We are in a season of reset. Meaning that during this highly unusual period brought on by a global pandemic the likes of which none of us have ever seen before, every organization has paused to reflect on not only what they are about, but why they are about it. Every organization has gone through some form of leadership restructuring to better respond to the present and prepare for the future, whatever that may look like. Journey is no different.
There are many implications of our organizational reset, but the one I want to tell you about today is one of the most important. Starting June 1, 2020, Pastor Dustin Aagaard who has served as our Family Pastor is now serving in the role of Associate Lead Pastor. This is something that I have been praying about and desiring to do for some time but felt that now was the right time to move forward with this new role for Dustin.
What does an Associate Lead Pastor role look like? The best analogy I can give you is Pastor Dustin is now my co-pilot. He is helping me fly the plane known as Journey Christian Church. It is a position that is as important and responsible as it sounds. It is something that will not only make Journey a better church in the present, but something that will position us well for the future.
I’ve asked Pastor Dustin to close this week’s column by sharing a few words about our new message series starting this weekend.
series starting this weekend.
I am excited and honored to step into this new role and continue to explore new ways to better serve Journey and our community.
I want to share with you a little bit about the series we will be walking through the month of July. It’s called Essential Services. In the book “The Power of Habit,” author Charles Duhigg talks about something he calls Keystone Habits. Duhigg says, “Keystone Habits are small changes or habits that people introduce into their routines that unintentionally carry over into other aspects of their lives.” For example, exercising is a keystone habit. Studies have shown that people who exercise three times a week are more likely to eat better, have more patience, be less stressed, consume less alcohol, smoke less, and be more productive at work. Over the years I have processed what this concept would look like in a spiritual sense. Meaning, what are the spiritual keystone habits in our lives? This series is about focusing on four spiritual disciplines that may produce the most exponential growth we’ve ever seen in our own lives and relationships. Here is where we are heading:
Week 1: The exponential impact of being in a Small Group by Pastor Christian Wilson
Week 2: The exponential impact of discipleship by Pastor Dustin Aagaard.
Week 3: The exponential impact of having a heart for others by Pastor Gee Venegas.
Pastor Gee is a Journey Church partner planting a church in Kissimmee.
Week 4: The exponential impact of having a generous heart by Pastor Dustin Aagaard.
I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us as we continue to move toward Christ and all that He has called us to.
Loving the Journey,