I spent 15 years of my life living in Virginia and North Carolina and in that time I have been through a number of hurricanes, tropical storms and Nor’easters. Some of them have been have been really powerful and devastating while others weren’t too bad. Some people decide to leave their homes and property (or told to evacuate) while others wait it out no matter what. Myself, I stayed through each one. If you live or have lived on the East Coast then you know what I’m talking about.
If you have never lived on the East Coast then I’m sure you don’t know what a Nor’easter is. It’s basically a tropical storm that lasts for 3 days. It’s called a Nor’easter because the winds blow from the north-east. The last one I went through was as intense as a hurricane with all the added flooding. The tide was 11 feet above normal for 2 days. Many neighborhoods flooded. Many trees fell into houses and I couldn’t work because power was out to many neighborhoods. But it wasn’t the worst storm I had been through.
When I was in the Marine Corps we used to have hurricane parties. Basically, we would stay up all night partying while the storm raged on. During hurricane Floyd, I was tasked with driving around an MP (Military Police) in a Humvee to make sure the roads stayed clear and nobody was in danger. Coincidentally, I was never afraid during any of the storms no matter the level of danger. I wasn’t really afraid because I knew it would come to an end.
Coming out of storms
Knowing a storm is coming to an end helps to put things into perspective. I’m not just talking about stormy weather either. Some times we go through storms in our lives—storms such as conflict with a spouse, new job, losing a job, moving, losing a loved one, etc.
Currently, our church staff is in the storming phase. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s the second step out of four to becoming a prosperous church staff. We have already formed (1st step). After we make it through the storming phase we will go into norming, then performing. Anyway, back to the storming phase. This is really about getting to know how each team member works and what our passions are. When you are around a group of passionate people you will inevitably bump heads with someone. It’s your level maturity that brings it all together.
The storming phase also goes into our personal lives. I’m still looking for part-time work as are a couple of the other pastors. Not having things go your way (or how you envisioned it) can be somewhat depressing. We are still trying to figure out our roles within the church so it makes for some awkward moments as we push our way through church plans.
Just like in the hurricanes, I’m not worried about our staff being in the storming phase. I’m not worried for two reasons. One, I know God brought us all here for a reason and He will take care of us all as long as we remember why we are here. Two, I know the storm will come to an end. The storming phase will enable us to work together better and carry out much work for the Kingdom of God.
In other news, the last month at Epikos was great. I got to preach my first two sermons at church. We have established two new Bible studies before church service on Saturday mornings. We have a few new visitors that have come regularly. Last weekend, we had over 40 people in attendance and one new couple blessed the church financially. I have nothing to complain about at this point. I just feel so blessed and at peace to be serving my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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