We are just a few months away from moving into a new headquarters for LifeWay. From my current office window, I can see the new structure under construction. It is almost surreal watching it go up.
For five years or so, the leaders of LifeWay studied and considered, accepted bids, sold the property, designed a new headquarters, contracted a builder, and started the long process of relocating our ministry.
Before I came to LifeWay, I used to joke about relocations. Three different times in my life, the church I was serving voted to relocate. Even the church where I was when LifeWay came calling was talking about it. I wondered if I should get a business card printed – “Want to relocate? Call me to your church.”
So, when I came to LifeWay, I told my friends, “At least I won’t have to relocate again.” After all, LifeWay has been in the same spot for over 100 years.
This is funny.
The process of selecting office furniture and gear for our new studio has me thinking about a reality all of us would do well to remember – everything is temporary.
The truth is, none of this belongs to me. It isn’t my desk or my chair. It sure isn’t my ministry. Very soon – faster than can be imagined, someone else will be sitting in this seat.
It seems to me that that any ministry leader would do well to spend a good bit of energy preparing for that next person. Instead of figuring out how to hang on to something that doesn’t belong to us in the first place, how about figuring out how to leave it to someone else and set them up to succeed?
Our Father never intended anything here to be permanent.
I’m sitting in someone else’s office.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.