Touché February 5, 2016
Posted on February 5, 2016 by under Touché,


Peyton and Me

“This applies to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall begin to do duty in the service of the tent of meeting; and from the age of fifty years they shall retire from the duty of the service and serve no more.” (Leviticus 8:24-26)

I’m rooting for Peyton Manning this weekend, not just because I grew up in Denver and have been a Bronco fan since the days of Floyd Little, but because Peyton is an old man in football years and many consider him washed up and unable to physically compete with the agile, athletic, young Cam Newton.  We shall see.

In ministry years the book of Leviticus says it is past my time to be leading in the temple, and some days I feel it, however, inspired by young, visionary church planters in India, I return to Hopewell on fire.  I was ordained almost thirty years ago and the church and the world have changed considerably.   The vision of growing a thousand-member megachurch has diminished, but it has been replaced by the very real vision of working with people as they become successful disciples who reflect the fruit of the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, generosity and self- control.  This is one of the reasons why I believe I have a new play book for this season of ministry that comes from the Ridder church renewal process.  The vision of Ridder starts with the idea that the end game is not bigger and better churches, rather it is individual disciples who find their missional calling in the world.  It is the essence of what we have been working on with the 167 Living vision.  It is a change of our mental models of being a Christian, but at this stage of my life it is the only vision that I feel is worth living for.  I have found in Faithwalking (which you will be hearing more about) an emotionally healthy spirituality that I have been longing to see lived out in the church for all these years.

They don’t retire preachers like they did Levites and I am thankful for that, because I want to use these “veteran” years that I have left in ministry for significance as opposed to success, and for helping people live into the fullness of the kingdom of God.  I am excited for Peyton, that he has this shot at the Super Bowl.  It will be interesting to see if he keeps on going or retires from the game on Sunday.  I am thankful that I still have this shot in ministry and I am thankful that the calling for me continues after Sunday, and gets deeper and wider.

Go Broncos!