bread for beggars

I’m Wanted.

Word is getting out?

A few months ago, another pastor approached me. He’d like me to serve on the board of a pregnancy counseling clinic. “I know of your compassion, and that would be a huge asset to us.”

Frankly, I was honored. I told him I couldn’t answer yet; I’m already on the board of a teen center. I’m involved twice a week there, and with a new director my involvement might have to increase. I don’t want to commit to something and find out later that I need to back out. That decision is still pending, but after almost a month of the new director being on duty, I suspect I’ll be able to handle the additional load of being on another board.

This week, an old friend called me. He helps run a nifty blog called Bread for Beggars. They’re starting a new column, and wanted to know if I’d write for them. “I thought this might be up your alley.”

Another big honor! I accepted this one — after all, I already enjoy writing and do quite a bit of it. What’s a little bit more? (Plus, it really is a subject right up my alley. More on that as it develops!)

And then yesterday, a member of one of our sister churches in the city approached me. “Pastor, we’ve heard about some of your ideas and enthusiasm. We’re wondering if you’d be willing to come preach for us for a contemporary worship Sunday. We’d make sure your church is covered, too, of course — we’ll send over one of our pastors!”

Well, it is beyond nifty that apparently I’m becoming known for thinking outside the box and being willing to try new things, but my congregation is skittish around the idea of their pastor preaching elsewhere. Some things in the past have colored their perceptions of such sharing of pulpits, and my call is first to this group of Christians. I turned down the offer, but made a counter-offer: You want to pick my brain or ask for ideas? I’m willing to share.  (more…)