What Can the Duke Blue Devils Teach Us About Church Leadership?

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Let me get it out there from the start that this will not be an easy blog for my hands to type.  To write anything that seems to shine a positive light on the Duke Blue Devils seems contradictory to who I am.  I am indeed a Tar Heel born, a Tar Heel bred and when I die, I’m a Tar Heel dead (as well as a Tar Heel educated)! Furthermore, to tie in anything with the word “devil” in their name to church leadership seems a bit of a stretch doesn’t it?  Anyways, I hope my fellow Tar Heels can hang with me long enough to hopefully get something out of this blog and I hope that those who are Duke fans and those who could care less can benefit as well!

In my last blog I posted about some takeaways from the Duke/UNC basketball game from the UNC side and how that can be tied into leadership.  Today I want to (somehow) glean some good from Duke and apply it as well.

The first thing I want to touch on is something that, if you watched the game, was mentioned just about as many times as the fact that UNC could not pull away.  It was the fact that Duke only “has six players.”  This fact was thrust more into the spotlight when Matt Jones went out of the game with a sprained ankle leaving them with “five” players and the seldom-used Chase Jeter as their “sixth.”  Throughout the season Coach K has said numerous times that he has what he has.  Many times I think he takes it too far, and believe it is unfair to the other guys on the roster, because I am sure that fifteen guys dress out for their team.  It can almost come across as the other 7 or 8 guys are worthless, but, basically, for better of for worse, Coach K has decided that he has seven guys (counting Jones and an earlier injured Amile Jefferson) who are ready to play in a game for his team. Basically, on Wednesday in the second half they were down to five guys that they really were comfortable playing while UNC had at least eight, and, really, consistently throughout the season they have played ten or more players.  In the end those five (plus Chase Jeter) they won!

So, what is my point?  My point is that it isn’t all about numbers.  In leadership, and especially in church leadership, we can easily look at the numbers that other people have and be disgruntled.  We can begrudgingly think, “God, if we just had that many people, think about what we could do.”  It is clear throughout the Bible that God is far less concerned with the number of people than he is the faithfulness of those people.  God decreased Gideon’s army from 32,000 to the 300 hundred who would be faithful.  The faithful work of a few people will be more effective than the unfaithfulness of many!

The next thing to glean from Duke is that they know who they are.  I saw this both on an individual level and a team level.  This was clear from both the players and the coaches.  From an individual standpoint, the players they had on the floor knew their roles.  Their center Marshall Plumlee knows who he is as a player.  He is not a skilled scorer like Brice Johnson.  He sets screens for his teammates.  A LOT of screens.  He rebounds.  He plays hard.  He is not looking for the spotlight.  Derryck Thorton is a facilitator as a point guard.  He gets the ball down the floor and gets it to the guys the team is trusting to score.  Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram are those guys who the team is trusting to score.  They are super athletic.  They can run, jump and shoot.  Whether you think Grayson Allen walked against Virginia (which he did) or believe Brandon Ingram should have signed with UNC (which he should have) does not take away from the fact that they are gifted basketball players, especially on the offensive end.  All of the players on the court sure seem to know their roles and accept them for the betterment of the team.  The coaches also know what they are working with.  They know that Allen and Ingram are their best offensive players so they have structured their offense in a way that gets those guys the ball in positions where they can be effective.  Also, it has been clear for most of the season that, overall, Duke is not a very good defensive team.  Coach K has had to (and has been willing to) switch up defenses to best mask his team’s shortcomings.  This Duke team, nor the coaches, are trying to be like any other team.  This means not like any other college team in the nation or any Duke team of the past.  They are making the best use of the pieces that they have.

