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Kalahari Thoughts…From 3 Years Ago

I was recently reading through  my old Xanga (online journal/diary thing) and came across an entry that I wrote after Kalahari 2007. I had been working as the “Jr. High Guy” for about 4 months and was still getting acclimated to the whole ministry thing. 

I had also just quit Darkroom (the band I was in) so I could come work at thechurch. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life because I loved those guys and I loved playing with them. But the cool thing was that I was able to book them to lead worship at our Kalahari Retreat and hang out with them during the weekend. 

It’s a little long, but I think it captures (quite accurately) exactly where my heart was at that time. Here we go…

January 22, 2007

This weekend I had a collision of sorts. Not so much of worlds that are, but of a world that is, and a world that could have been. I was sitting in the front row of our Kalahari retreat worshiping with my buddies from Darkroom and I was sitting with some guys from my youth group. And it was as I was singing that the collision occurred. This wasn’t a collision that ended in rubble. It wasn’t a collision that ended in doubt. This collision ended in something a little different.

As I was standing there next to Tim (one of my dudes), I looked at the guys on stage, then I looked at the guys down my row. I looked back at the stage and that’s when it happened. I saw the life that I could have had. I saw the guy on the drums enjoying life and playing with his friends. I saw the guy who piled in a car for 4+ hours with his bandmates for a weekend of music. I saw me. 

Then I looked down the aisle and saw the guys from my youth group. I saw some singing, some standing there, and some talking. I looked in the row behind me saw some of my girls with their eyes closed and actually singing; actually worshiping. I looked back down the row and that’s also when it happened. I saw the life that I live. I saw the guy wandering around during meals and talking to his students. I saw the guy making phone calls in his office until 9 o’clock at night trying to get students in those chairs because of the life-changing potenetial of the weekend. I saw me.

And the collision occurred. I saw me, and I saw me. But which one was I? Which one AM I? And I emerged from the collision certain of one thing. I’m certain that I was with the people that are in my heart. It was here that my decision was confirmed and knew I was and am right where I need to be. I looked on stage and saw my band, and I looked around and saw my students. And that was all the confirmation I needed. And when I looked back at the band, I didn’t see me anymore. 

I liked playing in a band. I LOVE working with students. That was the difference when I moved to Wooster in September, and it’s the difference TODAY. They’re great and I wouldn’t trade any concert or tour for any of them. 

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To charge or not to charge?

Since day one here at Wooster Grace, I’ve had to figure out how large group events fit into my schedule. I like them and I liked them while I was in youth group. And I’m not going to debate whether or not to do events. My friend Mark did a great job with that in his post a couple days ago. But instead, I would like to throw around some thoughts about whether or not you should make students pay to come to your events.

How much is the event costing you? As much as you’d love to never spend money on anything ever again, let’s be realistic. Things such as food, decorations, giveaways, and prizes can drain a budget pretty fast. If you’re serving “meal” food like pizza, hot dogs, or lobster (if you ever serve lobster at your event, give me a call), you might want to consider charging because those things cost more than pretzels or Bugles.

The idea is never to make money on an event. That’s what your budget is for. And really, the idea is not even to offset ALL of the costs for your event. The idea is to offset SOME of the costs. Don’t feel like you have to do this every time, because again, that’s what your budget is for. But one of the reasons to charge (or not to charge) is to offset some of the cost of your event.

Just be wise. The more your event costs, the more you might want to think about charging. If it’s not costing you that much, then say “FREE EVENT” every chance you get. Either way, good luck with your events (if you do them) and good luck deciding whether or not to charge for them. And seriously, if you have lobster at your event, call me. I’m not kidding.

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