12 Jul 2018 The Enemy of Depth is Speed
by Brandon Shuman, Worship Pastor |
I have been a pastor for twelve years, and I have loved pretty much every moment of it. Pastoring at a church involves a unique balance of speed and depth. On the one hand, I try to accomplish as much as possible to help those in my community know and follow Jesus. On the other hand, I must carve out time to slow down to foster my own personal relationship with God. I’ve heard it said that “the enemy of depth is speed,” and I couldn’t agree more. I must have rhythms in my life that force me to slow down and go deep. Taking a sabbatical, a time of rest, is one of those rhythms offered to the pastoral staff. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to slow down and seek God with my family during my sabbatical, which started at the beginning of July.
I started my journey with Jesus twenty years ago as a high school freshman. Soon after, I felt a calling into pastoral ministry and I started leading worship in my youth group. I continued leading worship through Bible college and then went straight into a full-time ministry position after graduation.
I must carve out time to slow down to foster my own personal relationship with God.
With little breaks here and there, I’ve spent the last twenty years straight leading worship. It’s become a large part of my life and identity, and I’m grateful for the journey I’ve had. I love being a “pastor musician” and using music to foster environments of worship. It’s amazing what God does when people gather and worship Him.
Being a pastor adds a unique dynamic to my relationship with Jesus and makes it even more important that I constantly return to my identity as God’s son. I’m not God’s employee; I’m His child. He loves me because I’m Brandon, not because I’m a pastor. He wants my ministry to be an honest expression of my genuine relationship with Him.
Though I will miss leading worship at Northshore until I return at the beginning of September, I imagine this time will be very good for my soul. Please pray for Angie, myself, Ailey and Zeke as we rest and seek the Lord together this summer. I miss you already and I’m excited to come back refreshed and ready for this next season at Northshore.
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