3/22/2009

The Search Begins Continues: Part 7...

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6...

Leo Tolstoy once said, "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."

As I've been searching for a new ministry position, I can't help but notice similarities and patterns in the interviewing processes of churches. And, of course, one of the things every potential employer wants to know is where are your strengths and where are your weaknesses?

Only in the past few years have I become comfortable talking about my strengths (although I know it's a necessary part of the process). I've always been better at recognizing the areas of my life that I need improvement in. And it was after a conversation with a potential church this week, that I realized something else that I want in a church...

I'm looking for a church that challenges me to grow in my personal and professional life.

I want to be challenged to become more than I am. I want to be encouraged in what I'm doing right, and corrected in what I'm doing wrong. I want to be pushed. I want to be stretched. The times that I've felt most fulfilled in ministry were the times I've had a mixture of excitement and fear. It's the times when I knew I was out of my league, but I knew I was where God wanted me. It was during those times I could feel like God was pulling me, stretching me farther than I had gone before. And I love those times! I love them because it forced me into a dependance upon God that changed me. And it's those changes that have shaped me into the man I am now.

But I don't want to stop. I want to keep growing. And I want to be at a church that will help me do just that...

1 comment:

sarahdupree said...

I agree, about being challenged, Josh. I have to HUNT for a challenge for myself. I can't rely on the pastor of my church, the Christian radio I listen to, my Bible Study group, or even my husband. I have to SEARCH for GOD HIMSELF to be enlivened and awakened in this life. He's the only One to challenge me. I have to "seek Him with all my heart". Otherwise, I buy into the lie that when I'm comfortable, I've arrived. When in reality, when I'm comfortable, I've stopped growing.