On one of our recent plane flights, we sat two rows in back from some friends who own a boutique shop in Ward Warehouse. Here it was the middle of summer, we had just endured temperatures of 113 degrees, and they were all excited about the purchases for their store for the Christmas season. To be honest, I couldn’t get very excited. And yet I know the staff of the church will be sitting down within the next week or so to work out our own holiday schedules. What do they say?” “If you’re not planning for the future, then you’re planning to fail.” Yes, planning for tomorrow is a necessity for today.
Therefore, one of the first things on my agenda as I am back from a few weeks of vacation is to pull together our envisioning team and start the process of looking forward, not just to six months, but to several years of thinking through what the goals and visions that we sense God is calling us to are. This will be a whole church endeavor. Thanks for those individuals and committees who have submitted their under-standing of where we are and what some of the things we need to focus on are. Your input is valuable. Please feel free to pass along any concerns or praise to this team at any point along the way.
I love the concept of team. My coach always reminds us that there is no “I” in team. It’s something we do together. As we envision the future, it will need to be something we do together.
But working as a team is something we are already doing. This past weekend was our annual church picnic on our grounds. For ten years now, Ryan Urabe has led our team that does all the behind the scenes prep, the execution of a plan on that day, all the way down to the last tent being taken down and the last chair being put away.
It truly is a team effort. It certainly takes great leadership and execution of a plan into which Ryan has grown. But it does my heart good to see doctors, lawyers, CEOs, teachers, and just average people working together to make something good come about.
But isn’t that how it goes with all the things that happen around here at Community Church of Honolulu? It simply wouldn’t happen if we didn’t do it together. Next month we will work as a team to showcase all of our different committees and ministries through our yearly Stewardship Fair. It is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to be reminded of how we as a church are able to accomplish what we do on a yearly basis. For some, it’s an Aha! experience as they discover the many different things that we do together as a TEAM. We may be an ordinary community church, but what happens here affects lives all over the world for time and eternity, and we’re raising up a new generation of followers of Christ who will do the same.
Go, TEAM, GO!
Your humble servant,