Monday Mind Dump (7/31/17)

Luke Simmons / July 31, 2017

  • I think my last mind dump was at the beginning of summer, so it makes sense to write one now as summer winds down (at least based on school resuming).
  • My kids don’t start until Thursday this week, but it seems like most kids are back.
  • At least if church attendance is any indication–the last few weeks have been packed.
  • Probably about time to make another push for folks to join us at the 5pm service.
  • It’s not ideal for most people, but God keeps bringing new people in the morning.
  • Great problem to have all in all.
  • Had fun preaching yesterday.
  • After preaching last week at Restoration Church in Prescott (which was really fun), it was nice to be back “at home.”
  • Restoration is a church plant we support, and I serve on the management team (until local elders are established).
  • Fun to see an idea like that come to fruition with what seems like a healthy, growing church.
  • But, yeah, it was good to be back at Gateway.
  • Trying to get ready for a new leadership development environment that begins this fall called “The Greenhouse.”
  • It’s something I’m leading for aspiring and existing leaders to grow in their leadership in any realm.
  • I think it should be valuable for folks who lead in the church or in other areas of life.
  • It’s a five month deal and each month will cover one of the following areas of leadership:
    • Gospel-Centered Leadership — leading from a gospel perspective
    • Self Leadership — building a life of character
    • Interpersonal Leadership — developing relationships of trust
    • Team Leadership — distributing power to make everyone better
    • Organizational Leadership — creating culture for mission
  • If it goes well, we’ll do another round of it next semester — all with fresh content.
  • That way people can continue in it if they find it valuable.
  • I like starting new stuff, so this should be fun.
  • One of the things I’m definitely going to show at some point in the process is this video by Brené Brown on empathy.
  • It is one of the major areas I’ve been learning about and working to grow in.
  • Also trying to get some things in order as I prepare for my last year of my Masters Degree program through the Missional Training Center.
  • It’s been a great program, but I’ll be happy when it’s over (as will my family).
  • I feel like it’s helped me not just learn some deeper theological truths, but actually grow as a person and pastor.
  • Pastoring is a huge privilege.
  • To be invited into some of people’s best and worst moments is something I always need God’s strength for.
  • A few of those have been recently, as a number of families in our church are feeling the crushing pain of unexpected deaths.
  • It’s truly heartbreaking.
  • I’m not always sure what to say or what to do, but I do know that these kinds of losses need to be grieved and mourned.
  • As I recently heard from Dr. John Townsend, “If you don’t grieve your loss, you’re saying it didn’t matter.”
  • I’m more and more convinced that there are a lot of losses we’re all experiencing without grieving.
  • Some–like death–are obvious.
  • But the other losses we don’t grieve add up, and it’s no wonder we all need so much healing in our lives.
  • I’m writing as one who is trying to figure out how to do it well and to give space for others to as well.
  • Well, that’s probably about it for today.
  • I’ll close with a few random things:
    • One of my favorite comedians, Nate Bargatze, was just on the Tonight Show again (he’s actually been on with Fallon more than any other stand-up comedian)
    • I love following “Classic Dad Moves” on Twitter. This was one of their best things.
    • Looks like “The Mooch” is out of the White House communications office. That didn’t take long. I don’t envision the West Wing being listed in anyone’s “Best Places to Work” list anytime soon.
    • The Dodgers are on a nice roll (my friend Josh is one of their coaches and my friend Dale is one of their biggest fans). Pretty cool that they had a rookie get a walk-off double in his first MLB at-bat.
    • The Cubs gave Steve Bartman a World Series ring. Kind of a neat story.
    • Do yourself a favor and read ​Joni Eareckson Tada’s “Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of My Diving Accident”
  • Alright, that’s all for today.
  • Have a great week.