Perry Nobel, founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church, wrote this interesting post over at Church leaders (read it here). While I read it I couldn't help but squirm a bit, and felt uneasy afterwards. Not exactly sure why, but as I pondered that thought, I made up my own list.
7 things I wont apologize for (probably, almost never, really going to try)
1. Loving God with everything I am
2. Putting my family before ministry (They are my greatest ministry)
3. Not knowing everything
4. Trying my best but failing short (a lot)
5. Not being everything for everybody
6. Loving people as they are
7. Wanting people to grow in God
Maybe I'm just tired of justifying my role as leader... or my vision... or agendas...my mind doesn't disagree with Perry's list but my heart does. When I'm less concerned about proving I'm right, I find that I'm more concern about people's hearts... that has impacted my role as husband, as a father and now as a pastor.
"Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness." 1 Peter 5:2
So, I admit I might be a tad sensitive about brother Perry's list but I wonder did you read Perry's? How do you think it compares to mine? Would love you feedback!