Friday, June 28, 2019

Why PCC Needs an Executive Pastor

What is an Executive Pastor and how is it different than the Senior Pastor?

An Executive Pastor is different from the Senior Pastor or any other pastoral staff in that he or she gives more immediate oversight to the overall organization of the church  – planning, directing, strategy, allocating of resources, and evaluating the ministries of the church.  An X Pastor is the overseer of operations, a strategist, and supervisor.

An X Pastor would also be directly involved in the ministries of the church, with a “hands on” approach to Bible studies & classes, age-level ministries, children, teens, seniors, etc., by providing leadership, encouragement, resources, and support to everyone involved. 

In short, an X Pastor is the human nerve-center for everything organizational – freeing up the senior pastor to preach, teach, and shepherd the flock more effectively.  An X Pastor ensures that “things get done”, that communication takes place, that unity is maintained, that ministries are running well, and mission-drift does not set in.  Most immediately, he or she relates directly to all staff and volunteers (paid and unpaid) as the central hub that all the spokes fit into.  In other words, he or she is the “single point of contact” for operations.  

Since we don’t have an X Pastor right now, all of these duties are shouldered by our current (limited) staff.... and this load is on top of our regular full-time jobs.  As such, we are spread too thin, which leaves our church less effective.... across the board.  Our church has simply outgrown our current model of ministry. 

I think PCC could benefit from an X Pastor.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Why I Resumed Weight Training at 60 Years Old

Lifting weights at any age has its rewards, but after 50 it can literally change your life.  The prescription for stiff joints, sore backs, and sleep troubles is lifting weights.  Pumping iron can increase bone density, reverse osteoporosis, and raise testosterone in older men! 

Here’s an excerpt from the book “The Barbell Prescription” written by Jonathan M. Sullivan, a medical doctor and PhD.  It really got my attention.

Strength training can slow, arrest, or even reverse many of the degenerative effects of aging:  loss of muscle and strength, brittle bones, floppy ligaments, frozen joints, and the decline of mobility and balance.

In the past, war, famine, and infectious diseases were the scourge of mankind.  Today the main killers are cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Cancer runs second, while diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and respiratory diseases bring up the rear.  When infectious diseases do kill us, they tend to do so at the extremes of age and ill health.

A tragic manifestation of modern aging is the 65 year-old nursing home pretzel: diapered, immobile, sore ridden, tube fed, chronically dehydrated, kept alive until the insurance stops paying off, and finally allowed to die to open up the bed for a more lucrative replacement.

This obscenity is perpetuated by modern medicine’s ability to keep dead people breathing.  

End quote.

Me? I have no intention of going quietly.  I am committed to growing older with as much strength, vigor, and function as I possibly can.

Strength training (lifting weights) has long been thought of as the domain of burly young men.  Sure, a 22 year old bodybuilder can train a lot harder than a 60 year old grandmother, and he might even look better with his shirt off.  But the 60 year old needs to train in a way that Gym Bro cannot begin to fathom.  The 22 year old is pumping iron to look good on the beach.  The older person is engaged in a death match for existence, fighting to hang on to tissue, mobility, independence, and years of quality living.

In my remaining years I want to be active, in shape, continue gardening, throw my cast net like a boss, jog on the beach, lift heavy things, live as productively as possible, and passionately pursuing the things that mean the most to me.  I want to run my race well and cross the finish line strongly.

Dr. Sullivan says, “Exercise is the most powerful medicine in the world.  No drug in the world will ever match the power of exercise medicine.  Not drug in the world will ever confer so many beneficial effects to so many organ systems, at so little cost, with so few side effects.