I write this after completing two back-to-back weekend consultations. While the hours are long and the responsibility great, the blessings are bountiful. I continue to be amazed at the faithful, courageous ministry leaders we run across at local churches. While many pastors certainly fall into this category, it is the laity that set me back on my heels. Our purpose during consultation weekends is to identify key areas of concern to help the church be healthier and more vital. Yet what amazes me is to see the Holy Spirit transforming hearts before our very eyes. That is, laity have many times not been exposed to what an externally focused church looks like and how to be a missional church. It is a beautiful thing to watch the transformation of people's hearts and minds during the consultation weekends.
Bottom Line: God continues to blow my mind. I set out on these consultation weekends to help transform a church, but many times the experience leads to transforming the participants. And that, my friends, leads to the continuous growth and transformation of my own heart and faith to watch God at work. What a splendid blessing!