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.