It seems like each week my kids are invited to hang out with someone or do something. We just finished a weekend where my oldest two were home for just a few hours compared to how we used to live out our weekends. So, as Sunday came to a close, I had to be very intentional about how I would spend quality time with all three of my kids. Sure, we could have put on a movie or gone for a walk, but I wanted something that was fun, active, and possibly memorable.
I remembered something from the days before our youngest was born.
Around seven years ago, Christy (my wife) and I were out for dinner and found ourselves at the Best Buy store near the restaurant. We were killing time before heading home after a night out without the kids. As we strolled through the store, we heard portions of the soundtrack of our youth; Michael Jackson music! Drawn to the sound we found a Wii video game display showcasing the Michael Jackson Dance Experience and we just had to check it out. I was hooked. I vividly remember the music of the King of Pop! We bought the game and introduced our two elementary aged kids to the music of our childhood. But the game was more than just some of his best songs. We had the opportunity to learn to dance like the gloved one!
So, this past Sunday, the kids and I dusted off the game. It was the first time I can remember playing it since October 31, 2013. For the next hour or so, we enjoyed the game and chuckled as the youngest experienced the game for the first time. I have video, but I promised that it would be just for the family. When we finished, my oldest suggested we should do this each Sunday night.
You may be wondering what this has to do with church….
Our stated mission as a congregation is to lead others in a journey of personal transformation through Christ. Dancing to Michael Jackson isn’t necessarily what this entails, but I thought it would be helpful to see what leading others can look like.
I had to be intentional about making the most of the limited time I had with my kids this weekend. We need to be intentional about making the most of the time we have with those we desire to know Jesus.
I not only had to suggest that the kids play the game, I had to play it with them. For the first four songs, I was fully engaged in the dancing and my oldest won each dance off! That was a bit humbling for me, but she loved it. We have to not only lead people to Jesus, but we have to show them how we are being transformed too!
I chose the first songs but then I let them choose their own songs. We have to guide people to the right experiences, but we must also be open to their questions, doubts, and the directions they lead as we journey together.
I had to be willing to redo and re-experience things that were forgotten or just memories. We have to be willing to remember and re-experience what it is like to be on the early stages of transformation.
I got to laugh at myself and laugh with my kids. We need to make following Jesus enjoyable not only for ourselves, but for those around us.
But the fun all started because I invited my kids to join me in the game. We need to invite others to join us in the journey of faith.
In our English worship gathering, more than 7% of our attendees were first time guests. That’s right! We had around 150 in attendance and 11 of them were there for the first time. How will we continue to invite these 11 and the many others around us into the journey of faith?
Leadership is daunting, but it’s worth it!
Oh, you maybe wondering “where was Christy during all of the fun Sunday night?” She was hanging out with 10 other ladies having a game night at the church. Turns out they discovered a few things about having fun and leading too. But since they didn’t take any pictures, we are limited to just their stories (wink, wink)!
Leadership doesn’t always occur from a platform. Leadership isn’t merely telling another what to do. Leadership is pointing in a desired direction and then walking with others to that point.
May we lead through our invitations! May we lead through walking with others! May we lead people to Jesus!