The sabbatical time began with 10 days in New York City…during which I stayed at Union Theological Seminary, and spent time with God thinking and dreaming for Highland Oaks. I was able to, among other things, work through a sermon plan through up until Easter 2008, and get a jump start on sermon preparation for the first sermon series of the fall. I was also to spend some time before the Lord searching for what he might want to do with HOCC in the coming years. It was a great experience. Here’s a bit of what I came to…

-HOCC is uniquely equipped for certain things — we simply must pursue certain things.
-HOCC is completely ill-equipped for certain things — we must simply avoid spending too much time and energy on those things…or support those who do them well.
-The same is true of HOCC’s preacher–I simply must be about certain things, and try to encourage others with variant gifts to do some of the things that I am simply not gifted to do.

Here’s the question…do you think people should spend more time focusing on improving their weaknesses, or on growing further in their areas of strength?