I appreciate that the leaders here want me to have authority and all. They are doing a great job of challenging me and the rest of the church to view my position as a pastor and less as a youth guy. The problem is, I'm comfortable with youth. I can stand up and teach a group of students for an hour with my zipper down...trust me, I know from experience. Adults are different.
Some adults view me as a pastor, but most don't. I'm pretty much the monkey boy with the red vest clanging symbols (eerily biblical, huh?). It's an interesting dynamic
over half of the U.S. population is under the age of 18. Why isn't half of the church population under 18?
So dave wants me to lead another service. I won't lie, I want me to lead another service. My gastrointestinal reflexes do not want me to.
The more I find out, the less I know. Did you know that the greek word "disciple" is only used in the gospels and acts? This is my new kick...biblical discipleship. Christian discipleship isn't very biblical. If we took it literally, instead of making other disciples of Jesus we would have the cajones to make disciples of ourselves. Screwed up, messy, passionate disciples like us. Those who need to be discipled need to see following Jesus in action. Following is the other word used (commonly translated disciple) to describe jesus' followers. That's the word Paul uses.
Much like my apprehensions in leading a service, Christians are afraid that their incompetence will do more harm than good. So we make disciples of Jesus--and they have no model of what that means.
Kind of like throwing a kid in the river to teach her how to swim.