responding to anonymous.Warning: longer post today:
Had to make a chazzdaddy change today. Have been getting a few of those "anonymous" comments. You know the kind I mean. Those comments who try to bring you down, and no name is left. Come on...and I will write this in all HUMILITY.
Example: Someone was ripping me for not being around all summer at New Hope (not sure if they didn't think I was working my tail off to spread the gospel?) And wondering why I would take a few days with my staff and actually strategically plan out where God is leading us? (Especially with the crazy launch we had in Ashland?)
Man...that is totally my job now or this thing that is getting quite large will go down in a blaze of glory. Apparently, they thought I had been gone enough for the year, even though it was to be a Mon-Thurs type thing as I am scheduled to teach like the first 6 weeks of this series. Not sure if the person loves me and wants me around, or was just throwing stones.
So since I don't want to get into blog debates (I responded to anonymous comments lately and though we need to dialogue, a public blog is not where I choose to do this). So anonymous comments are turned off. At least e-mail me with a fake address so I can reply to YOU and not make my case to the world, and I doubt I have time to reply to criticism as the amazing things that God is doing through all of us at New Hope and beyond CONSUME my every minute. Leaders will always be criticized, but the fruit they bear should be the record. We have amazing leaders here, so no doubt critics will arise (and we love the critics and frank discussion by the way, as WE who are Sr. Leaders are OUR biggest CRITICS!!! Trust me!!!) I do believe that in love we can talk and work things out, but not by hiding behind a cyber-world anonymous badge).
In case you were wondering as another leader who reads...I have developed a teaching team and teach 3-4 weeks on, and take 2 weeks off. WHY? So I live to see 40. Working 50+ hours a week including teaching 4+ times each weekend absolutely KILLS our teaching team. And people need to hear other voices. It is healthy, Biblical and keeps us from one influence. So glad the Holy Spirit moved through VARIOUS speakers to share the word of God with us.
My goal is to teach around 70% of the time or less so I can be devoted to leadership, mentoring others and equipping other churches and leaders in small towns. I desire that my (our) influence far reaches my expectations and geography.
Blessings and peace! I love this place and I know you do too!
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