So, applications for churches and those in leadership, and even for individuals?  First of all, know who you are.  Know your strengths and your weaknesses.  Know and continue to learn who God made you to be.  Individuals, do not play the comparison game between yourself and others.  Churches, avoid that game as well.  Now, let’s make it clear that I am not saying you should not look to others for advice, for inspiration and for ways to improve, but realize that trying to emulate another person or group fully is rarely the right thing for you or your group.  As you know who you are as an individual, begin to learn how you best fit into your team.  Whether it actually is a team, your workplace, your church, or anywhere else, strive to know the people you are working with.  Learn your strengths and weaknesses.  Realize your personality differences and see those as good things, not as barriers.  One of the greatest things Nick and I were asked to do during our church planter training was to take a personality test.  It helped us to see who we are and how we have been gifted.  (Believe it or not, we are ridiculously similar!)  Remember that many of the “nuances” we see in each other are really just differences in the way God made us, and we need those differences to be a better team!  Remember that some people are better suited for the spotlight and others are more behind the scenes people, but all are equally important parts of the team.

Finally, just like Coach K (regardless of his death stares to officials and the number of times the cameras catching him using words I will not repeat) assessed his team and knew their strengths and weaknesses and has game planned accordingly, so the same should be with your “team.”   First of all, if things are not working, maybe it is time to change what you are doing, or the way you are doing it.  As a church, to make it as closely related to basketball as possible, we are called to make disciples (leading people to Christ, teaching them how to live as Christians and training them up to, in turn, make disciples as well).  This is a win for us, in a basketball sense.  As we do this we must follow the rule book (the Bible).  Now it is important to point out that while the Bible does lay out do’s and do not’s there is not just one way to “do church.”  The rule book doesn’t tell a team the best way to score points or which players to put in the game or how to build their stadium or which music to play before the game.   The method, as long as it is not against the rules, is not important, it is the message.  That message must adhere with Word of God and the truth of the gospel.  Not every successful basketball team plays basketball the same way, and not every church that is being faithful to God’s call to make disciples does it in exactly the same way either.  Just remember that as times change, some of our methods might not work as well as they have, but the message must not change!  Just as basketball has changed from a game of mid-range jumpers and short shorts to high flying dunks and three pointers, other things change too, and that is not always a bad thing!

As you look at where you are and wonder if change needs to occur, do a couple of things – pray hard (and then do it again) and then access where you are as a team.  Do you not have the needed pieces for a worship band?  Then do not feel pressure to start one.  Do you not have the structure in place to start a youth ministry?  Get that set first.  Maybe some of your programs are not working like they used to?  Do not be afraid to tweak them or get rid of them.  Ask God to help you know when it is time to try something new and to know the balance between moving on too quickly and waiting too long to pull the trigger.  If a play in Coach K’s playbook is no longer working, I guarantee he will either change it or be done with it.

Alright, I have rambled on long enough about Coach K and his Blue Devils, but I hope these blogs have been some sort of help to you.  Be blessed, be encouraged, and all of you Duke fans, I am already looking forward to a chance at redemption on March 5th!

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. -James 1:5

What can Roy Williams, Brice Johnson and timeouts teach us about church leadership?

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Did anyone know there was a basketball game last night?  If you somehow missed it, the North Carolina Tar Heels hosted the Duke Blue Devils last night, and, unfortunately, the Blue Devils came out on top.  North Carolina led basically the entire game, but the announcers were constantly mentioning that Duke was hanging around.  That hanging around ultimately gave them the opportunity to take the lead with right at a minute to go and not relinquish it.  The back and forth on Twitter and Facebook has been on ever since, but I have been cooped up with stomach bug and really not had the energy to join in.

Years ago I would have lost sleep over this game.  I would have been too wound up to go to sleep or my mind would have been racing with thoughts of how I would have done things differently if I was a player or a coach.  While I was able to fall asleep pretty quickly last night, I did take a few minutes to think about how I would have handled things differently both as Roy Williams or a Tar Heel player, specifically either Marcus Paige or Joel Berry.

I believe there are some very practical takeaways from this game, from both teams, that can be helpful for those in leadership positions and, in particular, church leadership.

First, I’ll address a couple of things from the Tar Heel side.  There are two main things – Brice Johnson and the lack of a timeout call.  Brice Johnson has been the best player on Carolina’s team this year by far, and last night he was brilliant.  He finished the game with 29 points and 19 rebounds.  The crazy thing is basically none of those stats were complied in the last 10 minutes of the game as his teammates stopped feeding him the ball, despite the fact that he had dominated the game and that the player guarding him, Marshall Plumlee, played the final 10 minutes with 4 fouls.  The team played like they had forgotten what had helped them to have the lead throughout the game.  Guards were content with going one-on-one or shooting jump shots instead of working the ball inside.  Man, was it frustrating to watch!

