Beginning a Search

Today we worshiped with Buliding Church. It surprised me how refreshing it was to just go somewhere and worship God. Not show up several hours early and do a bunch of set up and lead a sound check and various other distractions from God’s presence, but just show up and worship.

After the service I talked briefly with Pastor David about being an ex-church staffer trying to find a place to plug in. He said, “I know it can be awkward.”

Man, it totally is.

The pull is to critique everything. When you’re a church professional trying to find a church it’s like John Madden trying to simply enjoy a football game. Rather than focus on a “What impressed me? – What did I enjoy?” attitude I tried to have a “How could God use me in this community? Is God calling my family here?” attitude.

I will say I really enjoyed the worship and teaching. The welcome team was on point!

We sang –

  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Joy to the World
  • Angles We Have Heard on High
  • The First Noel
  • Another song I’d never heard before
  • Run, Run Rudolph (walk out song)

Check out other Churches’ Sunday morning set lists on Fred’s blog.

The Building Church worship pastor only led one song. It was cool to see a guy who empowers his team. I’m not a big fan of Christmas carols for Sunday morning services, but O Come All Ye Faithful and Angles we have heard on High were rockin’. Seriously, some of the most worshipful arrangements of those I’ve heard.

In terms of the big 4

Solid Preaching: Check. David spoke about how Christians don’t search for peace – they HAVE peace, they don’t search for Joy, they HAVE joy. In a culture where it’s super hip and trendy to be “seeking” and very nerdy to be “found” I really appreciated the good theology.

Another thing that struck me that was HUGE was how much vision was just littered through the message. Getting into a small group as well as going through the “growth track” classes were both plugged during the sermon.

Love Huntsville: Check. We prayed over some build-a-bears (“Building Bears”) that were being sent to Children who were spending Christmas in Huntsville Hospital.

Love the World: Check. The put a picture on the screen of the orphans in Venezuela who they were helping. The Pastor and his wife served as missionaries before become church planters.

Passionate about church planting: Big Check. What really impressed me the most was the confidence that folks had about being called to Huntsville. Pat, an associate pastor, shared with wild excitement about how he’d left a paying job to raise support, take on a part-time job and help plant Building Church. They are only a little over a year old and are looking open another campus in Madison in February.

With all this I didn’t hear the whisper of God saying, “This is the place.” I have a feeling like it’s probably not gonna happen that way. I envision it more like us visiting several places and then praying in light of those experiences about where to go.

You can check out Sarah’s take on visiting Building Church.

10 Responses to “Beginning a Search”

  1. 1 dorothy (vicar of vibe) December 21, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts while searching. Again, I think it will be very enlightening for all of us.

  2. 2 Jim Drake December 21, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I can remember the first Sunday I sat in the pew after being sidelined. We sat in the balcony where no one could see us. The Worship pastor knew I was there, but I told him not to make a big deal to anyone. I sat with my wife and held her hand as we sang an old old hymn that I had forgotten about–it brought tears to my eyes as it reminded me of God’s sovereignty and reign in my life.

    The Worship pastor was marvelous to me and my family. Even before we visited he alerted his ministry to our situation. We had cards and calls from his team before we visited to let us know that we were being prayed for. I can’t tell you how much that meant to us when we didn’t have a church family. When I finally made my way to the minsitry meeting I was greeted like I was an old family member.

    My advice…find some place that will minister to you. Now is not the time for you to give–you need to be ministered to. It may not be at the place you expect, but you’ll know it.

    I’m an open ear if you need to talk!



  3. 3 Louise December 22, 2008 at 5:42 am

    “It was cool to see a guy who empowers his team.” I really want to head in this direction and I love seeing others do it well.

    “Getting into a small group as well as going through the “growth track” classes were both plugged during the sermon.” Our church really needs to get with the program on this stuff. Vision has to be preached from the front. It just does.

    On a personal note: I’m with Jim. Find a place where you will be pastored. The only thing that I have asked of our new associate pastor is to pastor his leaders. This wasn’t being done before. He has. He is. And you should see and hear the changes. Talk to other leaders at churches you visit.

  4. 4 Brad Hafner December 22, 2008 at 8:01 am


    I’m still praying for you and your family in this situation. The hardest part for me has always been trying to hear God in a world that is so noisy and busy. I pray that His voice be clear and there is no doubt if it is Him when it happens. Stay in the Word, worship Him for who He is, and continue to exercise your faith. God is good….always.

    Be blessed,

  5. 5 Joey Davis December 22, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Coming from a ministers point of view, I have been in the same shoes you are right now. Ok, I am in them now. I know what it is like to score churches that you visit, score the pastor on his preaching, and so on. After having enough of religiousity, my family has been basicly sidelined for several years. Billy, use wisdom in your choices, but don’t wait so long like I did.
    I have been visiting a church 30 minutes from my house and it fits all the “things” that we have been use to. But, I don’t know if I want what I have been use to. Does that make sense? When you go from being raised Baptist, go the carsmatic movement, go through seminary through Assemblies of God, find yourself sitting back in a traditional style church just to rid yourself of the “show,” you have deep questions inside and a hunger for truth. That was just a brief track record of mine.
    You will find what you are looking for, but it may look like what you have seen before. The gift in you will not change, it will simply be put into places that will require it to grow. Maybe I am speaking more of myself, but I find that brothers in Christ are more common that we realize. Peace my friend. Merry Christmas.

  6. 6 Steffanie Oltmans December 22, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    God will lead you to the right place for you and your family. My prayers are with you!

  7. 7 Peter Park December 22, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I’m glad you had a great Sunday. You will find the perfect fit soon. I pray that you will blessed during your journey.

  8. 8 Johnny Sierra December 22, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I keep you in my prayers. That you will find a home to dwell and make an impact in. Keep locking for the will of God my friend.

  9. 9 Alison Stevens December 22, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I totally know what you mean about finding a church after being on staff! It is much more difficult that one would think…

  10. 10 Don Chia December 26, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Hey Billy,

    Thanks for all the info today ! … great work on the stage…

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