Archive for May, 2012

Done and Done

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Arrangements, Compositions, Ministry, Work

I finally rounded out my $25+ Amazon.com order so I could take advantage of free Super Saver shipping. What I needed was a MIDI to USB cable, and I found one that was well reviewed for $6. I made sure to order that one, given that multiple retailers were listed for the same basic item, delivering vastly different quality. Anyway, that’s what I needed (to start recording from my keyboard into Logic Pro for all my music responsibilities/dreams)… What I wanted was free shipping, so I added a couple books from my wish list. Comin’ my way are The 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell and When God Interrupts. Really looking forward to both. Especially The 5 Levels of Leadership because I just started Great by Choice by Jim Collins, having been absolutely transformed by Good to Great. (My coach, Jason Hatley of The Journey Church, affirmed my recent purchase, describing how impact full it has been in his ministry and how much I’d enjoy it.) The Level 5 Leader criteria is a large part of Collins’ findings, and something I remember from reading Tribal Leadership a few years ago. And because I find myself in a place very much like the Great By Choice companies, I’m dying to dig into this season of study for the sake of my team, my church, my pastor, myself, and most importantly, my God – Who made me intentionally to reach and disciple as many people as possible for Him.

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Now, Mr. Spock

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Arrangements, Compositions

Just a brief update… Today, my hopes were realized when Best Buy offered iTunes gift cards at 20% off! So I bought $200 worth of Apple credit with $160 real dollars. Then, I proceeded directly to the App Store and purchased my very own Logic Pro app. I installed it, and recorded sermon series intros and outros for Transformed Speech and Fearless Faith. It worked like a dream. Everything is so user-friendly. So now, the drums Gary recorded for me will go into Logic, not GarageBand. I feel so much more robust! Oh, and tonight I downloaded ALL the extra 18GB of extra content which is now all installed too! Also, it has a 64-bit mode I can switch on if I need to utilize my extra RAM (beyond the once max 4GB). Since MacBook Pros can currently support 8, naturally, I have twice as much to work with. We’ll see if I ever need it.

This is so awesome. And I have the wonderful praise team from Ridgecrest to thank for it. Their incredible gift, of Gazelle-intense cash, made this purchase entirely possible. So I’mo send a copy of the CD to each of them as a thank you when it is done. Shhh. Don’t tell. (Can you tell I’m thrilled right now?!)

Let There Be Drums

Posted: May 21, 2012 in Compositions

Gary and I got together a few days ago, set up all the drums and mics, etc. and laid down 7 tracks that I’ll be using as the backbone for the whole record.  That live sound gives something that I’ve been unable to capture alone… life.  And I’m incredibly grateful to Gary for this gift.  Now, I have to find the right MIDI/USB connector so I can get a better sound than what I have live on my Casio Privia into the DAW.  (If you know a good solution, comment here and let me know.)  I’m also selling my MBOX 2 Pro Factory and MBOX 2 Mini so I can roll that combined dough into an Apogee Duet 2 and Logic Pro.  Getting very excited.

Week 1 @/In/Of The Refuge

Posted: May 21, 2012 in Ministry

What an incredible first week.  Although, this would have been incredible for ANY week.  Led worship on Wednesday and Sunday with my new, fantastic friends on the Worship Arts Team, participated in a beautiful baptism service where 7 people demonstrated their faith in Jesus, and got to make a bunch of cool stuff for the church, including a discipleship Motion for OSL, Keynote announcement for Kyria, and cut together the baptism recap video.

There is so much encouragement at The Refuge.  The Lead Pastor discovers and casts the vision God has for the church, then he releases us to serve in our areas with clear expectations and authority to accomplish those “God ideas.”  (Because we aren’t after “good ideas,” but “God ideas.”)  Our drummer keeps sending notes of affirmation, along with the bass players and others.  Others serving with me on the platform will just pull me aside and bless me.  What an environment.  What a refuge!

Although it was a great first experience, leading the church in praise, I know that God has set for me a new path of discovery into more free worship, both as a leader and an active participant.  I’m excited and humbled by it all, simultaneously.  Thankfully, I have people around me who will model, recommend, and promote the forthcoming growth.

Oh, and we finally get to re-enter a focused, intentional discipleship program, Operation: Solid Lives.  Not just Jen and me, but my aunt, uncle and grandmother!  We are stoked!  (All this, AND we got home while it was still light out – even after installing the new 60″ flat screen in the sanctuary, saving 5 hours – just on Sunday!)

All I can make of this is, God knows the thoughts He thinks toward us – and those thoughts and ways of His led us here for all these reasons and more.  We can’t wait to uncover what’s next every step of the way.

God Will Do That

Posted: May 6, 2012 in Ministry

I love that I don’t have to defend myself against injustice or mistreatment. God has already made it plain and obvious. I’m being blessed on my way from the congregation and Pastoral staff in fine form. It is enough for them to hear that God has made a way for us to minister at high levels of leadership again. Everyone gets it, and discreetly shares their candid views about how things could have been different.

I’m glad to have been here. I know multigenerational ministry was possible, and continues to be possible. Now it is time for those who remain to pick up the standard and push for the church they want and will be proud of.

All that is left is for us to enjoy a farewell party and go in peace to a fellowship that is anxiously awaiting our arrival and ministry. We are so blessed.

Erasing Myself

Posted: May 4, 2012 in Ministry

I’m the tech nerd at church. So whenever things change, it falls to me to update things. I’ve effectively deleted myself from the church, piece by piece. From leaving all the files, logins, and even custom made tutorials for how to do aspects of my job, along with clearing my calendars/mailboxes/etc. I am effectively no more.

There is some creepiness to that, but the liberation far outweighs any weirdness. I am happy to put things back to factory spec and allow the church to chart a new course without me – because I know God has set my feet on a new, healthy, and purposeful track. I can’t wait to get started.

This Sunday is my last day at the current place, and I’m looking forward to a worship party in both morning services and a farewell celebration at night. Then it’s off to success again at my new (and hopefully long-term) assignment.