Now, onto the timeout situation.  North Carolina got the ball with about 20 seconds to go with a chance to win the game.  They rushed down, had a broken play and through up a very contested shot as the clock was winding down.   Afterwards, coach Roy Williams said that in hindsight he should have called a timeout.  While I do agree with him, my real gripe is that he should have called a timeout long before then to remind his team to work the ball inside, as it was clearly working.  If you have followed Carolina basketball for a long time, you know that Williams gets his propensity for not calling timeouts honest.  Dean Smith, the legendary coach that Williams worked under as an assistant before leaving to become the coach at Kansas, was the same way.  Many times at my house growing up, Dean was reminded through the television that he could not take those timeouts with him to the next game.  He never seemed to get the message.

So, what does all of this have to do with leadership, and particularly, church leadership?  One of the most important parts of leadership is multiplying leaders who are able to replicate what you do, or take charge of things that free you up to more focus on things that you are more gifted at, or called to do.  There is definitely good and bad in this.  Many times it is easy to hold onto every responsibility you have because it is easier to do it yourself.  By easier, I mean, then you know it is done right, or at least, done how you want it to be done.  It can be hard to give up things, or give someone else the chance to step up.  This must happen so that people can grow!  As we reproduce leaders and allow people the chance to take ownership of things, we must find the right balance between letting them run with things unsupervised and standing over their shoulders and watching every move they do.  Either extreme is not the way to go.

I feel like Williams not calling a time out was a little extreme because it sure looked like his team had forgotten what had gotten them to the lead in the first place.  They needed a reminder of what they were to be doing, and what had been working.  This can be true in all forms of leadership, and, especially in the church.  If we are not careful then the ways we serve can become routine or we may not really think about why we are serving in the first place.  At Collide Church we have various teams that do an amazing job of serving on Sunday mornings.  From helping people get parked when they arrive, to greeting them with a smile, to serving breakfast, to answering questions, to creating a safe environment for kids, to leading the congregation to worship, to preaching and teaching the Bible and everywhere in between, people give of their time every week to help make sure people have a great experience at the church.  You may ask why this is important, and, that is a great question!  Studies show that on the average guests to a church have decided within 11 minutes if they will come back.  What has happened in the first 11 minutes they are there?  If they get there early, the service has not even started!  Also, at just about any church, the preaching has not started in those 11 minutes.  We strive to remind our people that every week is someone’s first time being there and, with that in mind, we should all be doing our best to live our our mission as a church: “To introduce a hurting culture to a healing God through hope in Christ.”  That is true for each person serving and those in the congregation as well.  I say all of this to say, that it can be easy to go through the motions, or forget why we do what we do.  Leaders, sometimes you NEED to call a TIMEOUT and remind people of why they are doing what they are doing.  Remind them of what has worked in the past and why they are doing it. Celebrate victories with them and learn from times you fail.  Remember that when you are getting tired of casting vision that your people are just now starting to get it!

I have rambled long enough about the Tar Heels for now!  I will be back tomorrow to share some things I learned from (gasp!) the Duke Blue Devils.

Sing, Sing, Sing!

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This morning as I scrolled through social media feeds, I saw lots of posts of friends at the Carrie Underwood concert last night.  There were shots of friends with opening bands, shots of Carrie singing, and shots that made sure to capture the various outfits that she wore.  Before anyone gets defensive, this is not a post speaking against Carrie (I mean, she has a song called “Jesus Take the Wheel), or country (although it’s far from my favorite genre), or going to concerts (no one loves them more than I do).  Rather, this post is about music-specifically about singing and playing as worship to God.

First of all, let’s all admit that there is something powerful about music.  If you have been to a great concert, or a recital of talented people showing their talents, it is moving.  I often hear people say, “That played on my heart strings.”  A stringed instrument, or brass one, or percussion, or the instrument of someone’s voice can touch us like nothing else can.

