Lessons from Week 1 – New York

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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?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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