Here’s the final part to Christine Caine’s talk to the staff at Celebration Church. Read Part 1 and 2 here and here.
Passion is Not a Job or Obligation
- You’ll go further on fumes of passion than one million dollars.
- With passion, you’ll get more buy in from people and volunteers.
- At this level, no one is going to stir passion up for you.
- Got to learn to do it on your own.
- Need a gut-level gladness.
- Passion is a heart issue. It is internally regulated.
- Colossians 3:23
- If the heart is established, it cannot be shaken.
- Only things that can be shaken will be.
It’s About the Bigger Picture
- Not about position in church.
- Instead a “whatever attitude.” In it for the bigger picture.
- Constantly keep bigger picture in mind. Constantly die to self.
Don’t Live a Compartmentalized Life
This point is related to how do you juggle so many things at one time. If you’re involved in full-time ministry, sometimes it’s hard to separate “church life” from “home life.” Christine touches on this point; saying not to view your life as compartmentalized.
- Your life isn’t compartmentalized (e.g. church life, spouse life, extracurricular life, etc.), it’s interconnected.
- There’s no conflict when your heart is established (interconnected, not compartmentalized).
- You are not taking away from one or the other.
- You don’t have multiple lives (e.g. church, spouse, friend). You have one life.
- A life in Christ. Everything orbits around that.
- Don’t build extraordinary churches on ordinary commitment.
You Lose Passion When . . .
Brian Houston reminds the staff at Hillsong that he would take passion, an attitude of gratitude and submission over gifts and talents any day.
- Get bored.
- You forget your first love (Revelation 2:4).
- You think it’s all about you and not the bigger picture.
- Isolate yourself or become lonely.
- In a church that ebbs and flows, your ability to be flexible and navigate those ebbs determines your longevity on the team.
- Lots of people leave because of insecurity; they’re not getting the spotlight.
- Equivalent of an adolescent temper tantrum.
- Stay secure in Christ.
- Psalm 127:1
- There’s always work involved in building God’s house.
- Desire to have something that’s not yours to have (now or ever).
- Keep eyes in your own lane.