It Takes Time

We live in a "microwave" generation of sorts, and are used to instant gratification. We watch a house being built in 7 days on a 1 hour television show, we watch people make millions in minutes and see rock stars born in a few views on YouTube. So we have come to expect things to happen quickly. We even feel entitled to experience that very thing for ourselves...But, good things just take time.

As a pastor I have often been frustrated by the amount of time it has taken for the vision and the mission of our church to take root. I have wanted thousands of people to meet Jesus on a regular basis, thousands of lives changed and to make a massive impact on our city. Over the last 18 months I have been begging God to see these things happen for us. In the process I find myself following the ministries of great men like Pastor Perry Noble and others who have built churches of thousands in just a few years and baptize even more! (What God is doing at NewSpring Church is truly a miracle! I am grateful for Pastor Perry's investment in me as a leader too.) Yet, the constant watching of others has left me wondering many times what is wrong with me, my church and my vision. It has left me feeling inadequate and even depressed. I want to have that story of instant success and experience the results. But, that's not my story.

I have come to the realization that great things simply take time, and I'm not those other leaders! I'm me and exactly who God called to be the pastor of Uncommon Church! I am uniquely the person God prepared and equipped to lead my church....You are exactly who God has called to lead your church, right! You and I are sufficient and adequate not because of who we are, but because of how He made us!

Relieve the pressure....for something to grow and mature, it takes time. I can watch my own kids to see this is true. My oldest did not come into this world able to do all he can today. As a matter of fact, he could little besides eat, sleep and poop! It took me a few decades to be able and prepared to be self-sufficient myself. Even today, I am growing and learning daily how to continue to be healthy!

Sometimes I think as leaders and pastors we assume that our churches and ministries will be instantly self-sufficient and productive; even healthy.....But, just like a toddler learning to walk, a young ministry is most often unstable. Occasionally, a miracle is born, but not every day. When we focus too much on the miracles stories around us, we will loose sight of what God has called us to lead.

You may experience the instant and great success like others, or it may take time. After 18 months building Uncommon Church, we are just beginning to see God do the very things I have been begging Him for for so long. In the last 4 months we have seen people meet Jesus. We have seen the vision and the mission of Uncommon Church take on life and vibrancy far beyond what I ever imagined. In the last 30 days we have grown nearly 25%. We have seen out team grow! And....we are seeing those who's lives are changed influencing others who need changed lives. It's amazing!

Truth is, I have wanted to give up so many times....I have wanted to throw in the towel and walk away. But, God called me and I am chosing to remain faithful. I am so grateful that I have.....Many times I have clung hard to this verse, Galatians 6:9 "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

Pastor/Leader: You are the one God has called to lead. You are sufficient because of Him. Keep your eyes set on the place God has called you. And stay the course.....In time it will pay off!