Weekend Preview | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 3 – We Have to Go

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Have you ever felt like you weren’t ready to go?  You know, like with both big things and small things.

I’m not ready to start my new business.

I’m not ready to try again.

I’m not ready to join a life group.

I’m not ready to love again.

Sometimes, these feelings are valid and supported by truth.  However, most times, we tend to stop ourselves because of bad perceptions and lies.

I’m not ready to start my new business, because I need to have every step planned . . . Lie.

I’m not ready to try again, because I need more time to feel sorry for myself . . . Lie.

I’m not ready to join a life group, because I don’t have my stuff together . . . Lie.

I’m not ready to love again, because I’m going to ruin it again . . . Lie.

Again, I’m not talking about people who haven’t had the time to grieve or process properly.  I’m talking about the Ready, Set, Go people.

The people who feel like they must have a detail plan that addresses everything to do with the “Go” and needs everything else in their life to be completely perfect before they can “Go.”

This isn’t just a bad way to live, its not the way God has called us to live.  Just look at this snapshot from the story of Joshua leading the Israelites to the Promised Land:

Give this command to the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When you reach the banks of the Jordan River, take a few steps into the river and stop there.’”

Joshua 3:8 NLT 

God didn’t lay out the entire plan for them.  He wanted them to take a few steps first before He revealed what came next.  Faith was absolutely necessary for the Israelites to step into what God had for them.

The same goes for us.

I’m a planner, and I love to have everything mapped out, but sometimes, if God is calling me to do something, maybe I need to just start GOING in the anticipation that God will show me the HOW along the way.

This weekend, we’re taking some time to talk about the danger of the “Ready, Set, Go” mentality, and see how God really calls us to a “GO, Get Set, Ready” mentality.  Come ready to be challenged and encouraged to step out in faith like never before, as we conclude our series, We Can’t Stay Here.

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5 Questions with Lee McDerment

One thing I want to do here is introduce you to some Worship Leaders who you may have heard of and others you haven’t.  The way I want to do that is through a series called 5 Questions.

The premise is simple: I want to ask these leaders the same 5 questions to get different perspectives, to observe common themes, and to discover some concrete takeaways for us to apply today in our own lives.  Each one of these leaders have their own point-of-view and experiences, so I believe that we’re going to learn a lot from these guys.

I know you’re going to enjoy this series, so take a few minutes and dig in to our very first 5 Questions post . . .

5 Questions - Lee McDerment

When I was brainstorming some names of guys who I thought would be great to include as a part of our 5 Questions series, Lee was one of the first guys that came to mind.

Something that always catches my eye with Worship Leaders is when guys get that it isn’t only about having a great band or solid transitions, but that our responsibility is to be much more than that.  To love God, love people, and to learn how to lead off the stage way before we learn how to lead on the stage.

Lee is one of the guys that gets it.

I’ve always appreciated how he leads his team, loves his people, and puts his wife first.  I wish I would have read this 10 years ago, and I’m positive you’ll feel the same way after.

So, here’s Lee’s 5 Questions.

Song Selection | Strategic or Best-Fit?

Song Selection - Strategic or Best Fit

The Tension

If you’ve ever been responsible for choosing songs for a gathering of believers, you’ve encountered this tension.  If you don’t think you have, you definitely have but you just haven’t noticed yet.

Don’t worry, I’ve been there.  We all have.  However, as we gain experience in selecting songs, we have a decision to make.

We have to choose between picking the perfect, most applicable set to accompany a current series or sermon being given or picking from a pool of previously selected songs, prescribed for the theological health of the church body.  Or do we . . . well, we’ll get to that in a moment.

Weekend Preview | We Can’t Stay Here – Part 2: We Have to Change

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Last week, we talked about how we can’t stay here, why, and where we’re going.

This week, we’re talking about how in order for us to move forward, we have to change.

Change is a necessity in life.  In order to grow, you must change.  Yes, change can be uncomfortable, awkward, and even painful, but without it, you go nowhere.

As a church, we need to be constantly open to change.  We need to be flexible in order to humbly point everyone to absolute hope.

This isn’t just true in the church world, but in our every day lives.  Think about how many things you used even 10 years ago that are now obsolete because they didn’t change with the times.

Think about the other side of the coin.  Companies who have adapted and changed in order to grow have thrived: IBM, Apple, and GE have all changed completely in order to move forward into what was next for their organizations.

Simply put:

You cannot have progress without change, and you cannot have change without challenging the process.

Change doesn’t mean changing the core of who you are.  Journey Church will still be humbly pointing everyone to absolute hope.  We will still have the same core, the same beliefs, the same values.

However, for us to reach people that no one is reaching, we have to be willing to do things that no one is doing.

That sentence either scares you or invigorates you. 

If it excites you, I challenge you to consider how you can be a part of leading the way with Journey Church.  How can you be a part of finding new ways to humbly point everyone to absolute hope?

If you’re a little nervous about this kind of change, I challenge you to dig into that: Why do you think it hits your fear nerve?  Understand why the idea scares you, then you will be better prepared to grow past your fear.

We are in a place as a church where we need to be ready for what’s next.  We need to be open to what God might be doing in our church & our community in LKN.

Come ready to hear about this kind of change and growth this weekend, and to be challenged to think beyond your comfort zone.  For us to see 3 new campuses, 3,000 Stories of Life Change, and to give $300,000 back to the LKN community, we have to change.

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Two Simple Steps to Create Better Charts Today

Two Simple Steps to Create Better Charts Today

“Why can’t I make my charts look how I want them to?”

This is a question I get all the time from my buddies who write music charts for their music teams.  There are many ways to do it, but the results vary greatly.

Word processors allow us to format and structure charts, but are tedious and annoying to deal with (autoformatting anyone?).  Plus, once you have finished your chart, you have a lot of work to do if you want to simply change the key.

What if I told you there was a better way?

What if I told you that you could write one chart, in one key, and that it would not only be formatted perfectly, but you’d have it in every key?  Every time?

You can, and it only takes two simple steps.  Keep reading.