Each Monday, I’m going to post a brief summary of what we’ve done the previous week in relation to expanding the kingdom of God in Greenville. So here’s what happened the week of May 3…
- I started my new job this week as a hospice chaplain. I shadowed nurses, a social worker, and our company’s corporate chaplain. I can already tell this is going to be a huge opportunity to be Jesus to people and families.
- Got lots of unpacking done. Got lots of unpacking to do.
- Was invited by my buddy Chris Woolard to speak at his student ministry’s weekly get-together, “TNT.” I’ve been to one of these gatherings before, and Chris is doing some really good stuff. I’m looking forward to it.
- Found out I may have a preaching gig on Father’s Day at Christ’s Church, a church of 300+ just outside of Greenville. I’ll get the thumbs up or thumbs down this week.
- Got to talk to one of my co-workers about what’s needed for the church to reflect the local racial diversity (Greenville is made up of roughly 60 percent white and 40 percent black people). It was a cool conversation.
- We hung out with Laura’s best friend on Saturday evening. She’s been so excited for us to get down to Greenville. On Saturday, she said she wanted to be a part of our first simple church–and she’s already talked to one of her friends about it, who’s also interested! God’s moving quickly. We’ve always said we move when He moves… and it looks like we’re moving quickly!
- Had a short email conversation with the president of Mid-Atlantic Christian University (formerly Roanoke Bible College, my alma mater) to thank him for his prayers for our transition, and to open up a conversation about the possibility of me teaching a session to a ministry class about simple church planting and chaplaincy. He responded favorably.
If you could, pray for the following things:
- Laura starts her new job this week. She’s there all week for orientation this week, and then starts her two shifts a week next week.
- Me as I shadow a chaplain all week this week. This will be really cool–this guy is really organized, and has a great reputation within our company. I’ll learn a lot about hospice chaplaincy this week.
- Our plans for getting together–we’re WAY ahead of where we thought we’d be. We’re not even unpacked, and people want to start hanging out… from which a church will hopefully sprout.