Going from glory to glory requires tension.

When we started building the new Convergence HOP building, I realized that the project would be joyful, intense and time-consuming.

I have seen through the years that so many Pastors and Leaders resigned their positions shortly after a building project. The work was too demanding and the ministry too grueling They burned out and walked away.

I have never led a building project as the Senior Leader. I’ve been a part of building projects and have led many building transitions, but taking the 8 million dollar plunge into the construction of a new building is a first.

I am doing my best to fully trust the Lord and finding rest in the midst of  the huge amount of details, planning and construction.

I feel a bit like the Apostle Paul who ministered in one city but felt the weight of the other churches he was involved with. Though I have great people around me helping me oversee the work, there is still a large amount of decisions that have to be made while doing ministry and caring for people at the home base. Double-duty.

Here are a few things that I am discovering.

1. Managing Stress. Stress is emotional tension caused by demanding circumstances. Demanding circumstances create tension. Stress happens. There is really no avoiding it but we can manage it.

In order to manage the stress taking place in my life, I’ve decided to spend more time with the Lord.

Martin Luther said;

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

I’ve made it a priority to be in the Prayer Room at 8 a.m. daily. I am making extended prayer a growing priority in my day. If I don’t, I will lose traction with the Lord and the day will be lost to the demands vying for my attention and my rest in God.

2. Trusting God. The more I step out in faith the more I get to believe. I remember when Wendi and I left Oregon with our five-year old girl (Hannah) and our three-year old boy (Jordan). With nothing but a promise from God and equity from our house we moved back to the SF Bay Area to start a church. Foolish. Silly. Impractical. Financially insane. I suppose so. But God’s promise and obedience to follow His call are far more important.

Provision has never been a problem for the Lord. Answers appear to come from nowhere and provision is hidden in our obedience.

I am learning that going from glory to glory involves tension. I manage the tension best when God is squarely the center of my day.

 

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12 Comments

  1. Dkoon Sep 16, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for being obedient to the Lord and setting an example of walking by faith! Most people do not realize what you are going through. You and the other cHOP leaders involved deserve many standing ovations!!!!!!! I thank God for you guys.

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    1. Greg Simas Sep 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Hi Derrick. Thanks for the encouraging words! Looking forward to great days ahead. Please continue pray for us as we head down the home stretch. 😉

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  2. Barbie Sep 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

    It’s been a joy to witness the faithfulness of the Lord over these last 17 years. Looking forward with expectation to cHOP’s future!

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    1. Greg Simas Sep 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Hi Barbie. Glad that you and so many others, have been big part of the journey. In a few short months we will be able occupy the building and say, “Look what the Lord has done.” All is for His Glory.

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  3. child of God Sep 16, 2013 at 9:12 am

    This is a huge chunk to bite off. Praying for you and your team during this time.

    Blessings

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    1. Greg Simas Sep 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Hello Child of God. I know you are an intercessor and I believe heaven responds to your prayers. Thanks for praying. 😉

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  4. deandeguara Sep 16, 2013 at 9:46 am

    “Provision is hidden in our obedience.” I think the biggest challenge is not to be so stressed and distracted that miss we seeing the ram in the thicket.

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    1. Greg Simas Sep 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

      PD. Good point. I didn’t think about Abraham, Isaac and the ram in the thicket. This connects a Bible verse to my thought. Thanks, friend!

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  5. andrewcala Sep 17, 2013 at 3:14 am

    This is a great post. Thanks for sharing. For me provision has been the tension most of the time. Can you share more about that season when you moved to SF and how you navigate from where you are right now? If its ok. Thanks Greg!

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    1. Greg Simas Sep 17, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Hello Andrew. Thanks for stopping by the blog and thanks for your comment. I think what you are referring to is our journey (process) of our family leaving Oregon and coming to the SF Bay Area to plant the church and the particulars around it. Right? If so, I think this might a good idea. Nailing it down to one post will be a huge challenge. 😉

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      1. andrewcala Sep 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm

        Yes exactly! Thanks Greg. You inspire me

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