The First Week

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This was a first week for a lot of things:

My first day at the office.
My first elders meeting.
Olivia's first day of pre-school.
Our first Back-to-School night (for Anna)

And, all things considered, this was a very good week. There were the small things–struggles with setup, email, network, moving, etc. But all the big stuff…family, church, etc., are going great.

I've been haunted all day by one of my favorite quotes. It's from Jim Collins in Good to Great. The opening lines of the book remind me that what is true of business is sometimes true of churches:

Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have
so little that becomes great. We don't have great school principally because we have good schools. We don't have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so  easy to settle for a good life. The vast majority of companies never become great, precisely because the vast majority become quite good–and that is their main problem."

We should always give thanks to God for His blessings, but we should also keep thirsting for the great when it comes to things of the kingdom. Praise God for good churches. Now, let's seek to become great churches as He defines it.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, 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 numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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