Thinking forward

August 16, 2009 — 4 Comments

Man thinkingSometimes it’s just good to get away. Away from the distractions. Away from the routine. Away from the pace of life as usual.

I just returned from a couple days away with our church staff, where we spent time thinking, dreaming, praying, and planning together. And I must say that our retreat was time well spent.

There are several new faces on our team, and we’re definitely in the process of building relationships. In fact, of the eight members of our pastoral staff, five of us arrived just this year. And while we may be new working together, we’re definitely not new to the Christian life. We are a diverse group, in terms of talents, passions, and abilities, and our differences seem to complement each other well.

I’ve worked with a number of teams throughout my years in ministry. I’ve experienced good teamwork, and I’ve experienced poor teamwork. But I’ve never worked with a group of people for whom I have more respect or higher hopes. I believe that God has brought together a team of people for such a time as this, and I’m truly humbled to be a part of what He’s doing in and through us to impact our church, our community, and our culture.

Our time of retreat was both informative and fun. We learned a lot, but we also laughed a lot. And any seasoned minister will readily admit that sometimes it’s your sense of humor that gets you through a day!

I’m still learning so much as a minister, and I pray that will always be the case. Here are a few of the things of which I’m being constantly reminded:

  • Little things can make a huge difference.
  • Clear and consistent communication is key.
  • Attitude is contagious.
  • I’ll never please all the people all the time, and God knows that.
  • Intentionality is essential to progress.
  • Trust is vital for relationship health.
  • The big Kingdom always takes precedence over little kingdoms.

Over the next several weeks, I plan to expand on each of these concepts in this space. As always, I look forward to your thoughts.

For now, I want to thank you for your kind inquiries as to my status during this time of blog silence. I also ask for your prayers as I seek to give God my very best. After all, He deserves nothing less!

Of all the things I’m learning, I must say that one of the most important is that I must be intentional about taking time for the things that matter most. And my relationship with Christ is the most important of all.

Psalm 46:10 says:

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.”

Perhaps you need to take a little time out from the routine to be still and know that He is God. You won’t be disappointed.

And remember, with God all things are possible. Put another way, with God the possibilities are absolutely endless! What possibilities are on the horizon for you this week? 

4 responses to Thinking forward


    PTL! So glad that you are already DEEP into the LORD’S work at your new task. We will continue to miss you, but pray for you and your family.

    As usual, your insights are refreshing!


    Your friend in Christ, John Peek


    Good morning, Garrick. It is so nice to read again a post from you. I’ve realized that these have been exceedingly busy days for all of our pastoral staff. Your words today have been challenging and encouraging to me since I feel I have been placed in a time of forced stillness. I long to be more active, but evidently that is not God’s plan for me right now. But your words remind me that closeness to Him is far better. I’m so thankful for all of you “newbies.” We are so blessed at Park Hill to have each of you. The service yesterday morning was wonderful.
    Praying always,


      Martha, thanks for your kind words. I continue to pray for you often. We don’t always get exactly what we want in this life, do we? But we have a certain peace knowing that our Heavenly Father knows best what we need. And He’s always shaping us to better conform to the image of His Son.

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