Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Flexibility, Concert, and "I wish he would have said..."

As a pastor, my calendar is usually filled with stuff. So being flexible is usually not an option. I usually have to plan flexibility, if that makes any sense (leave days open to be flexible). If my mother-in-law is a schedule 'Bloodhound,' my Mother has nasal blockages. My family is a last minute family. Because of Amy's mother, they are a first minute family. Just for the record, I think both have good points.

On Thursday night my mother left a voicemail explaining that someone had given her a bunch of tickets to the Casting Crown's concert on Sunday night. After an interchange of yes and no, wait-and-see phone calls, I felt led on Saturday to take the youth group, and a random spattering of others (friends, in-laws, roommate of friends and boyfriend, etc...). I usually hate to cancel normal youth group due to lack of momentum, but I'm glad I did this time. Change of pace is good some times.

The concert was great, the musicians skillful, and worshipful (Lyrics on the screen), and Christ centered. We were fortunate just to get there in time (I had to run to the ticket counter, arriving there 5 minutes before it closed-which would have precluded us from getting in). God providentially worked out several things of which I have neither the time to tell nor can afford the embarrassment of telling.

One thing I've noticed over the years: if you're a Christian artist in a concert setting, you can say no wrong. People just go nuts. But at least the lead singer promoted the sponsorship of World Vision kids-and the line at the table was WAY LONG.

My only real critique of the evening was that he ASSUMED everyone attending had a church home. Unfortunately that is not always the case, and sometimes regularly not the case. You'd be surprised at how many people simply don't go to church, or don't go on a regular basis. With the affect he had on World Vision recruiting, I only wish he would have said: "Get thee to a church home and stay there, worship, connect, and serve." I had folks with me who don't go to church at all, or go off-and-on. It would have been nice for them to be challenged by someone else other than me.

Other than that, a late, but great, fun, and bonding filled evening. And flexible too.


Randy Greenwald said...

Years ago, went to a Michael Card concert. His popularity had waned by that point, and the crowd was sparse. But he did not hesitate to tell people just what you longed to hear from CC. He said that belonging to a church was important, like, say, breathing.

Good observation.

Geoffsnook said...


Props to Michael Card. Sounds like a cool guy.

This CC dude was in church, connected, expressed the importance of hearing preaching and participating in singing. But he presupposed his audience was in the church.

And I doubt my row was the only row that had those who didn't go to church on a regular basis (2 folks).