Next, looking at the beginning of Psalm 33, see that we are called to sing and give praise to our God. The ESV says, “Praise befits the upright.”  If you are like me, you did a second look at befits.  It means, “is appropriate for” or “suits.”  Praising God through song suits the upright.  Praising God through song suits those who trust in God!  If you believe in God and have placed your faith in His Son, Jesus, you are called to lift up songs to Him!

So, now that it is clear that we should praise Him, how should we do it?  Well, it seems pretty clear that we should be loud about it.  Twice in three verses we are called to “shout” to Him.  Why shout?  Because we have JOY!  Joy will never leave!  We should be excited about our God because of what He has done for us.  Panthers fans (which many of you know I am not one!) I am pretty sure that you have shouted during this season because of what your team has done, and you will do it even more if they happen to win on Sunday.  Furthermore, I bet many of you have clapped when your boy Luke made a big play or raised your hands when Cam scored a touchdown.  Obviously, raising your hands to make the touchdown sign makes sense, but people watching all sports, or who are excited over anything tend to clap and raise their hands.  It seems like it is a natural thing.  Like it’s something we were made to do.  Now if we are going to get excited and clap and throw up our hands because of a team, or getting good news, or because Carrie Underwood killed “Cowboy Casanova” at the show last night, then doesn’t it make sense we should do this to thank and praise the God who made us and His Son who saved us?  It makes sense to me.  If you need more convincing, Psalm 134:2 says, “Lift up your hands to the sanctuary And bless the LORD” and Psalm 47:1 says, “O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy.”

Verse 3 says a couple of important things.  The psalmist instructs us to sing to Him and new song and to play skillfully.  So we should be singing new songs to Him and playing and singing to Him to our best ability!  At Collide our band Collide Worship is always looking for new songs to sing to the LORD.  Now, let’s be clear, it doesn’t mean we are discrediting or stopping the singing of the old songs, but we we should always be looking for and creating new songs of praise to God!  Many songs we do also include sections of some of the hymns many people grew up singing, so it shines new light on them.  We also should strive for excellence as we play and sing to Him.  This can be tricky because worship can become, or can be seen as a performance.  The key is that no one should be trying to sing and play to please man, but, instead, to please God, who deserves the best that we can give Him!  Those on stage, or behind the pulpit, or in the choir loft, or the orchestra pit, give God the best you have and be practiced up!

Finally, I would be at fault to not mention that it surely is possible for singing to be emotion-led.  People can get wrapped up in the moment and lose focus on what the meaning behind their singing is.  I challenge everyone as you sing with your church, or your family, or in your car, or in your shower, think about the words you are singing and check your heart that you are singing for Him.  Are there times when you shouldn’t express yourself through shouts and lifting up your hands, and clapping?  Most definitely.  Psalm 2:11 reminds us to, “Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.”  There are times to sit and reflect or bow down in reverence.  Worship takes on many forms. Just make sure that whatever form it is taking on for you is out of a heart that is focused on Him.

I don’t sing about Jesus because it’s the Christian thing to do. If I sing about Jesus, it’s for one simple reason, and that’s because I believe he’s worth singing about. John Mark McMillan

The Church Makes Visible the Invisible Christ

I am currently moving quickly through J.D. Greear’s book “Gaining By Losing” and I really believe this book CAN be a game changer for any church and WILL be a game changer for Collide Church.   Every page is packed through of useful and convicting material, but so far, the chapter that shares the title of this post is one that is sticking with me so much.

Greear’s basic premise is that the local church should love their community so much that their actions make the invisible Christ visible to the world.  He states that we must rethink the “goal” of our churches.

The goal should not be the size of our church; it should be the salvation and blessing of our city. In addition to our planting other churches in the city, that meant discovering where our city was hurting and applying Christ’s healing in those places.

He told story after story of how his church has reached out to meet needs throughout their city, including meeting with the mayor to see what the five biggest needs in the city were and then finding practical ways to meet those needs.

Greear is also clear to state that acts of service should never be a replacement for verbally sharing the good news of Jesus.

Thus, our ministry begins with, and focuses on, testifying to what Christ has done. Any “service” to our community that does not make that message clear disserves them. Acts of kindness apart from the gospel only make people more comfortable on their way to hell.

