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Saddleback Church Night of Worship

“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13a NIV).

Here we are in the middle of another week. The last weekend is behind us and we have our sights set on the plan for the week ahead. There are many meetings and countless cups of coffee between now and our next weekend service. Whatever ministry burdens you are carrying or victories you are celebrating, one thing is for sure: God sees the work you are doing, and we see the work you are doing, and it matters. So let’s jump into the rest of this week fully empowered and encouraged.

To all the audio engineers — we act like we know what we want in our in-ear monitors, but the truth is we don’t know. Thanks for putting up with us, for making us sound better than we ever thought we could, and mostly, for making sure the Good News of Jesus Christ is…

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If you have been in ministry for any length of time, you have likely been faced with the leadership challenge called CHANGE. This issue of how to navigate a season of transition is one of the questions I am most frequently asked. It is an important question. Change can sneak up on us, it can shake the foundation of our teams, and it can cause pain for all involved. On the surface, change within the context of worship can look like new people, new sound, new music, and a new look. But when you dig deeper change can look like new freedom, new love, new health, and a new culture.

Leading through change and transition requires three things – a clear mind, a calm heart, and clean hands.

A clear mind. You must be clear on the vision of where God is taking you. Clarity of intellect. A clear direction. Know what you’re doing. Get in the space with Jesus so you can hear the vision of where he is taking you.

But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News,…

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