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“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Telling story . . one thing for sure . . thousands will flock to a quality venue to experience a compelling story. 3,400,000 fans passed through the gates of AT&T Park in San Francisco in 2012 to watch the world champion Giants play baseball. California’s Yosemite National Park saw 4,000,000 visitors in the same year. More than 130,000 guests attended at this year’s 43rd Comic-Con International convention in San Diego . . a four-day venture into the business and entertainment behind pop culture’s obsession with fantasy story . . originally as found in comic books . . but now in all available forms of media.
While you may be familiar with these renowned venues and entertainment experiences, you likely have not met nor read much if anything about Rick Mears, Don Neubacher or David Glanzer . . but if you, like myself, are active and serving in a fast-growing multi-site church, or at least in a church that is busy attempting to be in a “growth” mode . . you likely have much in common. These men are respectively responsible for getting the “masses” to come and take a sustained interest in the story that is unfolding at AT & T, Yosemite and the San Diego Convention Center. Each of them are tightly linked to an organization that exerts it’s full focus and energy on creating a compelling attraction and experience.
While the church of the 21st century is breaking through many traditional barriers that have kept the “good news” from being reachable and dynamic to the “thousands” . . and while it is breaking never-before-seen ground in terms of volunteer assimilation, at times, it teeters on the dangerous cliff of obsessive preoccupation with it’s own organizational story at the expense of equipping and unleashing it most loyal and faithful leaders (at all levels) to know how to take a more than casual discipling interest in the story that is playing out in the very lives of . . it’s own members. Who has energy or bandwidth for strategic and sustainable spiritual reproduction when we run at the speed of light to hold our careers and families together and use what precious spare time we have left to man “the church machine”?
However, what happens when you have a direct encounter with an un-perverted, non-watered-down version of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ in word AND lifestyle . . well that has the power to change everything . . including the “serve” you put into practice in and around your own church.
This is David “JB Miller inviting you to check out the Cafe Life Letter, “Why I Am The World’s Worst Church Usher”, where you will be introduced to a man named “Jimmy”, whose example dynamically underscores what happens when you connect “relation” to “ship” in the name of Jesus. As you read “Why I Am The World’s Worst Church Usher”, may God lead you to a place of clearer commitment in your local church and community where you can unpack and embrace . .
. . the “stories” behind “the story”.