There is so much more here, that I am only scratching the surface.  If you are a believer in Christ, and definitely if you are a leader in your church, I highly recommend this book, and if you attend Collide, I PROMISE you will hear more about it!

I will end this with a question to hopefully spur on conversation.  Church goers, what are your churches doing to serve your communities?  Residents of communities (everyone!), what are needs that you see the church can be meeting where you live?

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  -1 Peter 4:10

Eternity is at stake

“11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have the Son of God does not have life. 13I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”  -1 John 5:11-13
Powerful collisions are no joke.  They are serious.  They are life altering.  When two things come together in a powerful way, things are different.
The collisions we are praying people have with an all-powerful God will be eternal.  The effects of these collisions will last FOREVER.
We’re all deserving of death, hell and the devil because of the sin in our lives, but praise God, because of His Sacrifice, His Son, Jesus Christ, we do not have to suffer this punishment!
Through the perfect blood of Jesus the penalty for our sins has been paid!  Eternal punishment turns to eternal rejoicing!  Life a part from God is changed to life with God!
Who does not want things to be better for eternity?  But, even beyond that, things should be better in the here and now.  As Nick Poindexter pointed out today, when we know the outcome, that in the end we win, things now will be better.  This isn’t a prosperity gospel, but it’s a realization that the problems and pains of this world will pass.  It’s also a reminder that while we’re here we should do all that we can to point people to Jesus with our words and actions!
We should long for people to have collisions with God, as these collisions have eternal ramifications!

 

“You stood before creation
Eternity in your hand
You spoke the earth into motion
My soul now to stand

You stood before my failure
And carried the cross for my shame
My sin weighed upon your shoulders
My soul now to stand

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart, Oh God
Completely to you”

-Just to close out these blogs, here’s a quick wrap up for you:

Coming together is powerful

Others will experience the results

Life should never be the same

Love is the catalyst

Indifference isn’t an option

Dead will come to life

Eternity is at stake

Dead will come to life

Many times a collision is associated with death.  A deadly car crash.  A painful football hit that leads to a concussion or serious injury.  Any other number of ways people and or things come together in a negative sense.  Collisions are powerful, but they do not have to be negative.  They can, and do, bring dead things to life.

At Collide we believe that when sinful people meet with a saving God, change will take place.  Dead will come to life.  Results will be evident.  Life won’t be the same.

We launched our church last week, and our teaching pastor Nick spoke of this idea of collision.  He spoke from John 9 and about a man who Jesus healed.  The evidence that the man had been with Jesus was tangible.  People could see it.

I love the real sincerity and simplicity with which the man answers the critics who are trying to catch Jesus in sin for healing on the Sabbath :

24So a second time they summoned the man who had been blind and told him, “Give glory to God.We know that this man is a sinner! ”
25He answered, “Whether or not He’s a sinner, I don’t know. One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I can see! ”

 

When people meet Jesus change is evident.  We were blind, but now we see!  What was dead has come to life!  How exciting it that?

Let Your Word move in power
Let what’s dead come to life
We are here for You, we are here for You

-Chris Tomlin “Here For You”

Indifference is not an option

in·dif·fer·ence

[in-dif-er-uhns, -dif-ruhns]  

noun

1. lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.
2. unimportance; little or no concern: Whether or not to attend the party is a matter of indifference to him.
3. the quality or condition of being indifferent.
4. mediocre quality; mediocrity.
Once we have experienced a beautiful collision with God indifference is not an option.
There should be no way that we can be indifferent toward God after accepting  His gift of grace and the sacrifice of His Son on the cross for our sins.  How easy is it for us to become that way though?  To act as if we have a get out of hell free card stamped and just go on through our lives without God as a focus, or many days without a thought or mention of Him?  Someone so powerful doing something eternal for us should not go unnoticed, unmentioned, or not be praised for any small stretch of time.
This indifference should also not carry onto our interaction with others.  As the church, we were created to do good works, which God predestined us to do (Ephesians 2:10).  The church exists to bring glory to God and to show Him to the world.  It’s not just enough to believe.  We must live it out.  We must be a light in the world and we must be actively serving God and meeting the needs of those around us-both physical and spiritual.
After experiencing a beautiful collision with Christ, indifference is not an option for us!
14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can his faith save him?
15If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? 17In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.
18But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works. 19You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe — and they shudder.  -James 2:14-19

Love will be the catalyst

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[kat-l-ist]  

noun

1. Chemistry . a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected.
2. something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces without itself being affected.
3. a person or thing that precipitates an event or change
4. a person whose talk, enthusiasm, or energy causes others to be more friendly, enthusiastic, or energetic.

