Today I spent about 45 minutes talking with my Superintendent (my church boss… ranking right below Jesus 😉 ) about the logistics of a successful transition at Church180.
We are still waiting to hear the “final word” regarding our transition date to the military. In the meantime we are doing a few things:
- Working with our Superintendent and a core of leaders in our church to make the smoothest possible transition for Church180.
- Identifying projects and departments around Church180 that need focused attention in the days/weeks to come .
- Spending time with people from Church180, and people in the community.
- Planning out the final sermons I will be preaching at Church180… actually, they are the final sermons I will preach as a civilian (at least for a long time).
On the home front…
- I am training hard! I’ll be one of the older guys in training… but I have every expectation of giving the young dudes a run for their money.
- I’m watching every video and reading every article I can find about military culture and chaplains. I’m talking with every veteran and chaplain I can find who will shed insight on what it takes to be an effective, helpful chaplain… a chaplain that the soldiers WANT on the team!
- I am writing out workout plans for Sherri and “Morning Shenanigans” for the ladies to be executed when I am not home. (If you’re not sure what “Morning Shenanigans” are… check out my Instagram page).
- I am spending time with each of my ladies on our dates and making an effort to capitalize on key moments such as breakfast time conversations, etc.
- I am reading and thinking a lot about the kind of work/ministry I will do in a military environment.
Yesterday I had the chance to sit down with a local Christian bookstore manager and do an interview. It was fun to talk about our transition and I was able to walk through a few key ideas that have been helpful for us as we have arrived at this decision. You can watch that interview here.