My Southern Fried Neighbors

When I was talking to Conner today, it hit me that I regularly connect with worship leaders all over the country and yet there were several worship leaders I didn’t know in my own neighborhood. I made it a point to go out today an meet some of the worship pastors in the churches surrounding my house. I’d previously met Jon, BJ and Kevin – but today I dropped in to say,”hi” to some other guys. It was pretty fun to meet the staff of churches I drive by all the time.

Jerry, the lead pastor at Christian Development Center was even cool enough to give me a CD of his band Jeryco. If you are into classic rock you will seriously love these guys. They do Apologetix style parodies of tunes like Prince’s Purple Rain and Free Byrd by Lynard Skynard. I was listening to it in my car and when the Ghost on the Water (a parody of Smoke on the Water) kicked in I was absolutely forced to start rockin’ the air guitar. Thank God I didn’t crash into someone. I’m telling you this CD is dangerous.

Do you know your neighbors?

8 Responses to “My Southern Fried Neighbors”


  1. 1 Russ November 14, 2007 at 5:13 am

    Great challenge. I, in fact, don’t know (well) any of my fellow worship leaders here in Valdosta. When I take the time to think about it, I realize that I sometimes lean on the crutch of us (here at HOJ) being such a “different” church than anything else here in V-town, that we just don’t connect with others, but that’s kinda lame.

    I do have a pretty good relationship with a pastor friend who is also a church planter here in V-town and we meet about once a month.

    Time to meet and greet, I’d say…

  2. 2 worshipcity November 14, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    Dude, I’ve got to say, and don’t this the wrong way, it was wicked cool and yet surreal at the same time talking with you on the phone! I don’t think I’ve interacted other than through email and blogging with others from my blog (except friends here that I knew before blogging!)
    You sound just like your confessionals 🙂 HAHAHA. I don’t even know what that means! But I love what this whole blogosphere thing has done to communication and relationships!

  3. 3 Billy Chia November 14, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Russ,
    Yeah bro, especially if you guys are pushing the boundaries – other churches may not be ready to do the same stuff yet but I’m sure being aware of what you are doing could give them a vision for the future.

    Conner,
    haha – It was cool talking to you too. You also sound just like your worship confessionals… the ones you use to do… so… long ago. It is pretty surreal actually talking to blog people. Sometimes you think, “Is this person even a real person?” My wife is convinced that Tim Ferris doesn’t really exist.

  4. 4 Peter Park November 14, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Meeting the other worship leaders in the area is something that’s been on my heart. I pray God would open doors for me to do just that.

    As far as meeting our neighbors in our apartment…our new dog has been a great help for that. We’ve been living here for over 2 years and meeting all the new people has been cool.

  5. 5 worshipcity November 14, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Oh, I suppose I should weigh in on the point of discussion here as well.
    Love, love, love the suggestion. There are a few churches around town I’m plugged in to, either via their worship leader or youth leader since I do both at our church. Recently, I found a buddy of mine was playing at a church in our area and asked him for his Worship Leader’s contact info. We’ve been communicating by email ever since and are trying to hook up over coffee.
    Billy, you and I spoke of that Kingdom Mentality and I totally love it. It’s great finding people interested in Jesus and not the name on the sign out front!

  6. 6 Heidi November 20, 2007 at 9:44 am

    We all should know our neighbors and even the people we worship with. The other day, I went to some people who I had thought were new that day, Oh No!! we have been coming to this church for several weeks now. It’s okay if you just go to the church, but it’s not okay when you lead the First Impressions team!!!

    Wammo!!! slap across the forehead..

  7. 7 All About Worship November 25, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    I am a big believer in networking, so I’ve tried to connect with other worship pastors in this area (Metro Atlanta). Unfortunately, haven’t had much great response. I’ve tried phone calls and emails, but was able to connect with only one guy in the past nine months I’ve been here. Nobody else responded back. However, we’ve only met face to face once. I’ve tried to get together with him again, but every time I call he says he’s busy with a recording project he’s working on at his church studio.

    Of course, I didn’t try just showing up randomly at people’s churches. Didn’t think people would appreciate that very much. I guess it worked though in your case.

  8. 8 Billy Chia November 26, 2007 at 12:14 am

    Wisdom,
    lol – yeah randomly stopping by churches and requesting a bunch of attention seems like it would probably be unappreciated.

    I think why it “worked” for me was becuase I didn’t go with any type of agenda and I didn’t request a bunch of attention. I simply introduced myself, dropped off a business card and let them know that I live in the area and would love to help them out in any way I could. Some folks only had about 2 minutes and that was cool. Others wanted me to stick around an chat for a while so I did.

    I tend to appreciate putting a face with a name so I thought showing up in person would be more courteous than leaving an impersonal email or voice mail.


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