 

The most important catalyst is God and His love for us.  He love us unconditionally, despite our flaws and shortcomings.  Even in our sinful state, He sent His Son to die for us (Romans 5:8).

Once we being to realize His love for us, it will only natural for us to return that love-to offer up a life of praise to God.  Not just a song, but a lifestyle built around His glory and our thankfulness for His love.

Our love for Him will help us to being to see Him more clearly, to know Him more deeply.  As we see Him more clearly we will see ourselves more clearly.  We will see our failures and sinful nature, but we will also see the beautiful way in which we were created and the grace that has been shown to us.

As we see ourselves more clearly, ultimately we we see others more clearly as well.  We will see that we’re all quite similar, in fact we are all the same.  We’re all made in the image of God who were born into a sinful world and are sinners in need of a Savior.

This mindset does not give people (us included) free reign to do whatever we want and chalk it up as only our sinful nature.  Instead this realization should lead us to be more grateful for the grace and mercy shown to us through Christ, and make us more willing to offer up this grace to others as well.

Love is the catalyst for beautiful collisions.  Beautiful ones between us and God, and beautiful ones between us and others.

 
34“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

-John 13:34-35

Life will never be the same

“Your faith should change the way you live.”

A few years ago God put this phrase in my mind and on my heart and it has stuck with me.  It’s simple, but it’s true, and it’s true after a collision as well.

Collisions change people forever.  Joe Theisman  collided with Lawerence Taylor and never played football again.  Jacob wrestled with God and limped for the rest of his life.  Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, was temporarily blinded and then became the greatest missionary the world has ever known.

When we meet God in a powerful we should never be the same.  Life should be different.  When we meet Jesus and experience His saving grace, we should live out a life that shows our love for God and in turn our love for others.  Things might not change over night (or they may), but we should be pressing on toward living more and more for Christ each day.  Our works don’t save us, but our faith should transform the way live our our lives.

Indeed, collisions can be life-changing, and a collision with God definitely will be.

14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can his faith save him?
15If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? 17In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.
18But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith from my works. 19You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe — and they shudder.
-James 2:14-19

Others will experience the results of a collision

Others will see experience the results – that’s what I wanted to title the post, but I didn’t know how to do the strikethrough in the title!

One of the things in life I have a hard time understanding is traffic.  I am sure there is a science (and some math) to it, and obviously only so many cars can fit on a certain section of road.  I find it amazing when traffic comes to a crawl or stand still, and then on down the road it clears up and I never see any reason why.

Other times though, it is obvious why traffic stops.  Many times it’s a wreck, a collision.  A wreck on your side of the interstate will clearly slow you down, or stop you.  But I am sure you have all experienced rubber-necking.  A wreck on the other side slows down traffic on your side of the interstate as people turn and look at the wreckage across the way.

When we are a part of a collision, other people will be able to see it’s results.  Something, or many things will be different about us.  Our lives will change and people will take notice.

Beyond just seeing the change, people will experience it.  Those nearest and dearest to us should feel it the most.  Who is most likely to be affected by a car crash?  Those right around it.  It will for sure effect their day, and they just might be in a collision themselves.

But let’s not forget others-those people on the other side of the interstate-they will be impacted as well.  They will stop (or at least slow down) and see what’s going on.   Hopefully these beautiful collisions will change their lives for the better as well when we reach out and when they are drawn in.

I pray that the beautiful collisions experienced at Collide and as a result of how God meets with the people there will not just be seen, but felt and experienced by those that we come in contact with-again, all for His glory!

42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers.
43Then fear came over everyone, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles.44Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. 45They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need.46Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude,47praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.
-Acts 2:42-47