Thursday, October 14, 2010

Life as a Campus Pastor

Well, I've been at National Community Church here in Washington DC for a little over 6 months now. It's been quite the transition from travelling nonstop at my leisure, to going to an office 4 days a week (even if it is with the coolest group of people I've ever gotten to work with)!

Not even 3 months after I arrived here, Mark Batterson (lead pastor) wanted to talk about the possibility of me taking their sixth campus at Potomac Yard under my wing. I never imagined myself becoming a pastor, but I guess when I think about "why" I do music, it's really to have a voice. That's the whole reason I write and play music - to get a message of hope and the power of Christ's grace and love to the world. As a pastor, you have a wide open door to speak into people's lives, without the music.

Don't get me wrong, I still get to play about 4 or 5 shows a month, and I still get to do a TON of stuff with music, but for some reason God is really giving me a pastor's heart. Now, more than ever, I want to challenge people to live for something greater than themselves. When I hop on the Metro, I find myself talking to random strangers about God's love, and I think becoming a pastor, and following God's will, is giving me a different perspective on this world.

Potomac Yard is hopping, and each Sunday I hear cool stories of how people are stepping into a church environment for the first time in years, and how worship is transforming hearts. This Sunday is my first chance to preach, and I couldn't be more excited. I'll be talking about the NEW covenant, out of Hebrews 10. Christ did away with the Old way of thinking (where people were bound by the law), and established a new covenant of grace.
It's going to be a great Sunday, and I can't wait to see what God does next.

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Blogger Jessica said...

You're going to be awesome on Sunday. Can't wait :-) I'll be praying for you!

7:45 PM  
Blogger Jared said...

So cool! Praying for your sermon prep.

10:44 AM  
Blogger trusting in Him said...

woohoo! so proud of you! preach, 82! :)

10:50 AM  

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