to relieve the pain ourself, and we get the issue fixed.

If we aren’t accomplishing our designed purpose we aren’t living on purpose. We are just existing taking up space. That’s what I feel like I have been doing, simply taking up space the past few weeks. Maybe you feel the same. Maybe the pain of whatever you’re facing is has left you drained and dry. You aren’t refreshed. Maybe your just existing and not living on purpose. What’s the anecdote? We must come to a point where the pain gets so unbearable that we stop making excuses, stop trying to relieve the pain ourself, and we get the issue fixed. The truth is that we become comfortable in our pain and make excuses for permanent relief. However a point comes when we’ve masked the pain for so long that we go to extreme measures for relief. Instead of getting the right kind of help we take matters into our own hands and cause more damage.

Many times we settle on extreme measures of trying to fix our pain ourself instead of seeking out those who can help us and bring healing.

My pain has been so extreme I have literally looked up info and thought I can take my tooth out myself. I could save some money and the pain of the extraction would be no where near the constant pain I’m currently in. I’ve stopped that silly notion with the risks of what could happen and have settled on going to someone who is experienced and can provide permanent relief. How many times have we settled for extreme measures of trying to fix our pain ourself instead of seeking out those who can help us and bring healing? Here’s my point…

Pain will keep us from rest.

Rest will keep us refreshed.

Exhaustion will keep us from accomplishing our purpose.

Don’t simply settle to live with the pain. Doing so will affect not only you but also those around you.

Public Virtue is a Reflection of Private Virtue

The following is a snippet from sermon that I found very insightful. By permission, I shared the sermon at the Church I Pastor. This was one of the statements that stood out the most.

Our [American] government was established on Christian principles and will only be successful if we are a virtuous people. The way we’re set up is that our leaders are a reflection of our people. If we have immoral, godless leaders, it’s because we have an immoral and ungodly society. We can’t have public virtue in the nation if we don’t have private virtue in the home.

• Virtuous homes make for virtuous families.
• Virtuous families make for virtuous churches.
• Virtuous churches make for virtuous cities.
• Virtuous cities make for virtuous states.
• Virtuous states make for virtuous nations.

Before we blame the White House [State House, County Council, City Hall] for not being virtuous, we must first look at our [own] house

Mike Deguzman
Sermon, Where’s God, There’s God, 2014
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Psalm 33:12
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”

Deut. 6:4-9
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”