Jon Acuff, speaker and author, did a breakout session at Orange Conference Live. If you are familiar with any of his books, he wrote a book a few years ago called Do Over, which was very similar content to the breakout.
With all of the changes happening in our world around us right now, many of us are finding ourselves in situations where we need to re-evaluate our job or responsibilities. The book deals with the information from a normal mindset– because we all at some point will experience one of more times in our life. The breakout took this same info a step further and looked at the info through a COVID-19 pandemic perspective
The idea is there are certain times in our lives when something happens and we need to make changes in our life, job, or ministry. Some of them we have control over, some we don’t.
What follows are my notes and thoughts from his breakout (and the book.)
- Hit a ceiling –
You need skills when you hit a ceiling
Critical skills — things you have to do
New skills – things you have always wanted to do but didn’t have time
Classic skills—things that got left behind as you grew
2. Bump– involuntary unexpected negative moment
You need relationships when you hit a bump
This is a show up season—show up for your people
Ask what they need
Listen to their answer
People become visible and valuable
Act on that need
3. Jump – involuntary unexpected negative moment
You need character during a jump
Be an amateur
Give yourself and others a lot of grace
We have feelings about feelings
You need Hustle when an opportunity presents itself
Build a routine
People process crisis differently, so grace is necessary
How do you get your thoughts in order
When will we have another summer like this to spend with our kids
Try something and see if it works. If it does continue, if not try something else
Aim for the middle. Do nothing? Firehose? Stay somewhere in the middle.
Relationship over resources
Better to meet the need rather than invent the need
In addition to the breakout session, Jon also had a question/answer time where he took questions from the viewing audience. WHat follows are some of the questions/answers that came from that connversation.
Don’t look too far ahead. Take week by week. Take step by step.
We think we have to understand everything. The truth is we will not understand everything.
What are some things churches will hang onto?
Something new that is good that should stick
We had red tape – but we don’t need that
We can do things faster than we thought—take a look at efencies that can stick
Things we learned that we never needed to learn before
Streaming or online platform
Its ok to be sad
You don’t know when the last thing will happen
We don’t know what is going to happen so everything may be the last time we do something
Did you attend Orange Conference? What did you think? Have you read Do Over? Which of these experiences have you experienced and how did you get through it? Post a comment or send me a message and let me know.
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